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DIY Heart candles

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Looking for fun, easy and budget-friendly gift ideas for your Valentine this year? Try your hand at these adorable heart candle projects. Not just for Valentine's Day, these cute candles can also spruce up any dinner table, can serve as cake or cupcake toppers and are a great craft idea for kids!

Mini heart candle sticks

Making your own heart candles is a fun way to add some pizazz to your romantic dinner spread or add a pop of cute to a traditional Valentine's Day or birthday cake or cupcake! Whether you are a complete beginner or have been making candles for years, these DIY hearts candle projects will be an instant success at any party, mixer or dinner table! They can be used for any holiday, just use different colors of beeswax depending on the occassion.

Mini heart candle sticks

Adapted from Poppytalk

Materials:

  • 2 sheets of colored beeswax (I used fuchsia and pink)
  • Pink glitter
  • Toothpicks (or bamboo skewers for a longer handle)
  • Candle wicks
  • Mini heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Spray adhesive

How to make them:

  1. Using the heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut an even number of little hearts out of the sheets of colored beeswax. Lay the hearts flat and place a toothpick on the bottom half of each one, so about one-quarter is on the wax and the rest of the toothpick is "sticking out." Then, place a small candle wick on the top half of each wax heart. Put another heart over the toothpick and the candle wick and press down using your fingers so they stick together.
  2. To add glitter, place candle sticks on parchment paper. Cover the wick and the stick portion with a paper towel or paper. Spray one side with the spray adhesive. Immediately sprinkle glitter over the sticky side and let dry for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once dried, use on cakes, cupcakes or in cute mugs!

Pillar heart candles

DIY inspired by Martha Stewart

Materials: 

  • Medium-size white pillar candle
  • Sheets of colored beeswax (red, pink, fuchsia)
  • Heart-shaped craft punch
  • Chopsticks
  • Blow dryer

Optional embellishment:

  • Glitter
  • Tape
  • Spray self-adhesive

How to make it: 

  1. Using a heart-shaped craft punch, punch out hearts from the colored beeswax. Pick up the heart-shaped pieces of wax; heat them and the pillar candle with the blow dryer to soften up the wax so it will stick to the larger candle. Once the heart is stuck on, repeat until you've filled the candle with as many hearts you want.
  2. To add a fun glittery look to the candle, tape off the bottom rim of the pillar candle before applying the hearts. Spray the tape with adhesive and cover liberally with glitter until you can't see the tape.

Heart garland candle

Materials: 

  • Medium-size white pillar candle
  • Colored construction paper
  • 0.3m jewelry wire
  • Scissors
  • Glue-on pearls, rhinestones or glitter (mini)
  • Glue
  • Heart-shaped stencils or cookie cutters

How to make it: 

  1. Trace different heart sizes using a heart-shaped stencil or cookie cutter onto the construction paper. Cut out the hearts and line them up in the position you'd like them on the garland. Using a small hole punch, punch a hole at the top right of each heart. Glue the embellishments on to the hearts and let dry.
  2. Measure the pillar candle and cut the wire according to the length; you'll want some excess wire to tie a knot in the back. String hearts through and wrap garland around the middle of the pillar candle. Fasten the wire in the back so that it stays on.

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