Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Made just for you....

Hi everyone!

      Today at Try it on Tuesday we are asking to make a -

I am already firmly in the Christmas mood so I decided to make a gift...and as usual at Christmas I decorate Candles....I was introduced to Servietten Technique years ago by my mother-in-law and I LOVE it. I won't explain about it all here - but if you do want to know more detail about how it is done then you can see my post about it here.

      I decided to decorate two candles. One a very vintage style candle and one that is really cute!

         For the 'Cute' candle I chose a red serviette with white snowflakes - I have hundreds of serviettes and a lot are Christmas themed ones - I particularly like the simple red and white Christmas images.

       I stuck the serviette to the candle with Modpodge (you can use PVA glue and water mixed 3:1)  When dry I began decorating it.

 I wrapped twine around the base of the candle and then chose a very festive red gingham ribbon with green embroidery detail on it.

     I chose a plain wooden button and pushed a red velvet brad through the two button holes. Securing it at the back it made Rudolph's nose....I added some eyes with black marker pen and the antlers were made from twig die cuts covered in Walnut Stain DI. I stuck the button onto a delicate wooden die cut and stuck it to the candle.

For the vintage style candle I chose a more traditional style serviette of flourishes, holly and music.

    I stuck this to the candle and when dry I dabbed Walnut Stain DI on it to shabby it up a little. Sage green ribbon was tied around the candle and secured in the centre of the bow with a brad.

 I also used the serviette on a piece of card (Servietten technique can be used on so many things) I dabbed the edges with Walnut Stain DI and then stamped 'Merry Christmas' onto card and embossed it with Gold embossing powder before cutting it out with a craft knife.

                                 I tied this label onto the candle with brown hemp string.

        And there are my two gifts....

          Candles decorated with serviettes can still be lit....they look amazing when the candle is beginning to burn down as the image gets lit up. Be careful though - some candles don't burn very straight. If the wick is slightly crooked or isn't trimmed, then the flame can get too close to the serviette coating and catch light...

Don't they look wonderful?!

           Thanks for being here to take a look....hop on over to Try it on Tuesday to see what the rest of the team have made to inspire you - Have a go at making a gift for someone this Christmas and join us in some festive fun! Hope to see you all soon!


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  1. Love the reindeer and the candles are fabulous!
    Hugz, Z

  2. Two beautiful candles Laura, they will be special gifts.

  3. That's a great technique Laura and much less messy than the heat gun method. Your candles look really beautiful and your cutting out of the Merry Christmas is brilliant. Hugs, Anne x

  4. These are so beautiful! What wonderful gift ideas they are. I particularly love the vintage one and they look amazing when lit. I have lots of Christmas serviettes; I'll have to try this. Julie Ann xx

  5. beautiful candles, I especially like the last photo's where the light comes through the paper napkin.
    xxx Ellie

  6. Your candles are gorgeous.

    Moira xx

  7. These are so pretty Laura! I love your use of ribbon and braid. They look so stunning when lit up in the dark too. Very clever.
    Hugs, Juliaxx

  8. These are so lovely, particularly when lit
    Rosie x


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