Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Marble and Iron Candles

Back in December 2008, a reporter asked if they could do a photo shoot of our home for an article due out in Dec 2009. The house was dressed for the season, but it needed a little tweaking. We had numerous white pillar candles from our daughter's wedding. For the photo shoot I marbled them using inexpensive gold craft paint and candle medium. They looked great with the Christmas greens and ornaments. They now need a little help to fit in with our everyday decor.

Our home is a French Country Style a friend designed with us. They iron & distressed wood beams give it a time worn elegance. I love wrought iron. It is the inspiration for this project.

Here are the supplies you will need:

Plain white pillar candles. (Keep in mind you can use any color candle and paint combo)
Craft paint and candle medium

Sea sponge or even crunched up plastic bag (make sure the ads are the inside)

Rubber Stamps of your choice, I chose a monogram and swirls

Stazon ink pad worked the best for me, but you can experiment.

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First mix the craft paint and candle medium on a paper plate. Sponge it on your pillar candle and let it dry. When dry, stamp your design on the candle. This candle has the same stamp used in different directions. Also I used it twice in a row before re- inking the stamp. I like the one design bold and next design more faint. It gives more depth, but completely up to you.

You are good to go or you can embellish it further. I added pearls and crystals. If you do add the little extras, be careful that these candles are not within reach of small children. They can easily pull the crystals and pins off.

The candles would make a great gift too.
In the next few days a marble top created with paint is on my work schedule. It is really easy.
Until next time...


  1. Thank you for the tutorial Debra!
    The candles look great. I bet your daughters wedding was beautiful. Has the article been published of your home?

  2. Ooh! I do like your stamp with the flourish. You have really transformed those candles into something special. Ann :)

  3. What a great idea, the candles are wonderful! I have a few that need some dressing up, I'll have to try this, thanks for the tutorial!

  4. That's very pretty, and the possibilities would be endless too.

  5. The candles are gorgeous...thanks for the tutorial (I'll make sure to keep in a special place for later use)!


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