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Confession time: I love HGTV. Probably a little too much. And my favorite show on HGTV has got to be Fixer Upper. I just love Chip and Joanna! They act so much like Mike and I with their banter back and forth. Not only that, I love Joanna’s style. Her Rustic Chic designs, shiplap and all, are beautiful and what I would have in my dream home. But until I am able to build or renovate my dream home, I stick with the little simple touches of rustic chic pieces. That is why I am excited to share these DIY Rustic Candles I made with you.
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So, I was thinking the other day how I want to be able to decorate for more than just Christmas, but for me, space is an issue. I don’t have room to store a bunch of decorations. Inspirations struck me when I found a 3 piece set of LED Candles much like THESE ONES (affiliate link) on clearance at a local store. I could use candles to create decorations that could be changed up for every holiday and season! I am so excited with how they turned out and I have to say I really LOVE them!
DIY Rustic Candles Supplies
To make these DIY Rustic Candles you will need at least one candle (I prefer 3). You can choose regular candles or LED ones like I chose. I had to give up regular candles after having twins. Those two are monkeys that climb up everywhere.
You will also need:
Jute or baker’s twine
Hot Glue Gun
Velcro (I chose self adhesive velcro but you can buy regular and use the glue gun to adhere it)
Wood embellishments and paint (if desired)
Now, you may not be able to find embellishments for every season right now, but the great thing is, you can continue picking up embellishments through out the year to add to your collection. The ones I found ran about 25 cents each at Michael’s. You will also need to decide how you want to do the embellishments. I chose to have a permanent R on one (for our last name) and put embellishments on two. It would also look good to only have embellishments on one, or even on have seasonal embellishments on all 3. Just make sure to pick up enough embellishments for what you decide.
Make Your DIY Rustic Candles
Before I share how to make these, I just want to note I have a video on my YouTube Channel that shows how to make these so if you need a more visual tutorial you can check it out by CLICKING HERE.
To start, take your candles, jute and hot glue gun. You will want to put some hot glue on the end of your jute to keep it from fraying.
Decide where on the candle you want to cover with jute. If you are a perfectionist (so not me) be sure to measure and maybe draw a couple lines so you stay straight, etc. Now glue on your jute. I found it easiest to put hot glue on about 1-2 inches of jute and then put it on the candle. Once I went all the way around, I moved the jute up for the second layer.
After the first layer, I started putting the hot glue on the lower layer of jute and that seemed to work a lot faster (again, check out the YouTube video if this is confusing- the visual is so much easier to follow IMO).
Continue adding jute until you have covered as much of the candle as you want. When you trim your jute, be sure to once again, put some glue on the end to keep it from fraying.
Paint the embellishments for your candles (if you want to). Let them dry.
Now you need to add your velcro. Cut little squares in your velcro. Take the hard/rough sides and attach them to your candles. If you use a self adhesive velcro, I would still put a little bit of hot glue around the corners or edges to help hold it on.
Put the soft side of the squares on the backs of your embellishments. I found it easiest to actually put the soft square on the candle’s velcro, then remove the adhesive backing. Then place the embellishment on that, so I would place the velcro in the spot I liked how the embellishment looked on the candle. (Did that make sense?)
Again, glue around the velcro on the embellishment to help make sure it stays in place.
You will obviously have some extras of the rough side of the velcro. You can just discard that or hold on to it for…. I don’t know. But maybe there is some reason to hold on to them?
Once your glue is dry, you can now use your embellishments as you please on your DIY Rustic candles. I love that the embellishments are small enough I can easily keep them in a drawer in my home. If I decide I don’t want to use the embellishments for a while, I can simply rotate the candles so that the velcro is in the back and only the jute is showing.
I absolutely love these DIY Rustic Candles. They are the perfect little touch in my home and I love that I can use them year round.
Do you like the rustic chic designs like on Fixer Upper or do you prefer a different design style? Let me know in the comments.
Remember, if you prefer a more visual tutorial, you can check out my YouTube Channel for the video HERE.