Thursday, September 22, 2011

Embellished Candles

Some of you have emailed me regarding the cross candles that are displayed throughout my home. The most common question being..."Did you buy the candles with the crosses or did you add those?"

The answer is...I added them. It's REALLY easy to do! You see these candles, in boutiques, selling for about $35...minimum.  Additionally, the same shops are now selling crosses with "push pins" on the back, starting at about $19.99.

After studying these little gems for a minute, I realized I could make my own.

All of the components can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, during their 50% off specials...the candles, a roll of ribbon, and the crosses.

You simply take your candle, measure the ribbon around the perimeter, and secure with a dab of hot glue:

Then, run a strip of hot glue down the center of the cross and press it to the candle:

It's that simple! (Tip: Do not try to attach the cross directly to the candle, without the ribbon. It will not adhere well, due to the waxy surface.)

If you want to do something, other than crosses, to coordinate with your decor, you can also use crowns or fleur de lis symbols. I have even used decorative drawer/cabinet pulls that have a flat back. (These all can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, as well).

They usually cost me about $7 to make; and add so much to a room. These could be a great addition to your holiday decor; and you can get really creative with the embellishments you choose to adorn your candle.

That's it for today..."Happy Decorating"!

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Verse for Today:
John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


  1. Oh, my! I love your decorating! I will be back on a regular basis! You are very talented!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind comments.

  2. So clever! I'm one of those people that paid too much for the crosses with the stick pin in it! Ha! I never thought of doing it the way you did. Great idea.

  3. I love these! So simple, yet so elegant and beautiful! Great job!

  4. So pretty. I just found your blog. Happy that I did!
    A few years ago I saw some candles with crosses in a catalog. Their candles were waaaay expensive. More than I could ever pay, so I copied them! ha-ha I used velcro on mine. The velcro technique wouldn't work on heavy items. I like your idea with the ribbon better. The crosses you added to yours are so pretty.
    Your autumn mantel is gorgeous! You have a lovely home and I look forward to reading more of your blog.
    have a beautiful day~ Lu

  5. Hi Shenita, Thank you so much for the post!
    have a blessed day,

  6. Hi Shenita,

    Great tip! Love the candles very warm and cosy...Very nice!
    I will use this idea when I decorate for Christmas!
    All the Best,

  7. Hi Shenita...

    Your autumn candles with the crosses are GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing your tips with us...simply beautiful!

    Warmest autumn wishes,

  8. I like the saving on these ...thanks for sharing your idea. Trish

  9. Shenita,
    Gorgeous!!! You are one cleaver and talented lady, my dear! Thank you for sharing with us how to embellish our homes with His presence!
    Also, thank you for you recent visit and sweet comment. Stop by again, soon!

  10. Brilliant idea, and your presentation is lovely!! Hobby Lobby is coming to my neck of the woods in a month, so I am beyond thrilled. Your candles look like a million bucks. I can't wait to try and replicate them. Thanks so much for sharing! XO ~Liz

  11. I love what you did with the candles and I love that lantern! I am following you! Thanks for coming by.

  12. Hi Shenita, thanks for your visit and kind words, the witch hat on my post I found it on Pinterest. I am also following you back. Your cross candles are beautiful. I want to make one for my home, too. xo

  13. Thanks for the sweet comment regarding my fall tree, you should try it, much easier than decorating one for Christmas.

  14. You have gorgeous decorations out for fall. I went up in the attic and came back without anything. I call it over whelming. Your new follower.

  15. That is so clever. I never thought of that, but what a super idea. I love the crosses, however I've seen some knobs that would be fabulous also. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Hugs, Marty

  16. A great idea that is so pretty! Love the crosses!!!

  17. So clever and so pretty. Thank you for sharing the how to. laurie

  18. Love your creative candles - they're magnificent! Thank you for sharing how you created them and thank you for visiting! Your newest follower!
    God Bless,

  19. What a great idea! I just purchased a candle with a Fleur-De-Lis piece on it from Hobby Lobby. Your idea is great and allows a person to use it more than once!
    John 3:16 was the first bible verse I remember learning at church when I was a little girl.

  20. Beautiful and clever idea! I'm borrowing this one! :)

  21. Shenita, Your cross embellished candles are simply gorgeous! What a fabulous idea! They'd make wonderful Christmas gifts too. I'm borrowing your idea...thanks.

  22. such a simple and pretty way
    to gussy up a naked candle

    love the autumny look you've created
    in your pretty space

    thank you for linking up to fridays unfolded!


  23. Love the candles...I will be making some of my own!

  24. I love embellishing candles! These turned out wonderful. Thanks for joining TTF!

  25. Neat idea. I've uses actual push pins with interesting motifs, but with the ribbon and glue gun, you could add most anything.

    - The Tablescaper

  26. Wow! This is a wonderful idea! I love it! They are so pretty too! Thank you so much for visiting me so that I could find you. I am adding you and your beautiful blog to my list to follow as well. I look forward to seeing many more of your wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

  27. These are great and I have seen the push pin crosses anywhere from$8 all the way up to $24! Yours looks fantastic!

  28. So simple, yet so elegant! Very nice project!!!

  29. Congrats on your daughter's full ride. Thanks to my husband's good planning we were able to put both our kids through college. But to have it paid for would have been wonderful. I'm not sure what's up but your follower gadget is blank. I'll be back again to see if it's working. Have a great week!

  30. I love what you've done with the candles. Thanks for sharing how you made them. Oh the possibilities!

  31. Such a neat project!! Love that you used crosses too!

    bee blessed

  32. Thank you for that sweet little tutorial. I'm going to try some myself...and think they would make nice gifts. Yours are gorgeous!

  33. I am all about embellishments so I love your candles. I also love crosses so these are even more to my liking. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Great tip! Thanks so much for sharing. Take care.

  35. Here I am again! :-) LOVE the candles! You are so right in that the candles already adorned cost a fortune. I will definitely be trying these. I do love crosses too!

    Thanks so much for sharing ~

  36. Yours are gorgeous! I spent one day this winter studying making my own molds to make these crosses for candles. But, by the time I bought all of the supplies I could just by the crosses! lol!

    Happy Fall!

  37. Hi Shenita! Your candles are gorgeous! Great tutorial too! Thanks so much for dropping by and for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!

  38. Shenita! I just had to feature this on my new little baby blog Scribbles and Swirls! I hope you don't mind!
    Thanks for the inspiration!