Thursday, August 21, 2008

Grubby Electric Candles

These grubby candles are fun to make! This is one of the first ones I made a few years back.
I picked up some old electric candles at yard sales and flea markets . Sometimes you can find them at dollar stores too.

I took some sandpaper and sanded down the candle, then painted it with brown acrylic paint. When it dried, I painted it with Mod Podge and then rolled it into a mixture of instant coffee, real coffee grounds, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

When that was dried, I would paint on some more Mod Podge sporatically and 'drizzle' more cinnamon over that.
Once dried, I painted with another coat of Mod Podge to seal the coffee mixture.
I purchased a fluted candle pan and glued the candle to that with clear Liquid nails. I tried hot glue and didn't like the results. Didn't hold good enough.
I tied a strip of homespun around the base of the candle and attched some red pip berries. Then filled the candle pan with scented rosehips.
I replaced the bulb that came with the candle with a silicone coated bulb.

4 comments:

Liz said...

This is a wonderful post. I love the way it way done. Best Wishes

crafty47 said...

What a lovely candle. I have seen a few candles like this wonderful little shop in Smicksburg, PA. They have a website: www.thecountryfarmhouse.com

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Bobby said...

wow! It's looks great. Ultra-realistic electric flamefree candles are perfectly safe.