Striped Taper Candles

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I've always LOVED striped taper candles--just haven't loved the price tag. I decided to recreate the look myself, and after a little research found that you need a specific medium to help the paint stick to the wax. I found inexpensive tapers at my local dollar store, the clearance section of Michaels ( whoop .49 cents) and Flying Tiger in NYC. These bold stripes will look amazing on your table all summer long!
Style with mismatched candlesticks from the thrift store!
Mask off stripes with masking tape...painter's tape won't stick. Scoring along the edge of the tape with your nail or a knife will help you paint perfect stripe edges after removing the tape.



You HAVE to remove the tape before the paint dries or you will waste a lot of time touching up--My first batch was ruined because all of the paint pulled off with the tape.
How wonderful are these color combos?!
Suggested materials:
  • Taper Candles
  • Acrylic Paint
Lindsey McCord
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  • Karen Wenell Karen Wenell on Nov 17, 2016
    Love to make these! What is adhesion medium and where can I buy it? Thanks!

  • Ta Ta on Jul 13, 2017
    How do you keep the tape lines straight on the tampered candles. The ones that are the same size top to bottom would be no problem bit the ones that get smaller as you go up I would think it would be hard to keep the stripe straight all the way around. The tape would be tight at the bottom but loose at the top.

  • Terry Terry on Mar 04, 2021

    Hi, I went to the go button below for more instruction but all in an Asian version. Is there one in english?

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