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March 6, 2013  in diy craft projects, homemade

Homemade Liberty print candle by Sania Pell

A few weeks ago I was asked by the lovely team at Liberty to come up with an easy-to-make Mother’s day gift for the Liberty blog, so I adapted a project and wrapped glass candles with a selection of Liberty print fabrics. Although Mother’s Day in the UK is only a few days away, you still have time to make this as it is quick to do.

This is a really simple idea to turn a plain candle into something unique and special. One of these patterned treats, wrapped in tissue in a beautifully decorated box, makes the perfect mother’s day gift. Choose your mother’s favourite colours and a beautiful Liberty print to make a gift she will love and display with pride.

You will need:

Glass candle, Liberty Print fabric and ribbon

Double-sided tape, fabric scissors, a pencil and ruler

For the gift box:

Plain cardboard box with lid, swing tag, Liberty print fabric and ribbon

Emulsion paint and small flat brush about 3cms wide

Scissors, needle and thread, bondaweb and an iron

Homemade Liberty print wrapped candles by Sania Pell

To make the candle

Measure the height of the candle and cut your fabric at least 3cm shorter than this height to give at least a 1.5cm gap at the top of the glass and the bottom. To measure the circumference, wind some thread around the candle adding a 1cm overlap for the cross-over at the back, then stretch it out and use it as your guide for your length. Draw this long rectangle lightly, but visible in pencil onto the reverse of the fabric and cut out carefully.

Stick double-sided tape along both short edges on the wrong fabric side. Stick the first side straight to the glass, then wrap the fabric around the glass and stick the other side down with an overlap of fabric, ensuring your fabric is straight and taut and that there is at least a 1.5 cms gap at the top. Snip any stray threads off.

Cut a ribbon to the correct length and wrap it around the middle, tying with a bow, or wrap a strip around the bottom of the candle using double-sided tape at both ends of the ribbon to fix.

Homemade Liberty print gift box and tags by Sania Pell

To make the packaging:

Paint the box with emulsion paint in one of your mother’s favourite colours, outside and inside until covered. This could take two coats.

Add some detail to a tag using a piece of Liberty wrapping paper fixed to the bottom with double-sided tape and write or stamp on your mother’s name or initials.

To make the fabric leaves, iron bondaweb onto the reverse of some Liberty fabric then iron a plain fabric to the other side. Cut out a leaf shape either by hand or by pinning a real leaf onto the fabric and cutting around it using it as a template. Stitch these fabric leaves to either end of the ribbon you will tie around the box.

Wrap your candle in complementary coloured tissue paper and place inside the box. Tie with ribbon and add your swing tag.

Happy Mother's Day - Sania Pell

You can read my post on the fab Liberty blog here and peruse the range of Liberty print fabrics.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and I hope your mums like their gifts.

If you like this project then and there are more of my diy craft projects here. Each of my books also contains 50 craft projects.

 

*Please remember never to leave a burning candle unattended.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    How beautiful – I am going to make one just for me – love the leaves x

  2. Jo S says:

    They’re so pretty! I’ve got a plain glass candle so I’m going to have a go at making one. Thank you for sharing, Sania.
    Jo x

  3. Marjory says:

    A lovely way to dress candles. Really lovely, a great gift for mother’s day! I look forward to making my own. 🙂 Thanks.

  4. Beautiful idea. I think I’m going to try it.
    have a nice day;

  5. Jude says:

    These are beautiful, such a good idea, thank you! X

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Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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