Valentine decor can be so fun and playful! I’m a girly kind of chick, and I love all the pink sparkly hearts this time of year! Not everything needs to be mushy and pink though…so I made these sweet Valentine candles using no pink, no sparkles and no hearts!
- tall candles- $1 each
- book pages- on hand
- mod podge- on hand
- tea bag- on hand
- letter stickers/die cut letters- on hand or $1
Total: $4 and up, depending on number of letters in the word you use
First you’ll start by tea staining your book pages. This gives that great antique look without having to actually rip up your Great Grandmother’s copy of Little Women. If you don’t have any books on hand you’d be willing to destroy, grab a book from the dollar store! Try to choose a book with fairly thin pages. Bonus points: using a book of love poems or your favorite scriptures on love for this project!
To tea stain book pages:
- add some boiling water to a small bowl with a tea bag and allow to steep a few minutes and cool down.
- squeeze the tea bag to get most of the water out, and use the bag to brush the book page. Allow to dry. Darker teas will produce a darker result.
- the last photo above shows the before/after of tea staining. Instant antique look! I only stained the parts of the page I was going to use.
Once the book pages are completely dry, rip them into random shapes and sizes, removing the empty margins.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the candle and layer pieces of the book pages. You’ll need to apply more Mod Podge over the top of the pages as you go along layering until the candle is covered.
- Once you’ve covered the candle in book pages, apply one more layer of Mod Podge to seal the pages. Allow to dry completely, about 20 minutes.
- Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the area where the die cut letters will go (omit this step if using letter stickers) and apply the letters. Allow to dry about 10 minutes
- Apply one last layer of Mod Podge over the top of the letter. Allow to dry 20-30 minutes.