- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Hello sweet Bees!
I am having birch accents at my wedding, and I need a little help. Ideally, I would love to get this faux birch candle effect where it doesn’t actually use real birch bark (which is opaque), but instead has a semi-sheer birch print around the candle. I want the candle to glow with the birch print when lit, whereas birch bark wrapped around the candle will not let much light shine through and will show dark at night.
Strategy one: buy pre-made candles.
Question -Do you guys know of where I can currently buy birch printed wax candles? Cabellas, Pottery Barn, Target, Pier 1 Imports – none of them sell them anymore. I also would like to avoid LED candles if possible.
Strategy two: make DIY birchy-looking candles.
I looked into several ways of making printed candles. For example, some suggest printing a birch print on vellum paper, acetate paper, or wax paper. For vellum and acetate, the idea is to attach the paper to a large pillar using a spray adhesive or double sided tape. For wax paper, the idea is to tape the printed paper to a candle, and heat it with a hair dryer until the wax melts and ‘becomes one’ with the wax candle.
Question – has anybody tried this with wax paper, acetate paper, or vellum paper? Which works best? Do these papers burn or singe when the candle burns down? Will the melted wax pour out of the seam in the paper?
Question – Is it best to attach the printed paper to the candle directly or to a glass pillar holding the candle? Does the latter look too DIY/cheap?
Question – Anybody know of a high-res birch image that I can print or a good quality birch-pattern scrapbooking paper? I can’t find either.
Thank you ladies (and gents)! I appreciate any advice you can give me.