How to Apply Fabric to Candles?
Have you ever laid your eyes on that expensive array of candles with that fabric decoration glittering on them? If you had, you surely would have wished that they were less expensive. Actually you yourself can make those fabulous fabric decorated candles all by yourself. You buy inexpensive candles and just add the fabric decoration to it.
Satin, lace, jacquards and other such fabrics can be applied to effortlessly to ordinary candles to give them that extraordinary look.
Well, shall we see how to do it? - The method to apply fabric to candles?
Materials Required To Apply Fabric To Candles
Irrespective of whether your candles are huge block or tall tapered or else little votives, you can enrich all of them alike by applying fabrics to them in a creative way. The procedure of attaching fabric to candles is really simple.
For example take a round shaped ball candle. For this you cut little cute flower shapes from lace or satin. Cover the underside with the glue and affix them on the candle. You can even outline these small flowers with glitter paint. This will undoubtedly enhance the final look. All the same this will also prevent the raw cut edges of the fabric flowers from showing. Generally for ball candle small designs are the ideal choice. It is difficult to wrap the entire sphere completely and uniformly with fabric. The excess fabric that may gather at the edges is difficult to handle.
Votives can be decorated with fabric following the above method. Here you can cut the fabric into moons and stars are other such shapes for they are more attractive with votives.
To decorate tall tapered candles with fabric what you can do is, apply narrow strips of velvet or metallic ribbon along the length of the candle. For this you measure the candle first around the bottom. Decide on how many strips you want to place around. Remember all the strips would meet at the top. If you place your fabric strips too close at the bottom, at the top they would be clumsy. So if your candle is 8” at the bottom you may place a fabric strip at every 2”. Once you had decided on the number of strips, scratch a position for each of them in the candle. Use ruler to ensure the lines you draw and the markings you make are straighter.
When done with the markings, with paintbrush apply glue along the markings. Then affix the fabric strips, i.e. the velvet strips/metallic ribbons along the line of glue. Be sure that you work along from the bottom. Once the top is reached, cut off the excess fabric. Finally glitter paint can be added to the top and bottom of the candle to give that final glowing touch.
To decorate a pillar candle with fabric, cut the cloth to a size such that it covers the candle completely and an extra fabric of about an inch is there to spare. This extra length of fabric is for tucking at the bottom of the candle. Apply glue along the length of the candle. Wrap the fabric around the candle and pin it up as you go. Once the glue is dried and the fabric got firmly attached to the candle you can remove off the pins.
One important caution is that a fabric-decorated candle should never be lit. It is solely for decoration purpose.
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