Category: craft

Decoupage candles with napkins – a tutorial

I’ve been having some super feedback recently from my lovely Instagram family as I like to call them.  As you know my crafting ‘time allowance’ is fairly limited these days due to a) having nowhere to work and b) a baby of 10 months and a 2 year old, need I say more?!
However, I discovered that I was acquiring rather a large collection of baby food jars and the crafter in me just kicked right in with thoughts of….. hmmmm I could do something with those.  So, a few post bedtime (for the kids, not me) craft sessions later and lots of trial and error and I managed to create some lovely decoupage jars.  Yes, I know what you’re thinking.  The title says Decoupage Candles? Yes, well I’m coming to that.  My hairdresser upon spotting the jars said how lovely they were and would I like a table at their school Christmas Fayre in December.  At first I thought I’d never manage to produce enough stock with such limited time but then I thought what the hell, I’ll just do what I can.  Fast forward a few Pinterest scrolling sessions for craft ideas and I came across Decoupage Candles.  I thought I’d give others the chance to see how simple these are to make and maybe have a go for themselves.

Decoupage Candle Tutorial

1.To start with you need the following items:

Church / Pillar candle
Napkin
Metal spoon
Tealight or open flame of some kind
Small scissors

Decoupage candle materials

2. Next you need to decide which part of your napkin design you’ll use for your project and cut it out.  This is where the small scissors come in.  You can see I’ve taken the centre ‘wreath’ part of the napkin and already cut it out.  You don’t need to be completely accurate as you can leave some of the background colour in there too if you think it looks OK.

Napkin for decoupage

3. Now, you need to take the napkin design that you’ve cut out and peel away the layers so that you only have the top layer of the napkin left.  I find most napkins are 3-ply so you will need to peel away 2 layers and discard them.  Peel carefully though as the top layer that you’re left with will be very thin and will rip easily.

Split napkin layers for decoupage

Split napkin layers for decoupage

Top layer of napkin for decoupage

4. Place the top layer of napkin onto the candle and smooth gently with your hand just to make sure you’re design fits. Make any adjustments with the scissors as necessary.

Napkin placed on candle

5. Take your metal spoon and hold it above the naked flame taking care not to touch the heated part of the spoon.  IMPORTANT – you will see from the pictures you need to heat the ‘inside’ or the arched part of the spoon as you will be using the back of the spoon on your design.  Your spoon will turn black from the heat so if you heat the wrong side and then rub your design you will end up with a big black charred mess!

Heat spoon

6. Take your heated spoon and firmly holding your napkin to the candle start to rub the back of the spoon in circles on the napkin. I find it best to start in the middle of the design and then work my way outwards.

Rubbing decoupage image onto candle

7. As the candle starts to heat you will see the wax start to seep through the napkin.  This is what we’re trying to achieve across the whole design.

Wax melts through napkin decoupage

8. Keep heating you spoon and rubbing the napkin making sure to keep the napkin as tight and un-wrinkled as possible.  You may get the odd small crease in the design but it will look fine as long as the wax keeps soaking through and you just keep smoothing.

Heating spoon to continue decoupage

Rub spoon over decoupage image

9. Be sure to make sure that wax has soaked through your whole napkin, paying special attention to all of the edges.

The result – one decoupaged candle!

Decoupage christmas candle using napkin

Would love to see some of your creations if you find time to have a go.  Of course if you don’t fancy the hassle of diy then you can always buy one of mine ;).

Alternative technique

As a side note, it is possible to also get the same end result using a heat gun or blow dryer.  I have tried this technique but personally found the heated spoon much easier.  The blow dryer heated the candle a little too much, creating runs in the wax and I found that I still needed to smooth the design using a spoon.  In conclusion, I simply didn’t have enough hands :)! Try both though, you maybe more successful.

Thanks for stopping by! x

Rainbow Baby Blanket

I’ve been working on this project for a few months and finally finished it a couple of days ago for my lovely friend who’s expecting a baby on the 5th Feb.  I was originally making two of these as I found out I was pregnant myself back in September.  My plan was to make one for myself and then one for my friend but sadly, I miscarried.  It took me a few weeks before I felt able to pick up my project again and continue without feeling teary and upset.

These granny square blankets are so easy to make and are perfect for the beginner.  They only use Triple Crochet and Chain Stitch, so there’s not a huge amount to learn.  It’s amazing how quickly they grow but then eventually you do get to a point where it takes an age just to finish one side! I’m not the fastest crocheter in the world.

