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  • Writer's pictureDiane M Kellogg

Holiday Candy Candle Wrap for Faux Pillar Candles

By Alise Duerr

Faux candles have become so realistic and are much safer than real wax burning candles. Leaving them up all year I felt they needed to look different for the holidays but with something removable after the season is over. This colored pencil wrap will lie flat for storage after use and is just the thing to add some seasonal bling. It is also adaptable to any size pillar.

I began taking Tole painting lessons over 40 years ago as “mommy time”. Over the years I took as many classes as I could and finally felt confident enough to start teaching and designing. I have taught at several conventions and have been published. I paint mostly in acrylics but my latest love is colored pencils and my students keep clamoring for more designs. Try this easy project and fall in love with them yourself.



Mi-Tientes Indigo Blue Paper cut to 3 ½” tall and measure length to fit around your candle with a 1” overlap. Available at Hobby Lobby Craft Stores or

Pencils & Other Media

Prismacolor Premiere Colored Pencils-available from or local craft store.

916 Canary Yellow, 133 Cobalt Blue Hue, 1039 Neon Green, 929 pink, 1018 Pink Rose, 195 Pomegranate, 923 Scarlet Lake, 938 White, 1004 Yellow Chartreuse, 1077 Colorless Blender

DecoArt Americana Acrylic Snow White Paint DA01

Krylon Workable Fixative Spray1306 -available at local craft stores.

Misc. Supplies

Hard clipboard to hold paper, pencil sharpener, tracing paper, white and grey graphite paper, pencil, stylus, small liner paintbrush, Krylon Workable Fixative, small piece of Velcro or tape.


Cut your paper to size needed. Trace the line drawing on the tracing paper. Using the smoother side of the Mi-Tientes paper use a pencil and mark off the overlap areas on each end. Secure paper on hard board and find the center between your two marked lines and trace on the main lines of your pattern using white graphite paper.


1. Fill in the ribbon, candy sticks and round candies with White and medium pressure.


1. Shade the ribbon where it overlaps and curls with Pomegranate. Highlight with Pink Rose.

2. Base over the whole ribbon with Pink going over shadows and highlights.

3. Strengthen the highlights with White and re-strengthen shadows with a heavier coat of Pomegranate if needed.

4. Use the Colorless Blender and blend each section of the ribbon.

5. Fill in the wide red areas of the round candies and the red stick candy with Scarlet Lake. Strengthen the white areas of candies with more White. Add the skinny red lines with sharp Scarlet Lake pencil. The center dimple on the round candies is colored in with Pomegranate.


1. The blue candy stick is Cobalt Blue Hue and Canary Yellow sections with skinny line of the Cobalt Blue Hue.

2. The green candy stick is entirely filled in over the white with Neon Green and the red lines are added with Pomegranate.

3. With Neon Green, draw in the center vein lines for the evergreen sprigs. Pull small needles off each center vein first with Neon Green, then pull fewer needles with Canary Yellow and then a very few with White. Work these in around objects but make sure you pull needles right up to the objects not leaving a gap.

4. Using the White paint and a liner brush, paint the highlight lines on the candies and the ribbon.

5. When paint lines are dry, spray with several light coats of Krylon Workable Fixative.


The easiest way to adhere the paper on the candle is to just use a clear piece of tape on the overlapping parts. You can also a piece of Velcro being careful not to tear paper when removing. NOTE- Please do not use these on real candles that will be lit!

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