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Dollar store craft: Make a fancy candle

Creating something beautiful to give your mom for Mother’s Day doesn’t have to take a lot of money — or a lot of time. Even if you’re short on one or both, you can make one of these fancy candles, and give her the thoughtful gift she deserves!

Dollar stores are hidden gems when it comes to the supplies needed for unique and creative DIY gifts and projects. Spend a little time perusing the aisles, and you can fill your cart with just about everything you need for the upcoming projects you have planned.

A dollar store will have, at the very least, the white candles in various sizes you need — but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to choose from candles in a variety of colors. If you have more than one “mom” to make gifts for, be sure to pick up enough candles for all the lucky recipients.

While you’re there, don’t forget two complimentary colors of ribbon — one color wider than the other since you’ll be layering them. Pick the flowers you think Mom will like best, making sure to get enough for each candle you are creating.

Little ones can easily get in on making these beautiful candles. If you’re making more than one, you can set up an assembly line. Wrapping the ribbon around the candle and securing it with glue is easier with an extra set of hands. Your kids will enjoy the satisfaction and pride in giving a gift they had a hand in creating.

You just might want to create these candles for other special days throughout the year, too. Just change up the colors and flowers — for example:

  • Make them red, white and blue with a small flag for the 4th of July, Labor Day or Memorial Day
  • Make them orange and black with a tiny pumpkin or witch for Halloween
  • Create one that’s brown and yellow with fall leaves for Thanksgiving
  • Make a fancy candle with red and green ribbon (and maybe gold or silver) with a sprig of mistletoe for Christmas

You can use different materials when wrapping the candle, as well. For a natural look, wrap twine (instead of ribbon) around the bottom half of the candle and finish it off with a sprig of greenery. If you’re going for a formal look, choose a lacy fabric and add a string of pearls or beads around the middle, or use sequined ribbon for added sparkle.


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Wrap thicker ribbon around candle



Hot-glue gun ribbon in place

Wrap thicker ribbon around candle


Press firmly to let glue dry

Hot glue-gun ribbon in place


Place second ribbon around candle

Place second ribbon around candle


Tie ribbon in a bow and insert floral stem

Tie ribbon in a bow and insert floral stem


Trim excess ribbon

Trim excess ribbon


Beautifully done!

Candle beautifully done


 

Handcrafted and made with love!

Handcrafted and made with love


Green floral leaves have a more natural look

Green floral leaves have a more natural look


Gold ribbon offers a slightly fancier candle

Gold ribbon offers a slightly fancier candle


Looks as fabulous as anything bought in a store!

Looks as fabulous as anything bought in a store!


So much pretty detail up close

So much pretty detail up close


These fancy candles make a perfect gift for any occasion

Gorgeous and simple to do


Give them a try!

Give these candles a try


How to make this fancy candle craft

Materials:

  • White dollar-store candle
  • Ribbon or trim (2-inch thickness works well for the first layer, and a thinner ribbon for the second)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Floral stem
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut enough ribbon to wrap around the candle one time.
  2. Hot-glue the ribbon down in the back to secure it in place.
  3. Wrap the thinner ribbon around the candle over the first ribbon, and end with a bow.
  4. Insert pieces of the floral stem into the top ribbon to hold it in place.

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