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Quick Holiday Hostess Gift Idea

Well, the boutique went well and I was able to raise some funds for my daughter and her school trips.  Each trip is a special opportunity (one through a special choir and dance group and the other through an honor science program).  She and my mom were a lovely help at the boutique.

One of the items I sold at the boutique were these candles.  I just thought I’d share the how to on these.  I was thinking, these would make a quick and nice hostess gift if you were headed to party or needed a last minute gift.


  • Long Burning Emergency (sometimes used for Vigils) Candle as seen here  You can get these even at your local grocery store, dollar store . . . there just about everywhere.  I got mine for $1.  At the grocery store they are usually in the ethnic food section
  • Vintage (or scrapbooking) music paper (or paper of your choice)
  • Ornament (in this case I found several of these snowflakes for $1)
  • Mod Podge (I used Antique Matte)
  • Lace (optional)
  • Patterned Paper
  • Dress Patterned Paper
  • Flower Punch
  • Small Jingle Bells
  • Scissors

The How To:


Rip music paper and adhere around candle with Mod Podge.  Next, if desired cut a piece of lace in a circle for your base.  If you use the Antique Matte Mod Podge it gives it a yellow aged look which I love.

Flower Center

Punch two flower shapes from desired patterned paper.  Next punch three flowers from dress patterned paper.  Since dress patterned paper is delicate I punch through several layers at once and it helps to get a crisp punch.  Next, stack them with the patterned paper ones on the bottom and dress patterned paper flowers on the top by putting only a dot of Mod Podge in the center.  Next take scissors and clip the petals to get several different petals.  Don’t go all the way to the center when clipping.  Fan and unfold petals.  Add jingle bells in the middle with a bit of Mod Podge and let dry.  I call them woodland flowers.  Here’s a tutorial from the archives . . . really from the archives where I made these little buggers.  Here and here.


Place the ornament on top of the candle/base adhering with Mod Podge.  Place ‘Woodland Flower’ on top of the ornament in the center with Mod Podge and let dry thoroughly.

Viola . . . you have a quick holiday hostess gift to give.


Warmest creative Wishes!

Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, artist, vintage loving, law enforcement officer, Southern Californian, God and country loving girl who loves to meet like minded creative people, share life with new and old friends. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide