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Easy Candle Slip Covers

By: Tiffany Windsor for Inspired at Home

Decorate dollar-store candles with scrapbook paper and trims for a quick and easy gift for housewarming, hostess gifts, birthdays, Mother's Day and more! Use your favorite trims to create pretty candles for your own home. Tiffany Windsor of Inspired at Home shows you how to create paper "slipcovers" for the candles, so that you can re-use them!

Listen to Tiffany talk about this craft project. (mp3)

Easy Candle Slip Covers


  • 7 day candle (in glass cylinder)
  • Scrapbook paper (12” x 12”) – design/color of your choice
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Paper punch (optional for laced version)
  • Aleene’s® Fast Grab Tacky Glue®
  • Ribbons – coordinate with scrapbook papers
  • Vintage paper flower embellishment (optional)


  1. Measure paper to fit around glass cylinder. Add 1” to width to allow for overlap at seam. Apply glue along edge of paper using a cardboard squeegee to smooth glue for even coverage. Wrap around cylinder and press glued edge over opposite edge of paper. You may find that you want to apply glue approximately 1” wide for best immediate hold. Hold seam, continuing to press edge until glue holds. This is Fast Grab so it won’t take long! Glue ribbons and embellishments in place to accent your candle slip cover.
  2. For the laced candle cover, I selected a cardstock weight scrapbook paper. Measure to fit around cylinder and deduct 1” from measurement. Use your ruler to mark wrong side of paper at ½” intervals (or if you want your lacing spaced farther apart, set your marks at 1” intervals). Punch holes where marked. Determine length of ribbon for lacing. My candle was approximately 8” tall and it took 51” of ribbon for lacing!
  3. You can also use this technique for the “junior” version on a votive candle holder. It’s a cute matching set wrapped with black and white polka dot ribbon and polka dot cardboard button.

Tiffany’s Designer Tip: These slip covers are reusable. If you glue paper to paper (and not to the glass) just slip off the cover and slip it on another 7-day candle! I also glued together the leftover scrapbook strips from the first two candles to create the slip cover for the third candle which then made all three candle covers mix and match!

Easy Candle Slip Covers 2


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This is a wonderful idea; however I am a person who has 7-day candles lit everday. I hate to be negative but I have had experiences where the wick moves to one side of candle because of the liquid wax that has burned and it will burn your glass thru and crack and will burn any covering it has on the outside of glass. What I have done is taken used coffee cans decorated the outside the tin can placed my candle inside and placed decorative items such as marbles, rocks decorative sand around the glass , anything that will not cause a fire hazard to your home and family. Thank you for your idea


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