Friday, 22 November 2013

DIY Christmas Candle Countdown

People say as you get older Christmases are not as exciting as when you were a child. I'm still waiting for that theory to kick in because I love Christmas. I probably love it for different reasons now. I like the build up a few weeks before, I like seeing fairy lights everywhere. I like mulled wine and mince pies. I like wrapping presents and I like decorating the house. I like Christmas TV and films and staying in rather than going out. I might even enjoy the weeks leading up to Christmas more than Christmas itself.

So after spotting this Tine K Home candle on Pinterest I was inspired to make my own mini Christmas Countdown. It's like a very subtle classy advent calendar for adults. I like the idea of lighting the candle every night leading up to Christmas Day and being able to cross out the dates as I go. This is a very simple DIY which can take 5 minutes to make but look beautifully unique sat on your dresser or bed side table.

images from tinekhome

I picked a particularly 'Christmassy' scented candle in a burnt orange colour from IKEA as I love the smell of this one. But Yankee Candles do some fantastic Christmas/Winter scents. You could remove their label with nail polish remover and pop on your own. These also make lovely gifts for anyone looking for an alternative to chocolate advent calendars! (Or you could just have both.)

How did I make my label? I created the template on Photoshop and spaced apart the numbers evenly, adding a little red star for Christmas Day - December 25th. Size your label up according to the size of your candle and print it out on to sticker paper also known as self-adhesive paper. You can pick this up from stationary shops or craft stores but Amazon stock it online too. It's tricky to get the label lined up perfectly on your candle and once it's on - it's not coming off! Smooth it down carefully as not to get any air bubbles and on Sunday 1st December look forward to going to bed and crossing out the first date. Not long to go! 

If you'd like to print my label for your candle I've included the design below for you to right click and save. 

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  1. This is so cool! I'm going to have a go!

  2. This is so cool! Definitely going to try this xo

  3. This is so cute, such a good idea! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  4. Such a cute idea I'm soooo excited! Can't believe next Sunday is the start of the countdown to Xmas xxx

  5. This is such an amazing idea :)

  6. This is such a good idea. Very simple but so meaningful.I wanted to add something about removing labels from glass jars, if you soak it in water it peels off easily. Then just scrub the glass to remove any remaining residue. Thanks for another great DIY!

  7. This is such a simple and great idea. Since I’m always using candles and always failing to complete my advent calendar, perhaps now I’ll actually finish it with it right on the jar!! :)

  8. Love this idea!
    S xx

  9. What a great way to get all excited about celebrating advent and feel like a grown up. It looks really chic, I'm definitely going to be trying this out.
    Kim x


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