Dec 16, 2010

Holiday Candle & Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog hop I am so excited to participate and would like to Thank Amanda for letting me join! I am the last stop on the blog hop and you should of arrived here from Laurie's Blog, but if you didn't you can go back to the begining and start here at Amanda's Blog .


With the holidays almost here, it's inevitable that at the last moment I will realize I forgot to get a gift for someone.  I've done this too many times to count. Well today I want to show you a quick and easy gift you can make with supplied you probably already have in your stash.


You will need a candle, patterned paper, ribbon, a marker in any color doesn't matter, liquid glue, glue gun and some embellishments.  First thing you need to do is cut the strips of patterned paper that you will roll into tubes.  Measure the height of your candle and this will be how high you will need your tubes to be, my candle was just shy of 4 inches so I cut at 4 inches.  Be careful when making this cut that the pattern paper is facing the right direction other wise when you roll the tubes your pattern might go the wrong way.  Now you will need to take this cut piece  and cut it into 2 inch strips.  Now how many strips you will need will depend on how big around your candle is and how small you make your tubes.  This candle used 29 tubes.  I used various pieces of Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses collection which made co-ordination a breeze.  So now that you have your strips cut, starts the fun part.  Take one of your strips and lay it face down in front of you and take a marker out of collection.  I used a Zig maker which the 2 inches wrapped around just perfectly, if your marker is different in size you might have to adjust for that.  Roll the strip around the marker, not too tight or you might have a hard time sliding off.  One thing to be careful of is if your marker is tapered and if it is you will have to play with this to make sure the roll is as even as possible.  At the edge apply some liquid glue and hold around the marker until the adhesive is set.  I used glossy accents and it took about 20 seconds to set.  Repeat this with all your strips until they are all in tubes.  Arrange all the tubes in the pattern/order you want to apply them as it will make it a lot easier for work your way through.  Now take a hot glue gun and run a bead all the way down the length of the candle and quickly set your first tube in place.  Hold it there until the glue cools.  Now work your way around the candle until you have gone all the way around.  Take a piece of ribbon or tulle and tie it around the candle and embellish as you please.


Please leave a comment telling me what you thought of this post and what you might like to see in the future and I will do a random draw on Dec 20th at noon for a little Christmas RAK for one lucky winner.
Now back to the Blog Hop, along the way, you have been collecting words. The word from my blogs is IT'S. Now if you have followed the blog hop as intended you should have 8 words/phrases. Unscramble them and leave a comment on Amanda's Blog, she will draw a random winner Monday Dec 20.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the blog hop!
Merry Christmas!

14 comments:

okanogangirl said...

SUPER CUTE idea!!!!

Adele said...

What a GORGEOUS and easy gift idea! So cute!

Veronica said...

GREAT way to use up scraps!!! The possibilities are endless!

Snips and Snails said...

Great idea! The candle is super cute.

Sandy said...

Cute, and really a good idea for any time of the year and way to use those papers left from stacks....

The Kitch Family said...

I love this project! So pretty and not too tough. Great idea! Dana

Gina L. said...

What a great idea! I love it! A great way to use scraps! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Jamey & Catherine said...

Hey, good idea Jen! I might just have to make one for someone I know. (I got you something cool that I don't think you have though already!) Thanks for the invite...I will check out the rest.
Cath

yokaye said...

Super cute candle! What a great idea. Can't think of what I'd like to see more of...I think what you share already is perfect...just keep it coming. :)

Kim E said...

What a great idea, and a great way to use up some scraps. Whats really cool, it you can do one of these for just about any theme. Great idea, TFS!

Froggy530 said...

That is absolutely adorable. I love the tubes of paper. So festive! GREAT JOB!

Stephanie D.

Froggy530 said...

I love your idea. It is so cute. The little tubes of paper are perfect and so festive. great job.

Stephanie

Steff said...

I love the step-by-step for your project. Simple and clear. These are the kinds of things I like to see---easy, do-able projects that look fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
brown eyed girl

Caroleb said...

Loved the candle you made with the scraps.