Hi everyone! Judging from the emails and comments, you all want to know where I got the toile candles from. Well I didn’t buy them. I made them!
They’re really easy to make!
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I had originally used plain white candles but thought it looked a bit boring. I thought “ I wish I had some of those black and white striped candles or better yet, toile candles.” I went looking in my paper stash, found some black and white toile tissue paper and made some! I didn’t even know you could decoupage candles before trying it. But I guess you can decoupage just about anything!
How to decoupage candles
You need Mod Podge, decorative tissue paper and a small sponge brush.
Keep in mind that the color of the candle will show through the paper.
Step 1. Wrap your paper around your candle to determine how much you need and cut.
You should now have a piece of paper that will wrap all the way around your candle. I didn’t take the paper all the way up to the top because I knew I’d want to light them at least a few times and didn’t want the paper to burn.
Step 2. Now apply some Mod Podge to one end of the paper and adhere it to the candle. Then work your paper around to cover the whole candle either with a brush or using your hands. But be gentle, the paper is thin and easily tears.
Step 3. Prop it somewhere so it can dry and that’s it
Now, these really should just be for decorative purposes so be careful if you light them.
You don’t have to use tissue paper. You can also use napkins.
You just have to take the top layer off if you have thick ones.
It’s really easy and quick and you can use all sorts of paper. Although I think scrapbook paper might be too thick, but I haven’t used it so I don’t know for sure. Give it a try!
This is a great way to customize candles to your decor or season!
and i thought i had Mod Podged everything possible! Never thought of candles! very cool!
Andrea at Opulent Cottage says
Manuela, that's the most clever thing I have seen in a long time! I have covered pillar candles with scrapbook paper before but never thought to use the Mod Podge and tissue, which looks so much nicer. Those would cost a fortune if they were in a boutique. Thank you for showing us such a great idea!
Manuela, I just recently found your blog and I am loving all of the eye candy. What a great idea, mod podgeing candles! Hugs, Cindy S.
Marla at Always Nesting says
Beautiful candles. I'm going to give the modge podge a try. I'm stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to creativity 🙂
What a great idea! I have put a lot of other things on candles, but never paper. Thanks for sharing.
Julie Harward says
YOU ARE JUST TOO CREATIVE FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, WHAT WILL YOU THINK UP NEXT I WONDER!!! VERY PRETTY AND I THINK EVEN I COULD DO IT! THANKS~COME SAY HI 😀
Well now, aren't you just the crafty lil' miss! Very nice indeed.
My mind is reeling with the possibilities… candles to match party themes for one.
Storybook Woods says
See this why you are the queen and why we bow down xoxox Clarice
Laryssa Herbert says
That is adorable! Thanks for sharing how you did it.
How very cool! Thanks for sharing.
Very cool idea! They turned out great!
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
Wonderful! I like them even better now that I know you Mod Podged tissue paper on them! : )
Manuela, I am always amazed at your creativity. When I saw your post with the candles, I thought wow I have never seen candles like those, and I wondered where you got them, never dreamed you could make them yourself. So cool. Blessings, Marla
Love the toile Candles… and tissue paper….so cheap. Dollar store candles for me, and $1 tissue paper.. and they look expensive. Way to go.. OH' I LOVE MOD PODGE! have a great evening. JGG
What a clever idea! I've got some toile paper, I just need to remember where I stashed it! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents says
What a great tip! Those candles are beautiful and would be quite pricey if purchased, I'm sure! Whatever would we do without Mod Podge?!?!
Big TX Hugs,
marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says
Now that is just abou the most clever thing I have ever seen and they are just gorgeous. I LOVE them. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Hugs, Marty
[email protected] says
did i ever tell you how awesome and inspiring you are? well you are! thank you for sharing your blessings!
LOVELY!! Oh, and yes, you can Modge Podge most everything. There's a great blog called, "Modge Podge Rocks" w/more great ideas like yours.
The Working Home Keeper says
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely have to try this.
Girl – you are almost too clever! Never would I have thought. They turned out AWESOME! I gotta go try!
