How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget - stones, zari, doilies, ombre paint, glitterHave you ever paid a lot for decorative candles? Of course, you have. So, have I. They’re beautiful and I’m obsessed with them. But, that doesn’t mean it’s practical to buy expensive candles all the time. Which means, you either buy fewer candles (that’s avoidable, to be honest) or you can make them on a budget. We figured out 5 ways to make fancy candles without blowing a hole in our wallets. Here’s how, you can make it too!

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Zari aka decorated ribbon candles

You won’t believe how much, I’ve paid for this candle, in the past. And, it literally costs a quarter of the amount to make it at home

Time taken: 5 minutes per candle
Materials: Decorative Ribbon, Glue Drops, Plain candles

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Zari aka decorated ribbon candles

Steps:

  1. Paste 2 glue drops on all 4 sides and paste the thicker ribbon on it.
  2. Overlapping the first layer, place 2 glue drops on all 4 sides.
  3. Place the second ribbon, over the glue drops

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget

There’s a lot to do with stones for candles. Though, you should be careful to use only candles that melt inwards (like the one shown).

Time taken: 25 minutes
Materials: Acrylic Paint, Stones, Glue, Plain candles

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Stones candles

In order to make this candle, you would need to:

  1. Paint the base of the candle, without any water. I added 2 shades of red and yellow and mixed it up to match the stones.
  2. Apply glue on the sides of the candle
  3. Mix and place stones over the glue. Try to push the stones, as close together as possible.

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget

This can get really messy and you want to make sure, the glitter is not on the wick of the candle. But, it’s remarkably easy to make!

Time taken: 5 minutes per candle
Materials: Glitter, Double sided tape, Plain candles

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Glitter candles

How to make: 

  1. Apply the double sided tape around the candle. Flatten it against the base completely.
  2. Dip the candle in glitter and roll it well.
  3. Brush off the excess glitter.

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Doily or Kirigami Cutouts

If you can’t find doilies, this idea works really well with kirigami cutouts (here’s how you can make the cutouts).

Time taken: 10 minutes per candle
Materials: Doily / paper cutout, Clear glue, Plain candles, paint

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Doily or Kirigami Cutouts

Here’s, how to make them:

  1. Paint the base of the candle in bright colours and let it dry completely.
  2. Cut the corner of a doily, and place it over the side.
  3. Cut off the excess paper and paste the cutout.

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Ombre Painted Candlesticks

This is my favourite hack. Because, it means I never have to pay for basic metallic candles ever again. Plus, I really like the shaded ombre effect.

Time taken: 5 minutes per candle
Materials: Gold paint, Bronze paint, Candlesticks

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Ombre Painted Candlesticks

The steps to make these candles are:

  1. Using a dry brush, paint the gold from the top of the candle in long rough brushstrokes.
  2. Before it has dried, paint bronze from the bottom with a clean brush. Mixing the two colours, in the centre.

How to make Decorative Candles on a Budget // Glitter Candles

Which decorative candle do you like best? Do you think you would ever use them? What candle hacks do you use?  Let me know everything in the comments below or through any of the links. Have a great start to the week!