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Leaf Candles

Fall foliage is ablaze for only a few short weeks, but this project allows you to prolong the essence of the season by adorning a candle with leaf motifs.
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Tools and Materials
Pillar candle
Acrylic paint
Brayer
Leaf stamp (see sources)
Rubbing alcohol

Leaf Candle How-To
1. Clean the candle of any oils by wiping it with rubbing alcohol. Squirt the paint onto a piece of waxed paper and spread it into a thin coat using the brayer. Roll the paint-coated brayer over the face of the leaf stamp.

2. Place the stamp face up on your work surface and roll the candle slowly over the design, applying equal pressure to make the coating even. If you make a mistake, use a damp rag to remove the paint, dry the surface, then repeat the process. If you want multiple leaf images remember not to touch any of the wet areas while rolling the candle over the stamp. When you're done, clean the stamp with warm water and a sponge. Allow the candle to dry for at least 20 minutes.

Resources
We used large leaf stamps from the Great American Stamp Store (1015 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880; 203-221-229).

Comments (12)

  • ATeaLeaf 25 Nov, 2008

    Awesome!

  • sewswell 8 Nov, 2008

    chalk stamp pad never did dry, so acrylic paint is the next best thing.

  • sewswell 8 Nov, 2008

    chalk stamp pad never did dry, so acrylic paint is the next best thing.

  • sewswell 7 Nov, 2008

    Ok experimented a bit. Ink pad wouldn't dry. The pigment chalk stamp pad by colorbox looks really great, but I am not sure it will dry completely. I also tried putting the paint on thinly with a small paint brush(would have used the sponge painter suggested earlier if I had one) and it worked fine. Not as pretty as the chalk though.....

  • LiveWire_777 7 Nov, 2008

    PinkGranny--I was wondering the same thing. And we have such a nice variety of leaves in the area. I believe that there are "stamps" you can make out of real leaves???

  • PinkGranny 7 Nov, 2008

    I wonder if it would be possible to just load a real leaf with the paint? Some of them have such beautiful "veins" and mine are still moist because of rain. Has anyone else tried that? We painted them on paper once, so I think this may be a good thing....

  • sewswell 7 Nov, 2008

    I wonder if pigment ink stamp pads might be easier. will try it this weekend. I have some of the little cats eye stamp pads in fall colors. then you wouldn't need the brayer.

  • Denise454 7 Nov, 2008

    to catlover1952 - you could try evenly coating the rubber stamp with a foam brush. You can always wipe it off if it doesn't work. good luck.

  • Denise454 7 Nov, 2008

    to catlover1952 - you could try evenly coating the rubber stamp with a foam brush. You can always wipe it off if it doesn't work. good luck.

  • catlover1952 7 Nov, 2008

    Can something different be used in place of the brayer? I just don't have the extra money for craft items right now...but do have the rest of the materials needed.

  • planty 7 Nov, 2008

    I have always used the tissur paper/wax paper to put stuff on candles this may be easier

  • katrinegaley 20 Dec, 2007

    ways to stamp candles