Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sure Enough...It Really Is That Easy...


The directions:

(and I quote)

"Spread some Mod Podge on each candle with a sponge brush, then roll the candle in Epsom Salt in a ratty old pan."


That's it!

Easy, right?

It must be! She said her 5 year old helped make them.
But I wasn't about to go there.
My six year old would be covered in mod podge and the kitchen would be covered in salt.


But if her 5 year old can do it, then clearly, I should be able to.

I saved the idea to my Tumblr as soon as I saw it.

I needed a gift to give the boys' teacher's for Christmas, and this fit the bill perfectly!

I went to Michael's and bought my supplies.

9 inch candles on sale, no...on SUPER sale, for $1.99!

My plan to do two candles increased in that very moment and I came out with six.

(I mean, seriously, $1.99...I know at least four more women that would be happy to receive a pretty candle...myself included!)

I found the mod podge (I'm still not sure exactly what it is, or what it's really used for) and was on my way back home.



As soon as our little girl was sound asleep for the night, I started in on the project. Just to be safe, I re-read the directions that she had written (...and came away totally unsatisfied with the lack of step-by-step instruction...because how could something so pretty be that easy?). I'll admit, I thought for sure I was going to screw it up somehow. But that probably came from the fact that I need the boys to take these to school with them tomorrow morning to give to their teacher's (it's the last day before Winter Break) and I did not have a back up plan if these didn't work.

Luckily...they worked out perfectly!


So this is me, telling you...

you can count on this to work!

All you need is:

any candle of your choice.

Any size, color, scented or unscented...it's up to you.

I went with white to be certain that it could fit in with any decor...


Instead of running the shimmer all the way to the top of the candles, I wanted to stop about 3/4 of the way up. I put a rubber band around each candle before I started so that I would have a decently straight line to go off of when I was painting on the mod podge...


I lined everything up - assembly line fashion...

candles

mod podge and brush

epsom salt

and a drying rack covered in waxed paper to catch any excess glue and salt


I put the epsom salt in an old baking pan and filled it to about an inch deep. I didn't want to run the risk of the candle rolling on the bottom of the pan and scraping off the salt. I'm sure it was unnecessary, but it made me feel better...


Candle #1...

success!


Pretty, right?


After I rolled the candle in the salt and stood it up on the drying rack, I immediately and carefully rolled the rubber band up off of the candle. I was afraid to leave the rubber band on just in case any mod podge had gotten under it. I didn't want to end up with the rubber band glued to the candle.
Not exactly the look I'm going for!





Four down, two to go...


I ended up buying two different bottles of mod podge. Again, since I had never used it before, I didn't know what to expect. The first was just plain, glossy finish. The second was called "sparkle". It was worth trying. So the last two candles were done in the sparkle mod podge. You can see in this next photo that is has a very fine glitter in it...


Honestly, looking at all six finished candles, I can't tell the difference between the glossy candles and the sparkle candles...


All I know is that I am really, really happy with how they turned out!

I'm going to let them fully dry overnight and then embellish them and wrap them up for the boys to take to their teacher's in the morning...


Thank you, thank you to Emily at Remodeling This Life!

Your daughter is right...

"you have some interesting ideas."

And thank goodness for that!



I'll show you all the finished product in the morning...




P.S. I am posting this at:

The Inspired Room for Holiday Linky Friday

The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday


27 comments:

High Heels and Aprons said...

I wonder if you could tint the salt with a little food coloring and maybe a little bit of glitter or Disco Dust to make it sparkle? Maybe I should try this, with my kids tucked safely away in bed, of course! My kitchen and children would be covered in salt too! :)

Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

Jane said...

Just when I thought my Christmas Crafting was done! LOL! Gotta do this -like tomorrow!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

You and I had the same idea! (I wish I had found your candle deal at Michaels, though!) I blogged the idea, but not our finished result, yet. But I can't believe you haven't used Mod Podge before! There are entire blogs devoted to the stuff! I'm sure you'll find lots to do with it!

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Add another project to the list...

Jaime said...

Gunnar is also giving Mrs. S a candle tomorrow. Not nearly as awesome as yours...darn it! I wish I was as crafty as you.

Bethany at 3SonsPlus1 Crew said...

Fantastic idea!! I think my boys could even handle this one!! Maybe... :)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I loved this idea too! Yours turned out simply fabulous!!

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

They look so great. I am glad you tried it!! It really is THAT easy! :)

For the first commenter - I didn't try coloring or glittering it, but have friends who added glitter to their mod podge and the results were great.

I hear Martha did this on her show this week and can you believe she didn't mention me? The nerve.

duchess said...

They look beautiful already. I can't wait to see the finished product - I'm in desperate need of a gift idea for my neighbors.

Cha Cha said...

I love these, I have a friend getting married soon and I am going to pass thid on to her. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

Cha Cha said...

I love these, I have a friend getting married soon and I am going to pass thid on to her. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

Jenny B said...

Thanks sooo much for the tutorial and WOW look at you go girl! BEAUTIFUL candles!!!!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

I like how you left the top portion of the candles plain!

Happiest of Holidays! Janell

Mama Thompson said...

I saw her post to0...and put it on my to do list...I have 3 green candles on my dining table that could really use some sparkle...just haven't made it to the store to get the epsom salts (that's on today's list)...but I am loving your tall white ones...especially with the top left plain...so pretty! And seriously...how have you never used mod podge...obviously, I need to live closer so you can see all the amazing uses of it:) Can't wait to see you...very soon!

Kate- said...

how funny! I saw her idea and bookmarked it as well!
Yours turned out beautifully!

Carol said...

Your candles turned out so pretty! What a great idea for teacher gifts! Thanks for sharing it, I can't wait to try it! Stop by and visit me sometime!
http://songberries.blogspot.com

Anna said...

I did this craft a couple weeks ago and I put a couple of the candles in tall, glass, cylinder vases - it made the salt get all sweaty and gunky for some reason! So don't do that! I had to peel it all off - but the ones that were free standing were fine! Love your blog by the way - never have posted before... really like it. =)

Elise said...

Those are so pretty!! I am teetering with the idea of doing that for my mother in law, and then putting them in hurricanes.
Love it!!
Elise

Martha said...

Oh how beautiful...my mom just told me about this today...and I'm leaving to go out of town and so anxious to do it...they look great.

The Tidy Brown Wren said...

I just found your blog and I love it! These candles are beautiful. I like the fact that they can be used throughout the winter to bring a little sparkle and light to dreary days. Can't wait to see how you embelish them.

Joel and Amy Haldeman said...

this was in martha stewart Dec magazine...she used light blue candles and had them on a silver plate lined with epsom salts looking like snow--it looked adorable!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Very cute! Yep, there is an entire blog devoted to Mod Podge. You so have to come see me! :D

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Gorgeous Karla! The snowy white texture on the white is amazing!

I viewed your embellished take on these candles too. The outcome is simply amazing and such a wonderful gift!

Thanks for linking up both to SNS!

FJ Donna

Cheryl said...

Fabulous idea - just when I thought I was done! I have the candles, have the mod podge - running out in the morning to get epson salts! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas

down comforter said...

That is SUCH a good idea - love it!

DanaMc said...

I also saw this over at RemodelingThisLife.com and made note to try this soon. 'm so glad that you did it - and posted your results. I love the look. And, I'll be doing it soon!

gabby said...

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