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30 May, 2013

Frenchy {Aged Paper} Candle Wraps

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Aged Paper Candle WrapsWant to learn how to age paper and spiff up your old candles? Then I have just the project for you! It’s super easy and doesn’t take long, either. It’s my frenchy vintage-look paper candle wraps!

KittyOur scheduled co-host, Miss Kitty is not available at the moment. She is too busy checking out the visitors at the bird feeder from her perch on my grandsons’ swing set. I guess I will be going it alone…again! I may have to begin docking some pay for my staff!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Aged Paper Candle Wraps I don’t know about you, but I am finding that my pillar candle collection is looking a little bedraggled and in need of a facelift. They are all different colors…varying shades of cream and white…and different sizes. Sooo…I have come up with a way to give them a more unified look with the vintage touches that I love! And if those numbers look familiar…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Numbered Napkins …it’s because I used the same graphics to create my French farmhouse numbered napkins! I liked them so much that I wanted to use them again! Thanks so much to Karen at The Graphics Fairy for sharing the wreath with us. I just added the numbers.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Numbered Candle Wraps 1 and 2

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Numbered Candle Wraps 3 and 4

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Numbered Candle Wraps 5 and 6

First, you will need to print the numbers. If you click on them, you will see that the graphics are arranged in three sets of two numbers…1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6. You will need to print them as three different pages to get the right size for your pillar candles. They will need to run horizontally to be long enough to wrap around the candles. *Note...I have added numbers 7 and 8 at the request of a reader so you would print an additional page if you want to use them.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT How to Age Paper Here’s what you will do:
  1. Cut the printed numbers into 4 1/4  by 11 inch strips…in other words, in half lengthwise.
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place two of the number strips on the sheet and cover with strong coffee. Let them soak for a few minutes until the entire strip is wet.
  3. Pour off the remaining coffee. You can save it for the next set of strips.
  4. Place in a preheated 200 degree oven for roughly 5 minutes. IMPORTANTDo NOT leave them unattended or let them stay in the oven too long. You can tell that they are just about ready when the edges begin to curl. The coffee will evaporate and leave the strips stained and aged-looking. Remove them from the oven and let them cool.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Aged Paper Candle Wraps Finally, wrap the number strips around the pillar candles and secure them with a piece of jute twine. Make sure that the paper will be far enough away from the candle flame if you intend to light them. As with any lighted candles you would not want to leave them unattended. I probably will not light mine anyway but just use them for decoration.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Fairy Tale Book CoversYou might recognize the aged paper tutorial from my vintage French fairy tale book covers. You can find out how to make these using the free graphic that I created here. I chose my two favorite tales from one of my favorite classic French authors…Charles Perrault…and featured the fabulous illustrations of Gustave Doré.

I also used the same method to create my Country Living inspired filament bulb candles...gotta love the vintage look! You will find a complete tutorial, including a link to the graphics, by clicking here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Aged Paper Candle WrapsAnd here’s another look! I placed them in my grandmother’s dough bowl, anchored with dried black beans. Got to love the frenchiness and they were so easy to make. And…best of all...they were FREE! Woo hoo! You can’t beat that!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my aged paper candle wraps! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday ,The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop on Tuesdays , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures , Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Everyday Home for Home{work} Wednesday , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
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  1. I really LOVE these. Thankyou for sharing them with us. xx

  2. I love these, Debbie! Such a great idea. I'm sure we all have some pillar candles that are looking a little worse for wear. Besides, these make for a nice decoration. Thanks for sharing your how-to!

  3. I always love your ideas, Debbie! Thanks for sharing your creativity!


  4. I love this! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I am going to have to try this myself.

  5. Debby this is just perfect; like you I have an assortment of white, cream, ? colored pillars that are still fine they just look awful!!
    Love this project, you are so very creative Debbie!

    Please come and enter my giveaway from Segreto Finishes!
    Art by Karena

  6. I nominate you for CEO of Spiffing. Good job.

  7. Hi Debbie! Oh, this is a great tute! Easty and so pretty! You're just the most creative one.
    Yep, your staff seems to be slacking a bit! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Sheila ;)

  8. Love the numbers on the candles too. How fun is that. Great idea. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  9. Gorgeous, Debbie! I love the graphics you used, and aging the paper makes them just perfect.

  10. We recently put up a large canopy in the backyard for entertaining (complete with pea gravel flooring) and I have decorated the dining area "Frenchy". These candles will look great on the outdoor dining table; THANKS for sharing this idea - love them.

  11. Love, love, love your candle wrappers! Thanks so much for sharing the template. Definitely going to try my hand at making some too!


  12. Another ingenious idea from my favorite blogger of all time!!

    You really have all the talent in the world for home decs Debbie!!

    So glad I discovered you. Take care and keep the ideas coming!!

  13. Luv it Debbie. Thanks for the tutorial. Yes, free is always good!!
    Happy Thursday.
    Hugs, Gee

  14. Great project again Debbie, you are full of surprises. I will be saving this for future use. Thanks!!


  15. Fantastic project! As a former math teacher, I love numbers. Thanks for providing the printable of the wreaths with numbers in them.
    Your posts are always so good.


