Pomp And Circumstance

DIY Stripe Candles

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on February 4, 2013


I made these for a company Christmas party client back in December (duh), because I needed a lot of them and did not want to pay upwards of $12 a pair. I ended up getting plain cream-colored candles from the Dollar Tree, but Trader Joe’s also has a 12 pack for a really good price. They are simple it’s true, but a couple of things to know that would make or break this project….

1. Clean the candles first with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball

This step is pretty important because it helps the paint adhere to the candle

2. Next tape off the area you DO NOT want paint to be. 

I had to re-do this when I realized I did not want paint on the wick part, which means I have to put tape on that part. So, start by taping off the wick end first, then work your way down.



Super important if you don’t want your candle to burn in some kind of toxic mess. I just used my kids black Tempera Paint.

Screen shot 2013-02-04 at 9.15.54 AM

I used two or three coats, and it dries pretty fast in between coats. I used a shallow dish filled with dried beans to stand up the candle sticks to dry.


Lastly, peel the tape off, but do it gently cause it is easy to scrape off the paint (the down side of water-base paint, but, I’m thinkin’ the easy scratch off is a no-brainer compared to the choice of toxic fire hazard)



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  1. Chantal M. said, on February 11, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I am a big fan of candlelight and these candles are really adorable. I love the idea, have to try it when this year’s Christmas come. Who am I kidding, I’m gonna try it next time I have few hours to spare. Thank you very much for sharing.

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