This tutorial shows you just how easy it is to paint brushstroke candles. They make such a beautiful decoration for a shelf, centerpiece or tablescape.
Happy Friday, friends! We’re 7 weeks from Thanksgiving and already my Thanksgiving and Christmas posts have crept into my top 10 visited posts. You guys are on it with your planning! These painted brushstroke candles I did for the Darice blog a couple years ago are one of my favorite DIYs to glam up a fall tablescape (or any tablscape!) They were the perfect finishing touch for this navy and gold centerpiece, don’t you think?
Can you burn painted candles?
Maybe. If you use non-toxic, water based and formaldehyde-free paint they can be burned. Otherwise, it’s best to just leave them unburned as a decoration. Then you can enjoy them longer, too!
What kind of candles can be painted?
Any kind. I used white pillars for my painted brushstroke candles and don’t plan to burn them. If you like the ambiance of a burning candle, you can always use a flameless candle and then you get the best of both worlds… a beautiful painted brushstroke candle that can be illuminated whenever.
Ok, let’s make these things!
How to Paint Brushstroke Candles
Brushstroke Candle Supplies
- Darice 2.8″ x 5.8″ Unscented White Pillar Candles
- Americana Acrylic Paint in Navy Blue
- Dazzling Metallics Paint in Glorious Gold
- Flat paint brush
- Fan paint brush
- Wide and thick rubber bands
Wipe the pillar candles off with a damp cloth to ensure they are free of dirt and wax flakes.
Position wide and thick rubber bands around each pillar candle about a third of the way down, making sure that the rubber band is snug so that paint doesn’t seep underneath. Paint the bottom portion of the candle with 2 coats of navy paint. Allow to dry thoroughly between coats.
With a fan shaped brush, apply metallic gold paint brush strokes onto the candles. Vary the size of the brushstrokes and the pressure of the paint brush for more interest and variation… no need for precision perfection here!
Allow to dry for about an hour, then carefully pull the rubber bands away from the painted pillar candles and remove. How simple, right?
Painting brushstroke candles is such a simple and inexpensive way to create unique and beautiful decor. Painted pillar candles make a great gift idea, too.
Have you ever tried painting candles before? How would you decorate yours?
Kathy Peña says
Lovely centerpiece & so easy. I’m going to try this with my Red Hat Group. Thank you!
Thanks so much! I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂
Love the blue and gold together
Thanks Sue! 🙂