  16. I really love these. You did a really beautiful job. Thanks for the printables. I would love to try this.

  17. Oh- I absolutely LOVE these. Thanks so much for the idea and the graphics- xo Diana

  18. You always have the best DIY projects! Love this and it looks easy enough to do ... and I just happen to have white pillar candles waiting for some prettiness. Thanks for sharing the graphics!!

  19. Hey Debbie, These little Frenchy Candle Wrappers caught my eye - HOW fun! You make this sound so easy, I just may try my hand at it. :) YOU are so creative my friend! I haven't been able to find blog visiting for some time, tonight I'm making a few visits. Of course, you were at the top of my LIST! ;) Hugs friend!

  20. I love this so much that I think I have got to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing.

  21. These look great Debbie. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

  22. These are beautiful, Debbie. I've got to look around here at some of your other projects.
    I'm visiting you today from Common Ground. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

  23. Love your numbered candle pillars and your napkins.
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  24. Deb those numbers may be some of my fave graphics. I downloaded them and saved them from the napkins tute. Now to figure out where to use them. I just may have to make some candle wraps like yours b/c I have some looking a little rough too. I just love your constact creativity. It just keeps on coming. Love you! xxoo

  25. Your candles and the towels are so pretty, Debbie. Love Miss Kitty, too!

  26. Debbie: New to your blog but have it in my blog list as I just love your creativity...want to share it with my blog friends/ Your candle wraps are great and I will try them soon. Thanks so much for sharing. Please visit me at and leave a comment if you can. {{HUGS}} Joy

  27. Debbie, I can't get over how cool these are. You never cease to amaze me with your fun projects. This one is just really neat, and I think I might actually be able to do it. You know I have two left thumbs when it comes to crafting, but this looks to fun to pass up. I always love seeing what you're doing.

    Hope you had a good Mother's Day with the granlittles.



  28. Love the numbers!

    I host a weekly link party called "Seasonal Sundays". This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I'm having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I'd love to have you join the fun!

    - The Tablescaper

  29. Love the candles. They are so very pretty.

  30. Love Love Love this!!! Why is it that of all the posts linked up to Metamorphis Monday - your two where the first two I clicked on not even knowing who's posts they were??? Obviously I love your work!! Thanks so much - I am always enjoying your posts!

  31. Thanks for sharing your tutorial, love the candle, great ideas.

  32. They are so pretty! I love how easy it looks to age the paper, too.
    Take care,

  33. Great project! I love the look and how the covers disguise dings and scrapes on the covers are so pretty. Thanks for the tutorial on ageing the paper, too.

  34. Could you be any more creative? I love this idea! I can think of so many ways to use it. Wrapping bottles for one.
    The vignette in the dough bowl is french perfection!

  35. Hello Debbie,
    Thanks for sharing at my party this week.


  36. I LOVE these. Thanks for sharing!
    Lori @ Jasmine Brook

  37. Wow, I love these!! I am so glad I saw this. I am hosting a giveaway via Arcadian Home on my blog. It would be great if you could stop by. Have a lovely day!

  38. I loved your post, crafting topics are my favorite. I hope you don’t mind that I’ve reposted it at my linky gallery “The Blog POST OFFICE”. It’s a Reverse Linkly. The gallery is a lovely place being filled with great blog posts like yours and other fab bloggers. Drop by, I hope you’ll enjoy the POST OFFICE too. If you place a backlink of “The POST OFFICE” with your post, you may be considered for the “First Class Post” award.

    Thank you, have a SUNNY day, Victoria Lavender

  39. I love how you've enhanced these candles (via The Graphics Fairy).

  40. I just found this post and bookmarked it! Love this. I can't wait to try it myself! Thanks :)

  41. Love this.
    Thank you for sharing the templates too.

  42. I love these! Thanks a lot for your thorough description of how to...!
    I see that you used dried black beans...I just love them for décorating...!

  43. Debbie, I love your candles and want to try them. The tips for aging paper are great. You always give the best information. Please help me. The graphics are printing too near the edge of the paper and will be next to the seam. How do I move them to the center. I can't wait to make my own. You surely are a very busy girl! Have you ever used the aging paper for a print to frame? Bet that would look great.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  44. Once again, you know it out of the park. I age my paper the same way, except I use a strong black tea because I loathe the smell of coffee. How very UN-French of me!

  45. Beautiful Debbie! I love both styles of candle wraps. Thanks for the graphics.

  46. But doesn't the ink run when you soak it in the coffee?

    1. No, not at all. I use an inkjet printer, if that matters.

  47. I love the paper and candle craft....thank you for sharing. they look great. and a great way to freshen up the candles.

  48. Thanks for sharing, just love all your ideas

  49. The candle wraps are so charming and your tutorial for aging the paper is great. I love the graphics fairy. I used this same garland for a transfer on a wooden tissue box I made for my powder room. Thanks for a great idea and for hosting The Scoop.

  50. I love this project. What an easy way to change out your candles for each season.


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie