A Christmas Candle Made Out Of Landscape Edging! Why it is my mind never stops going?
What I mean is I came up with an idea using the landscape edging for the rustic pumpkins. I have also made angels from landscape edging. This Christmas season the landscape edging turned into a Christmas Candle. Kind of makes me think I can’t leave anything it was intended to be. I may even have an idea for Easter and Fourth of July but that is in the future.
The Christmas candle is another easy project, but it won’t be done in a day. I have listed the materials below. To begin, I painted the 7 inch wood circle plaque using the craft paint. Since I am making three candles, I painted red, silver and gold plaques. This will be the base of the candle. It took a couple of coats of paint on each side. Then after it dried I used the glitter paint in the same color as the craft paint and just painted one side.
I drilled a hole in the top of the wood landscape edging and then painted the edging with white DIY chalk paint.
That is when inspiration struck! It was like a huge lightbulb blinked on and off over my head. As I was painting the wood edging I was thinking wouldn’t you know for once in my life the paint isn’t running and causing drips and lumps. If this is going to look like a candle it should have wax dripping down right? I took the Aileen’s Tacky glue and dribbled it around the top edge of the wood. In some spots I wiped it up so the drips didn’t go all the way to the bottom as I wanted it to resemble a real candle. Personally I think you can skip that step and go directly to mixing up thick chalk paint. I mixed up a thick mixture of chalk paint, using more Plaster of Paris than I normally would. Next I dribbled that around the edge of the top. I let it dry completely and did it again. I layered it on so it looked like the candle wax dripped down the side. It is something that you can do until you get the effect you like.
When I felt it looked right I used clear wax to give it that waxy feel. The next step is to drill a small pilot hole in the wood plaque on the underside. I eyeballed the middle. Then I took the candle and turned it upside down and placed the plaque on it. I put the drill bit in the pilot hole and drilled a pilot hole in the candle. Next step, use a small screw to connect the two pieces of wood.
Now the fun begins. Cut pieces of the rope, about an inch, do enough so the hole on top of the candle is filled. The length should be varied. Put a glob of glue in the hole on the top of the candle and insert the rope. That is the candle flame.
I took the poinsettias off the stems and started gluing. I used three flowers placed around the candle base. Pull off or use the wire cutters to cut off the glittery berries from the picks. Then I just started gluing the sparkly, glittery berries all around. It is a matter of placing them so it fills the base and there is texture, sparkle and varied height.
I can see these as a center piece or on the mantel. I think I need to make a few more all in one color for my mantel because someone is going to be getting these as a little gift.
Wood Landscape Edging
1/4″ Yellow Polly Rope
Black and Decker Drill
1/4 ” Drill Bit and small drill bit for screw
small wood screw
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
DIY Chalk Paint
7″ Wood Circle Plaque from Walmart
Metallic Craft Paint in Red, Gold or Silver
Craft Twinkle Paint in Red, Gold or Crystal