I knew you made them! LOL You are so creative…thanks for sharing with us!
laurie @ bargain hunting says
Ok, you can just knock me over with a feather! I would never have thought about deeoupaging candles! And to think, we had to ask about them! Did you plan to keep this your letter secret? I can't believe you went behind our backs and made these and never even posted about it until we asked! As I said before, I HAVE to have some of those, so I'll be getting out my Mod Podge as soon as I can find the perfect paper for this project. Thanks for (finally) sharing this. You are nothing short of brilliant! laurie
Sweet Bee Cottage says
This is ridiculous! Ridiculously clever and cute that is! I'm checking my tissue paper stash RIGHT NOW.
Treasia Stepp says
Thank you so much for letting your secret out for all of us. As soon as I had seen those candles I thought they were gorgeous. Now I've got to head over to my tissue paper leftovers and get at it. Must get some Modgepodge though.
Once again, you are so clever. Thanks for always giving us inspiration. Sally
Sorry about that..too many typos, so excited to see toile tissue..never have seen it here-think I'd buy out the store, since i really love toile
Those candles are simply elegant looking!
You're so clever. I thought you'd found the candles just that way.
Thanks for solving that mystery 🙂
I think this would be ideal for shunky candles with contained flames like your bottom pic!
So creative!!I love them…Kathy
Lamp Tramp says
You are so amazing! Love, love the toile candles!
Is there anything you don't come up with! I love the look and my mind is now running like mad thinking of what I could mod podge.
Thanks for posting this! And thanks to everyone who asked! I wondered and wished I knew where you got those! How clever!
Tommie Jo says
Such a great idea! Brought back funny memories of candles I made years ago that had disasterous results~I had to make frantic phone calls to all I had given one to~~~"whatever you do, DON'T light the candle!". They were pretty though!
Mimi Sue says
Very very cute, Manuela. GREAT idea. Your forced bulbs are wonderful. So needed on these gray days. The silver with the W monograms (or are they M's?) are just like my mother in laws which I inherited. Service for 8. Mimi
What's so neat is that you do things that anyone can do. On a budget, with limited craftability, etc. Since these candles really are just for show, I'm going to hang little charms around the top of mine, right below where they've been burned to. So boutique chic! You are so clever and SWEET and that's about the nicest combination! Destiny
Amy Kinser says
What a great idea! They look great.
Miss Janice says
I am so excited to read this post! I am a toile fanatic and am off tomorrow after church to get some of that Mod Podge. With a drawer full of candles and a closet full of cute tissue paper, I'm gonna be m-pdging away! How in the world do you come up with these fantastic creative ideas girl? I must alert my BFF Teresa Jane…she'll go nuts:) Love it!
I will so be doing this soon! Love it!
Ally's Corner says
Wow, what a cool idea and that is why I love coming to your blog!!! I think I'm going to have to give that a try. How pretty can candles now be around holidays and teacher gifts!!!!!
Have a great day!!!!
I wondered when I saw your pictures if that is what you had done. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Nesting In New England says
Those are so pretty! I would just use them for decor as well but what pretty decor!
What a great & gorgeous idea! I have a feeling that decoupaged candles will be popping up everywhere.
I, too, had admired your candles on your previous post! Thank you for the tutorial on such a terrific idea!
Hope you're having a great weekend!
[email protected] says
What a great idea and so pretty. Thanks for sharing your secret.
Love Mod Podge. Those candles are so awesome! I was so amazed when you said that you made them.
Scrapity Anne says
Gorgeous!!! Just visited your blog for the first time and LOVE it! I really like that you combine a little bit of everything – crafts, decorating, homemaking…and all with style!
I LOVED the candles from your other post and can't remember if I asked about them…but this is lovely that you've posted a tut on how to make them! I would have been too nervous to try this myself, but maybe I'll give it a go now that I've seen how easy it is. Thanks!!! =-D
You're so clever! I love to decoupage and never even thought of doing this with candles…I just have to give it a go!!! TFS
Aunt Amelia's Attic says
Oh you are so clever!!!!!
Was wondering about the covering, burning. But you don't burn it. 🙂
Fantastic tip and you ARE so creative. The candles are beautiful. You are definitely one who thinks "outside the box". Thanks for sharing your pretties ….
Seriously, you never fail to amaze me!! Thanks for sharing it!
[email protected] says
So creative…what a great idea and the toile candles look great in your photos. I'm linking this tip to my idea folder.
