Decorate an outdoor candle

Mod Podge outdoor candleI live in the south and the bugs are bad. Being from Seattle, I never expected that when I moved to Atlanta. To sit outside, I need citronella candles so that the bugs don’t eat me. And while they work great, they aren’t the best looking for a porch. I’m a crafter . . . I can’t have bare metal just laying around! So I prettied up a citronella candle container very easily with fabric and Outdoor Mod Podge. Here’s how it’s done.

Gather These Supplies

  • Outdoor candle
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Fabric – coordinating patterns, enough to cover the candle container
  • Scissors
  • Paper flowers and button
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush

Fabric PileYour first step is to choose fabrics that coordinate. They don’t need to be the same colors – but they need to look great together! This project is great for scraps. Cut them up into squares.

Mod Podge Fabric DownUse your Outdoor Mod Podge to start applying the fabric squares to the outside of the container. It doesn’t matter where you start – just make sure they overlap and it looks random.

Mod Podge Around HandleTrim your fabric around the edges and the handle using the scissors and then paint down with Mod Podge. Continue until the entire candle is covered. Let dry and then give two more coats (let dry between coats).

Glue Down FlowerFinish by attaching the flowers with Outdoor Mod Podge and then the button. You can seal the flowers with the Outdoor Mod Podge to keep them safe from the elements.

Finished Project TwoNow your candles can sit on your porch with pride. No more boring metal! This project doesn’t take long and guess what: even the kids can help.



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