Learn how to decorate flameless candles with Mod Podge and napkins. These decoupage candles are easy and make great gifts or home decor.
Skills Required: Beginner. It helps to have a little experience with Mod Podge just because napkins can tend to wrinkle a bit. If you get any wrinkles, embrace them.
The one thing I love about this time of year and the whole “getting dark early thing” is candles. I like them a lot. I’m also afraid to burn them, because I’m absent-minded and I don’t want Mod Podge Command Central to go up in flames.
I like electric candles, but since they don’t burn down, I feel like they need a little something special to “zhuzh” them. Then I thought: what if I decorate flameless candles with Mod Podge?
So I did a little internet searching and found Lisa from Crafting Rebellion has a great solution: decorate flameless candles with napkins and Mod Podge. She bought them from the dollar store AND she made them pretty with some Vera Bradley napkins.
TIP: The tutorial is below, but I did want to mention a tip. You can use plastic wrap after you apply your napkin to help you smooth it around the candle without tearing.
Simply wrap the plastic wrap around (yes, on top of the napkin and wet Mod Podge) and gently smooth it out. This takes a little practice, but as I said in the beginning – embrace the wrinkles! I’m 40+, so it’s about time, right?
It’s not going to cost much to decorate flameless candles, and then you can give some as handmade gifts (in addition to keeping some for yourself). Find the how-to below.
(get more ideas for decoupage with napkins too!)
Decorate Flameless Candles
Learn how to Mod Podge flameless candles from the dollar store using napkins.
- Battery Operated Candles in White or Ivory
- Decorative Paper Guest Towels or Napkins
- Mod Podge
- Plastic Wrap
- Foam Brush
- Trim off the border and any perforated edges of the napkins using the scissors.
- Lay a candle on one napkin. Roll the napkin around the candle to know how long to cut, leaving a little extra for overlap.
- Use a pencil on the backside of the napkin to trace how wide to cut the napkin piece, or measure the height of the candle with a ruler. Cut out a rectangle shape from the napkin.
- Peel the inside white liner off of the decorative tissue or napkin.
- Cover about 1/3 of the candle with Mod Podge. Line up the napkin to the top of the candle and carefully roll the paper onto the candle. The tissue is delicate, so smooth out any bubbles very gently.
- Continue adding Mod Podge and rolling the napkin out while smoothing, making sure the paper stays even at the top of the candle. Smooth and pull it gently and rub your finger along creases and bubbles.
- Roll until the tissue meets. Trim the excess to prevent overlap.
- When you get to where the tissue meets you will want to trim your extra tissue to join the seams as close as possible. Try to have very little overlap. Let dry.
- Trim any excess length on the bottom and top of the candle, or add Mod Podge and fold over. Let dry.
- Add a layer of Mod Podge over the entire candle. Let dry and repeat. Let dry completely before using.
Use plastic wrap to help smooth out bubbles as you wrap the napkin around the candle. It will help prevent tearing. The more you roll and smooth with your fingers before it dries, the less lines and wrinkles you will have. Be careful not to touch with sticky fingers or it will lift the napkin off.
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Saturday 7th of May 2022
I just burned a candle that I put a napkin on and had an inferno! I used an iron to melt the candle to the single layer napkin. Would this happen with mod podge. Thanks
Monday 9th of May 2022
Mod Podge is definitely not recommended to use with real candles that you will burn. Especially with napkin involved. While Mod Podge is non-flammable, combined with the napkin I think it would melt and flame.
Wednesday 5th of December 2012
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Thursday 6th of December 2012
Done - you will get an e-mail that requires you approving the subscription :D
Thursday 17th of November 2011
Thanks for posting my project! Your site is the bomb. I grabbed your button for my blog.
Thursday 17th of November 2011
I love LED flameless candles.They are cheap and safety.
Wednesday 16th of November 2011
What a great gift idea. We draw names for "Secret Santas" at work and this would be perfect for one of the gifts.