Hello Friends! You know how I’ve mentioned before that I’m a genius but some of you don’t believe me? Well here’s proof. I made 3 large Birch Bark candles for less than $1.00! I know, right?! You’re thinking no way and I’m saying yes way!
It all started when I finally put away the ridiculous amount of Christmas decor we had and got a burst of energy to do some winter decorating. Remember a couple of posts back when I gave you some great tips on winter decorating (you can find that post here)?
Well I saw that my fave craft store had candles at 50% off so I had to go. But the candles I went to get looked so fake and yucky. I put them in my basket even though I was disappointed. I could have gotten these from Amazon but I had a Veruca Salt moment and wanted them right then. Not a proud moment but even worse, at half off they were still over $10 each.
Walking around checking out the rest of the sale stuff I just kept thinking it was ridiculous to spend $30 on something I didn’t like. I know it’s not that expensive and I’ve definitely spent more on other decor items but these were down right ugly. But that’s when my genius moment struck.
I already had 3 candles at home so I pushed my little basket over to the paper section and picked up 2 – 12″ sheets of Birch Bark scrap book paper. I also had tape and scissors which is all you need for this easy DIY. Best of all, the 2 sheets were .59 cents each and on sale too! Baahahaha
I used my two 6 inch tall candles and could wrap both of them with only one sheet by cutting it in half. The other candle sitting in the lantern is 7-1/2″ tall which needed it’s own sheet. Since I intend to use the candles again I didn’t want to glue the paper on. Just use clear packing tape to hold it together. I have to admit, with the fat 6 inch candles, the paper didn’t go all the way around. It left about a 1/4 inch gap. It doesn’t bother me and no one can see it when you turn the candles just right. If that sort of thing keeps you up at night, use skinnier candles. 😉
Genius, right?! I think they turned out great and this is the start of some fabulous and super inexpensive winter decorating! Oh yeah, the Mister said to mention they were only for decorative purposes and not to light them because the paper could catch on fire. Okay, maybe safety isn’t my thing but all I have to do is use LED candles instead. See there – still a genius. 😉