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Mod Podge Candles with Tropical Napkins

Use dollar store supplies to make these pretty Mod Podge candles! We added a tropical flair to ours, making them perfect for parties.

Skills Required: Beginner. You don’t need to have a ton of Mod Podge experience to make these, but I do recommend having prior craft experiencing because the napkins are fragile.

Mod Podge Candles with Tropical Napkins

Hi there! Holly here from Club Crafted again with one last summer craftdecoupage candles! This is a quick tip for dressing up your plain candles with a tropical flair. They’re a great addition to your home decorating.

I’m a BIG FAN of the Dollar Store, and it’s the perfect place to shop for plain white candles (which I always have in the house) that make the perfect base for DIYs, including this simple napkin decoupage technique.

Since Amy mentioned that decoupage with napkins was “in” right now, I thought decorating my plain white candles with a tropical monstera leaf pattern was the perfect choice. Because I’m a Dollar Store fan, it’s probably no surprise that I also LOVE the Michaels and Target dollar sections.

I picked up these cute yellow and green tropical leaf napkins at Michaels at the beginning of summer because I loved the pattern, and the size was perfect for my candles. I made these Mod Podge candles in less than 15 minutes!

White candles, napkins, Mod Podge Gloss, paintbrush, and a pair of scissors on a yellow background

Decoupage Candles with Napkins

Gather These Supplies

Step 1: Unfold the napkins and cut out the leaves. I managed to get 3 – 4 leaves out of a single napkin, but it depends on the pattern and how it overlaps on your Mod Podge candles.

Step 2: If the napkin has clear layers, carefully peel them away so that you are only left with the thin top layer with the actual pattern on it. This makes for a cleaner decoupage.

Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the candle

Step 3: Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge (I used Gloss) on the area of the candle where you want to place the pattern.

Fingers smoothing a piece of napkin down on a candle

Then press the cut-out leaf in place and smooth carefully. If they are small enough pieces, there should be minimal creasing.

Applying a layer of Mod Podge over the top of a leaf napkin

Step 4: Repeat with additional leaves/patterns as desired on your Mod Podge candles, and feel free to overlap. Then paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the napkins and let dry completely before using.

DIY decoupage candles with napkins

Now, light ‘em up! I love how the green leaf pattern looks against the white, and they seem like the perfect decoration to have around the house this summer. You can try a leaves version of these decoupage candles for autumn!

If you’re interested in more decoupage candles or napkins or stuff I think you like, check out these projects:


Wednesday 13th of September 2017

I really like your ideas !! Great