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Sunday, January 30, 2011

How I grubby my candles

After Christmas I really stocked up on candles. I think I paid 63 cents for these candles...I usually wipe my candles off with alcohol before I paint them. This helps remove some of that waxy feel.

I let the candle dry. Then I paint the candle with black acrylic craft paint. I usually do two coats of paint.

Once the black paint is dried I dry brush some burnt umber acrylic paint over the entire candle. You may have to practice some to get the kind of look you want. This gives the candle a brownish/black look.

Once the candle is painted and dry I brush the entire candle with Mod-Podge. While it is still wet I sprinkle the entire candle with cinnamon...I keep my candle over a aluminum pan while doing both the Mod-Podge and the cinnamon..This gets messy :)

This is how the candle will look once the cinnamon is sprinkled on.

I usually let mine set for about an hour to dry. Once the mixture is dry I just take my hands and rub lightly over the candle. This removes some of the cinnamon and allows the color to show through. You can also use a small paint brush and just brush the cinnamon off.

I just wrapped/tied a piece of cheesecloth around this one..

And there you have it...My version of a simple grubbied/grungy candle...Fun, cheap and simple to do!!

Oh, these are only for decorations...I don't burn mine!!!

Wasn't that easy!! My motto...".I'll paint anything if it's not moving."  


  1. Thanks for sharing that seems easy enough. Prim Blessings! Robin

  2. You did a GREAT job!!!!You are blessed with craft talent which I am not!!
    Prim Blessings,

  3. Oh, how easy. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. What a great tutorial Rhonda, I'm heading to the dollar store next time I'm in town! Just found your blog through Tracy at Crafts Supplies Sales and Resources blog, looking forward to following you! Deb