I decided on a rainbow theme as the sex of the baby had not been confirmed and cream or beige just gets a little boring.  I’d made a few granny squares before in various patterns but this was the first blanket.  I’m a bit annoyed at how the squares came out twisted but I’ve seen a solution for this since finishing.  Apparently, if you turn your work over after each round (ie. working on right side, wrong side, right side, wrong side etc) this solves the problem.  Needless to say I shall be trying this next time.  I did decide to block the blanket when I’d finished and this went some way to helping the twisted look and at least made the side line up nicely.

My Basic Concept (UK terms)
DK Yarn
4mm Hook
The blanket follows a basic Granny Square pattern (You can find these anywhere on the internet but try – Little Tin Bird , Girly Bunches – Granny Square Part 1 Video).  I decided that I would like tighter stitches so only chained 1 stitch between each cluster of triples.  The corners were also completed in the same way using one chain but with – 3 tc, 1 ch, 3 tc into the same stitch.  I did 6 rounds of rainbow colours, changing colour after each round and then 5 rounds of white.  This I repeated twice more before completing the blanket with a final round of red.

To finish the blanket I used a slightly different round, this time I used 2 tc, 2 ch, 2 tc in each stitch to create a scalloped effect (or double V edging as it’s actually called).  For the full pattern see here – Bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.com.au

My friend thinks she’ll have her new arrival any day so looks like I finished it just in time!

Thanks for stopping by! x

Some ‘old’ posts for you

Hi all

Just to let my old and new followers know that I’ve now imported all my old posts from Tales from a Mother, Musician and Multi-tasker over to here as I now intend to use only the one blog for everything!  So those of you who don’t know me too well, have a browse through my old posts.

You’ll notice I now also have some additional pages which include Crafty Blogs and Sites I love and a couple of pages dedicated to my other great love….making music!  If you have a craft site you’d like me to add, please just get in touch and I’ll head over and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by! x

Packing and crochet projects

After my rather cynical last post of 2013 I did actually have a lovely peaceful Christmas. No rushing around and lots of family time with games and films galore. But I’m quite pleased to say goodbye to certain aspects of 2013, so bring on a new year!

2014 so far has seen us packing a few boxes in prep for our move. We don’t have a completion date as yet but we’re hoping for end of Jan/start of Feb. Unfortunately this means I’ve had to pack up my craft room for the time being. Lack of creativity is driving me insane so I’ve picked up my crochet again to do a little hooky! After being inspired by some of the lovely items on Pinterest and Instagram I decided to have a go at making a yarn wrapped wreath. 

I bought a small polystyrene heart from Hobbycraft and wrapped it with a mint green yarn from my stash. I then made a variety of small crocheted flowers using various online tutorials in pink, white and purple adding a button to the centre of each one. I pinned them individually onto the wreath and then completed by tying a hanging ribbon.  I’m quite pleased with the result but I didn’t realise how large the flowers were on the wreath until I started to the pin them on.  In hindsight I would use a smaller hook next time for a wreath of this size.

Since my miscarriage in November I’ve not been able to pick up my crochet as my last project was a large granny square blanket that was intended for our baby. I’ve decided to carry on with this now and give as a gift to my friend who’s expecting in a months time. It’s coming on nicely and I reckon maybe 8 more rounds and it will be finished. Pictures to follow!

I’ve been out and bought a lovely stash of cotton yarns in super bright colours. I’d like to make a flower garland and maybe some bunting for our new house, so time for some experimentation I think.

Thanks for stopping by! X



The 1st Twinkle Twit FB Giveaway

As my Twinkle Twit Facebook page has started to grow over recent weeks, I decided to set a target of 100 ‘likers’ or followers.  Today I finally reached my goal and so my 1st Facebook Giveaway has begun!

(Following FB rules) my giveaway is being run by a 3rd party app which will choose the winner at random for me one week from today.  All you have to do is like my Twinkle Twit page, click the button on my page and answer a quick question about what Christmas items you’d like to see in my Etsy store.

One lucky winner will receive a lovely crochet heart made by myself. The heart is padded, scented with coconut oil and embellished with a crochet flower and leaves.

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, please visit my FB page at www.facebook.com/twinkletwit and then click on the giveaway tab at the top.  No time to waste, competition ends in 7 days!!

Thanks for stopping by! x

A new world of craft

Well guys and girls, it’s been a while!

Things have been hectic over the last few months but I thought it was time to resurrect the Twinkle Twit blog and tell you what’s been happening.

Up till the end of 2012 my main craft love was all things papercraft – card making in particular with a little scrapbooking thrown in for good measure, however 2013 has seen me take on a whole array of new craft projects.

