Cactus Candle

Hi there!

Welcome to my very first blogpost on Happy DIY.

I would like to kick start my blog by introducing the Cactus Candle DIY project. Cactuses are currently all over Pinterest, Instagram and DIY blogs. I thought I’d contribute to the hype with a project I hadn’t seen on the social media yet. It was a really fun and fairly easy project to accomplish.

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Here’s al list of all the supplies you will need:

  • A candle
  • Colored wax foil for candle decorating. I bought mine at Flying Tiger. I can’t remember the exact price, but it really wasn’t expensive (like 3€). In this package were included: a green sheet, a red sheet and a gold metallic sheet.
  • Scissors
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • Several print-outs of cactuses. You could also draw a cactus yourself if you prefer.
  • Tooth picks.

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Step 1: print several cactuses and cut these out with your scissors. Make sure the size will fit onto your candle.

Step 2: transfer the print onto the wax foil and cut them out with the sharp knife on the cutting board. Be careful not to cut yourself.

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Don’t worry about being exact while cutting out the shapes of the cactuses: since the material is wax foil, you can adjust the contours with your fingers.

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Step 3: now that all of your cactuses are ready, you can start decorating the candle. I had to remove a thin sheet of paper at the bottom of the wax foil. Next, I heated the wax very briefly in my hands before sticking them to the base of the candle.

Step 4: I added some detail to the cactuses with a tooth pick. This makes the images a bit more realistic.

I also had gold colored wax foil, that I used for cutting out some grass and a little sun ;-).

Here’s the end result!

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