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.


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.


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.


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.


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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