This is brilliant. I'm going to have to look for napkins or tissue in the colors I'm using. I don't Mod Podge, but I guess I'll have to start.
Cozy Little House says
Manuela, you are just inspiring with what you come up with! I love this, as I so love decoupage too. I'm going to try this. I wondered how you got those candles with toile. And knew full well you'd probably invented it yourself!
Those are stunning in a very classical way! Awesome!
I love toile and this really dresses up the candles and it doesn't cost much.
I am absolutely going to make these. Thanks for the tutorial.
Mod Podge Amy says
These are so pretty! I love.
You are amazing!! I love the candles and will be copying your idea. You should write a book or have a TV show!
Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria says
I swear girl when I die and come back I want it to be with your brain…you are so clever…I love this and again I can just see me doing this thanks again…Hope your having a great day my friend…Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria
That is such a great idea. I'm going to have to give this a try with all these white/cream candles I have.
Thanks for sharing.
Barb~Bella Vista says
Hi Manuela, this is a wonderful idea and I will definitely try it.
I have a lot of taper candles that I never use….for some reason, they scare the daylights out of me when I am burning them. Yikes!
You didn't know if it would work before you tried it? I am in awe of you, woman! I sit back and copy what everyone else does. You're the trail blazer! Thanks for sharing. They look beautiful!
Blessedmom's Simple Home says
These are beautiful and I know we're going to be seeing all kinds of versions of these all over blogland. You inspire so many of us. Where did you find toile tissue paper?
Very cute and clever! Hope you are having a great weekend too!
I had a little feeling u made them. Love them , going to make them…. mishelle
So fun!!! And I have some of that toile tissue paper. What a great project!!!
Love it Manuela!
Southern Belle says
I just love Mod Podge…love it! If it can be Mod Podged I'd like to say I've tried it…and will have to try this out sometime soon. Thanks for showing us how too.
I just wanted to tell you that I love your home. It is so elegant and rich looking, but at the same time comfortable living. Thanks for sharing your home with us.
Well after seeing these on your blog I've had them on my mind for days!!!
Oh my — you are so very creative. I will be visiting you often for ideas on decorating. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
Sweet Designs says
That is very cool, I have seen crafts like this done on glass dishes, but never on candles. Great tip, thanks!
What an incredible idea. Thank you!
Barbara Jean says
thanks for sharing the how to's
Oh Stop it! I love those candles! I am totally going to have to steal that idea. You are one smart cookie!
Oh my gosh…I just happened upon your blog and it is so adorable!! What a cute idea this is….off to check out more of your posts!!
Have a great week!
Michelle Hoad says
Too cute. I don't usually burn candles, so this would work for me. I have them around for looks.
NYC Girl says
I dont burn candles either so these may be great decorations!
very cute….great idea!
Manuela, this is one of my favorites of anything you've ever posted. Those toile candles are so amazing–I was one of the many people who admired them. I NEVER would have guessed that you decoupaged them, but that makes so much sense! I have a feeling a whole lot of us are going to be copying this idea!
Hi Manuela..it's been forever. Love your candles. My teacher friends make candles for mother's day and they take cheap candles from wherever and the kids draw with white tissue paper with colored pencils and then the you cut it to fit each candle..then you use a heat gun to slowly adhere it to the candle. Works great!! but you have inspired me to take it to a more sophisticated level….I have two taper candle sticks that need some…great idea…
Kathleen Grace says
Oh you clever, clever girl! Thanks for the tutorial. I just saw a packet of decoupage tissue at Michaels yesterday, with red toile and checks and harlequin diamond patterns in one package! I may have to go back and get that:>)
The Tablescaper says
What an awesom idea! And there is some incredible tissue paper out there. Hmmm…think of the possibilities.
– The Tablescaper
Awe-inspiring! I saw some great napkins on clearance at Target for next to nothing. I will be picking up a few different styles to update my dollar store white candles.
This is simply divine…
The Inspired Nest says
I just got your blog from Opulent Cottage and I just have to say WOW! You have now unleashed a crazy modge podge monster in me! I will be finding every candle I can to make a statement! Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh my goodness…I love this! I don't think I will look at a napkin the same (or my candles)! Love it 🙂