Hello there and happy September! Now that we’re passed Labor Day, I love that I can go all out with fall decor and not feel like I’m rushing summer out the door. If you follow along on my blog, you have likely noticed my color palette obsession for fall is navy and gold. I’m obsessed! Seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I love the warm tones that are the telltale signs of fall, but I’m really digging this glam take on fall with a couple of the Pantone color picks for fall 2017. Painted DIY candle decor is a quick and inexpensive way to customize existing candles for the seasons!
After setting up my fall tablescape recently, I realized the only thing missing was candles, so I took care of that real quick (literally, lightening fast) by making these easy, brush stroke painted DIY candle decor in my favorite color palette.
- Darice 2.8″ x 5.8″ Unscented White Pillar Candles
- Americana Acrylic Paint in Navy Blue
- Dazzling Metallics Paint in Glorious Gold
- Darice Paint Brushes
- Wide and Thick Rubber Bands
*Note: Only use water based paints if you plan to burn the candles.
Place rubber bands around each pillar candle about a third of the way down. Make sure the rubber band is snug. Below the rubber band, apply 2 coats of navy paint, drying thoroughly between coats.
Using various size brush strokes, apply metallic gold paint brush strokes onto the candles. As you can see, there is no need for precision here. I find when painting brush strokes, the less thought that goes into it, the better the result. Use the flat part of the brush, the side, the tip… mixing up the brush angle and the pressure will give a nice variation in brush strokes.
Once the paint has fully dried (at least an hour to ensure the paint that may have crept under the rubber band is dry), carefully pull the rubber bands away from the painted pillar candles and lift off. It’s truly that easy!
Another great way to dress up plain candles is to use crayon wax! Check out our dip dyed candle DIY project with crayon wax.