It all started earlier in the year when I was put on anti-depressants by the doctor.  Yes, I’m not afraid to admit it.  I was suffering terribly with anxiety and panic and got to a point where I couldn’t socialise or even visit friends.  When I began the new meds they really knocked me for six.  The side effects were horrendous and these went on for many weeks.  During this time it was difficult to commit to anything but on the odd occasions when I felt better I wanted to do things that would occupy my mind.  My first project was to be an Easter tree.  I took a slow walk with Mom to the local playing fields and chopped off a few willow branches to start work on my project.

After this I began experimenting with wooden plaques.  My bro is an expert in the carpentry department so he cut me some various blanks and I spent time playing around with them to find the best materials and supplies to use.  The plaques became popular and many of my friends were asking if they were for sale so I decided to open up my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/twinkletwitcrafts and also list items on my Facebook and Instagram feeds.

I’ve also been learning to crochet and I have to admit, I think I now have an addiction!!  I never really got into knitting although both Mom and Nan were avid knitters, but I love the fact that with crochet it’s not all about cardi’s and scarves!  You can start a little project such as a brooch or hanging item and have it finished in a few hours.  I’m by no means a expert and not very quick but I love the things I’ve made so far using lots of fabulous resources on the internet. We’re really lucky to have a fabulous wool shop in Halesowen called Withit Witch I popped in this morning as I’ve decided to make a little something for Mom to hang in her hallway.

I saw a sign recently that said creativity is not a hobby, it’s a way of life, I really think that’s true.  My mind is constantly in craft mode, if I see an idea or project then I have to give it a go, or spend time thinking about how I could do it differently.  The crafter’s mind never stops!  I have to say, I have trouble getting to sleep some nights (oh dear, now I really do sound like I have problems).

I’m so pleased that I decided to stray from papercraft, as although I still love it and try to make cards for all my friends and relations, I’ve found this whole new world of crafting that means things never get stale or boring.

I have a couple of crochet projects on the go at the moment so piccies coming soon!!

Craft Room Door Hanger

A while ago, after seeing an idea in a magazine somewhere I asked my ‘handy’ brother if he would be able to  cut some blank door hangers for me.  After some debate as to what material to use we decided to try first with some thin MDF.  He cut me a few blanks, most of which have been sitting in my craft room ever since, waiting for me to find the time to do something with them! However, a couple of months ago I decided to play around with one of them and here is the result…….

What you will need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Co-ordinating Backing Paper/s
  • Ink pad
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers / Letters and embellishments

I started by covering the door hanger on both sides using paper from my stash (I think it is My Minds Eye) and Mod Podge.  To do this I laid the door hanger onto the reverse side of my chosen paper, drew around the edge then cut out. I coated the door hanger with Mod Podge and then carefully lined up the paper and smoothed down.  (I don’t have a brayer but this would be helpful for smoothing).  Once the paper was dry I then trimmed around the edge with a craft knife and lightly sanded the edges.

Once I’d finished adding paper embellishments I then inked the edges of the hanger.  I coated the whole hanger with a mixture of water and Mod Podge (about half and half) to help protect the finished article.  I added ribbon along the edge where my two papers joined, added Papermania letters and decorated with mulberry flowers from my stash to finish.

Thanks for stopping by! x

Magic of Oz – A few creations

For those of you who don’t follow my craft blog, I thought I’d just post a few pictures of my recent addiction.  I’m absolutely loving the ‘Magic of Oz’ papercraft collection from Graphic 45 and have made several cards recently for family and friends using their stamps, die cuts and papers.  I’m sure there’ll be many more to follow 🙂

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You can find more details on how I made the cards over at my sister site ‘Twinkle Twit Crafts’.

‘A cut above the rest……’

One of my lovely friends from choir recently moved into new business premises so I thought I’d make her a ‘Good Luck’ card for the occasion.  As she’s a hairdresser I thought this lovely stamp from C.C. Designs was just the job.

The pink star paper I used was from Dovecraft and other papers were freebies from Cardmaking and Papercraft.  I’ve coloured the stamp using Promarkers and used a pink pearl for ‘Hairdresser Honey’s’ hair slide.  I’ve used Nestabilities Scalloped circles and I created the quirky sentiment using the PC.

Sorry this picture of the stamp is a little blurred, but hopefully you get the idea.

I’m entering this creation in the following challenges:

Totally Gorjuss – #138 Sweet & Simple

Thanks for stopping by! x

‘Ozian’ friends

For my friend’s birthday back in March I decided to give my favourite ‘Magic of Oz‘ selection another airing.  This was a very simple card where I went for darker colours to match the Scarecrow and Tin Man and stamped a sentiment onto one of the matching chip boards.  I’ve used brown Mulberry paper to mat the Oz postcard which was torn along the edges.

Thanks for stopping by! x