Making Decorative Pillar Candles with Decals

What You'll Need
Clip art
Decal sheet
Spray varnish
Bowl of water

Pillar candles can make excellent decorations. When decorated with decals they take on individuality. It’s a craft that’s easy to do, and turns into excellent gifts. All it takes is a few materials, and a strong dose of creativity and imagination. You can wrap the entire candle with a decal, or put smaller ones around the candle, it’s completely up to you.

Step 1 - Candles

Use new pillar candles. The height doesn’t matter, although taller pillar candles will give you a greater area to decorate with decals. It’s not important whether the candles are scented or not, although you should avoid glitter candles and just pick plain ones.

Step 2 - Decals

The fun part comes when you choose the decals. There are many clip arts sites on the Web. Look through these and pick out items and designs you like. With a large design, you can cover the entire candle, where smaller pictures offer many possibilities.

Take your time to make your selection, and remember that they don’t all have to be on the same site. When you find something you like, print it up, although you need to be sure that you print onto a decal sheet. You’ll be able to find these in office supply stores and craft shops. Keep going until, you’ve printed up all the decals you want and remember, if you print too much, you can always buy more pillar candles.

Step 3 - Applying the Decal

Use spray varnish to coat the front of the decal. Put on 1 coat first, and then allow to dry before putting on a second coat. Once that has dried completely, cut the decal to the size of the candle, if you’re coating the entire candle, or around the illustration, if it’s much smaller.

Dry out and place on the candle to check position and angle, and to be certain you have the size correct. With smaller illustrations, this gives you the chance to come up with a design for other illustrations on the pillar candle.

Step 4 - On the Candle

When you’re happy with the decals, soak them in a bowl of water, until the backing starts to becomes loose; this should take about 1 minute. Take the decal out of the water, apply it to the candle, peeling away the backing as you go. Where you’re covering the whole candle, you’ll have time to move the decal so it’s straight.

Once the decal is in place, take a wadded paper towel and begin to smooth it down. This will ensure that all the air bubbles are taken out, and will also soak up excess water. Now, allow the decals to dry--you’ll do best by resting them upright on paper towels that will soak up the water. Don’t touch them for at least 3 hours, until the decals have fully dried. Your decorated pillar candle is now finished.