Classy Lace Votive

31 Mar

As a kid, I labelled myself a pyromaniac.  Not because I liked to set things on fire and might one day move on to bigger prey like houses and schools, but because I really liked candles and matches, and I didn’t really know the meaning of “pyromaniac”.  Nevertheless, my love for candles and lanterns and all things flammable endures!  Here’s a super simple way to make a simple, understated candle much classier (and maybe even arguably sexier).

If you’re a regular on my blog, then you know by now that all my tutorials are not “You should use…” but rather “This is what I used…”, so you already know that you should always keep yourself on your toes, imaginatively speaking.  On to it then~!

What I used, pictured here:
– Simple, small candle — less than a dollar
– Elmer’s rubber cement — about $3.00
– Ribbon — $2.00
– Black lace — maybe $3.00
— So about $9 total (the project doesn’t technically cost that much since I’m not using every strand of ribbon or lace or the entire bottle of rubber cement to make it happen —

( 1 ). You should take any labels off of your candle — we’re shooting for a classy look, after all.  ( 2 ). Measure your lace and your ribbon to be sure that they will fit nicely around the candle.  You can do this with either measuring tape if it suits you, or just wrap one around the candle (I cut the ribbon to fit the candle, and then I laid the ribbon over the lace so that I could see where to cut the lace).  ( 3 ). This will depend on your preference, but the original width of the lace was just tall enough that it would only barely peek over the top of the candle, and I wanted it to stand out more, so I cut the lace in two horizontally, glued them with the cement onto the candle, making sure to leave just enough vertical space between them that the ribbon could cover it up.  ( 4 ). Totally optional, but you should add something nice to yours, like a bow or little fabric rose.  <3.

That’s it!  Try it out, comment your results below, and please, please, please be sure to try something a little different!  I love seeing people take projects and making them their own.  I suggest you try it with white lace and a pastel color for a springtime decor.

Thanks again, and here’s your ten charisma,

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Tutorials


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