Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Real Wedding Inspiration Projects: DIY Printed Candles

This DIY project from the L is for LOVE inspiration shoot with Suzanna March Photography  is one of my favorites!  Something about printed candles just adds instant chic factor and are (again) so simple to do!


What you need:
White or Ivory candles; tapers or pillars
Non-toxic Ink pad (tip: pigment based ink works better, however for health reasons due to burning, it is best to use a non-toxic ink)
Large printed rubber stamp (tip: the less ornate the pattern the better)


1) Gather materials
2) Turn the stamp on its backside, rubber side up and evenly spread the ink pad across the stamp (tip: wiping it across the stamp works better than pressing down)
3) Slowly, and pressing as evenly as possible, roll the candle across the inked stamp.  Take time to properly line up longer tapered candles as it will take more than one roll.
4) Carefully place to the side and let dry.  Be careful - these will smear at first until they are fully dry, particularly if you are using a washable/non-toxic ink.

And that's it! Now use as a part of your wedding (or home) decor!

24 comments:

  1. Well, that's cool!!! Those cupcakes are the perfect accent! ;o)

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  2. This is such an awesome idea! Love it!

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  3. Great idea, adds a fun look to plain candles and so easy too!

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  4. This is ingenious! So easy and such a cute detail!

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  5. Love that! Does the ink dry quickly on the candle?

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  6. these are so great! I wish that I was planning my wedding all over again. My engaged friends better watch out or I'll take over their favors and decorations in a jiffy with all these great ideas!

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  7. OMG I love this idea!! I have to share this with my best friend who loves stamps!! Great idea! Thanks Erin!

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  8. Love both!! Now I would like a cup of tea with a heart shaped tea bag tag!

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  9. Cool! I'm going to try this . . . hope mine come out as good~

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  10. Ah, great idea! It'd be super cute if printed on the candles were lyrics to a "special" song! ♥

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  11. Where can you find a stamp like the one used here? Also, what would you recommend to lay the candles on to dry?

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  12. Also, where would be a good/cheap place to purchase pillar candles in bulk for wedding favors?

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  13. Oh this is such a neat idea. I'm going to try it out. I saw the perfect stamp the other day. Thanks!

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  14. @jennifer - i found the stamp at michaels crafts (I think it was around $12)
    & i would suggest for taper candles, that you actually put them in candlestick holders to dry.

    as for where to find candles; i used quickcandles to get votives for my wedding (www.quickcandles.com) - make sure you get long burning ones if you are planning to burn them during your reception. but i would also suggest keeping an eye out at local dollar stores or the christmas tree shop (if you are in the northeast)


    @alicia, if you give them an hour that should be long enough. its just right away that you have to be careful, especially when you use the washable/nontoxic ink, which smears more easily.

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  15. What an amazing idea! I never would have thought of something like this!

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  16. Aww Erin this is a fabulous DIY project! I love it ;-))

    xoxo
    kristi

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  17. So easy yet so gorgeous! I never would have thought to use rubber stamps on a candle, yet it opens up so many possibilities!

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  18. This is genius! Can't wait to try it.

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  19. omg i love this! what a fantastic idea!!

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  20. what does this stamp say? I love the antique feel to it!

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