Years ago, I used this technique with rubber stamps to make the favors for my wedding. One night when I was thinking about crafty stuff while trying to fall asleep (does anyone else do this too?), I thought I could adapt it to use the kids' drawings instead of rubber stamped designs. It's a clever technique and a cool way to bring the kids' creativity into your home decor. They'd make awesome little gifts too!
Here's what you need:
* white tissue paper
* pillar candles (white or other light colors would work best)
* waxed paper or parchment paper
* hair dryer or heat embossing gun
Here's what to do:
1. Cut a piece of tissue paper to fit around the outside of your candle. You'll want it a little smaller than the candle itself.
2. Using markers, have your child decorate the tissue paper. The tissue paper is pretty delicate (obviously!), so encourage simple drawings and discourage coloring in large areas or the paper might tear.
|Cute drawing and inexpensive dollar store candle.|
|Wrap the drawing around the candle.|
|Then, wrap the waxed paper around, making a handle.|
4. Next, use the hairdryer or heat gun to melt the design onto the candle. (The hairdryer works fine, it just takes a little while to warm up enough. Put it on the highest heat setting and hold it blowing as close as possible to the candle.) As the wax melts, the tissue paper will become part of the candle. You'll be able to see it change color through the waxed paper, going from white to the color of the candle. Continue until you can't see any more white tissue paper.
|Notice how the tissue paper near the name is still white, but it's the color of the candle to the right of the name||.|
|My youngest made a cute one too!|