Back when they used candles to light the way, because there was no electricity yet, people didn’t care so much about what a candle looked like. Now, candles are for ambiance and aroma moreso than for their luminary qualities. We now prefer candles that are tinted and decorated, ones that have unusual and lovely smells, and even fake candles for setting in windows during the holidays. That’s a lot of candles, isn’t it? Speaking of those fake candles did you know that you can make one of them look like many? With a simple technique that creates a beautiful surround for the fake candlestick you can create unique, stained glass looks for the holidays or illuminated images for any time of the year.
Use cardstock, thick paper or thin cardboard to make a surrounding design that encompasses a battery-operated or electric candlestick. There are so many different ways to make the surrounds that you can easily change the look many times in a year. Even though those fake candles are generally seen in windows at Christmastime you can use them year-round and no one will ever know!
Take the chosen cardstock or paper and lay it flat on a table. Cut the width of the paper so that it will stand a little taller than the candlestick itself. Cut the length of the paper according to the design you want. Choices include a circular piece, a triangular piece or even a square. Before folding the cardstock into the shape you want you’ll first create the images on it.
There are lots of ways to transfer images to the cardstock. One way is to use stencils. Another is to use carbon paper to trace an image from a coloring book or other source. Another way is to simply draw a design by hand. Keep in mind the image you’re using along with the design you want. For example, if you choose a single, large image, it might not look like you want it to by the time you fold that paper into a square shape. For triangles and square shapes you’ll find it more appropriate to create a separate image on each side. With round shapes, though, the image can go all the way across the cardstock.
Use a sharp knife to cut out the images on the cardstock. Cut pieces of colored cellophane (different colors or all the same) and tape them to one side of the paper. Be sure the cellophane complete covers all the images. Fold the paper into the shape you want and set it over a battery-operated candlestick. If you’re using an electric candle cut a tiny half-circle at the bottom edge to accommodate the cord. The colored cellophane creates the look of stained glass on the cardstock.
Make candle surrounds for holidays, special occasions or just to use everyday. Create images a theme for the candle surround, like lighthouses, shells and seahorses, or just cut ordinary geometric shapes. Now, anytime you want, you can simply lift up the old candle surround and replace it with a new one!