Friday, November 20, 2009

Welcome to the Jingle Bell Hop!

Welcome to the AC Bailey Jingle Bell Hop! With the holidays literally around the corner, the AC Bailey Design Team has decided to help Santa (and you) out this year with some fun and easy projects to help make the holiday gift season a bit easier. And just like Santa, we've also gotten some extra help this year and asked some additional elves to help out and post some of their cool projects too! And if that isn't enough help...we've also arranged for some early Black Friday sales just in case you need some products to get the projects completed.So come out and meet our Elves...check out their projects...leave a comment on their blogs and be eligible for a prize - upload some of your completed projects from any of the tutorials into the AC Bailey gallery and be eligible for another prize! Projects need to be completed and uploaded into the gallery by Tuesday, November 24th at Midnight Eastern to be eligible for a prize

Hi! I'm Lisa, and I've been a consultant with AC Bailey for about a year and a half, and a Design Team member for just over a month. I love AC Bailey because we always have the newest, freshest scrapbooking products out there. We also have some great perks, like the goodies kit of the month and FREE shipping on the first of every month! We have a great forum as well, and we're always doing fun things like this awesome blog hop! Enjoy!

Now on to the tutorial...

I've been a busy little elf getting my house ready for Thanksgiving. I like to keep the decorating for this holiday simple, because the minute the last guest leaves, hubby and I are outside hanging Christmas lights, and I start really decking the halls!

But I wanted my table to be pretty for this Thanksgiving, so this is what I came up with:

I made all the decorations you see here - the napkin ring/place cards, the Thanksgiving menu luminaries, the flower centerpiece, and the decorated candles.

Today I'm going to show you how to make the candle decoration. You can adapt this technique for any occasion, and it's super easy to do!

All you'll need are:
Pillar candles (as many as you'd like to decorate)
Patterned paper (I used Kaisercraft Pennyroyale)
Packing tape
Hot water in a large bowl
Paper towels
Heat embossing gun
Ribbon or ricrac for embellishing

Follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Run a strip of packing tape the entire 12" width of your patterned paper, smoothing the tape as you roll it.

Step 2: Cut this strip of tape and patterned paper. It doesn't matter if you cut it precisely, but don't cut into the tape.

Step 3: Soak this strip of tape and paper in hot water for about 30 minutes.

Step 4: With your thumb, rub the wet patterned paper off the entire length of the tape strip. Your goal is to have no white paper fibers showing when done.

Step 5: Allow tape strip to dry on paper towels - should take about 1 to 2 hours.

Step 6: Wrap tape strip around pillar candle. Secure with a small amount of adhesive.

Step 7: Heat tape strip with heat embossing gun. You will be able to see the tape "melt" into the candle beneath the surface. Keep the heat gun moving so as not to cause the candle to drip.

Step 8: Embellish with ribbon or ricrac, and enjoy! (Caution: remove ribbon when burning candle)

That's it! I hope you enjoyed this stop on the hop. Stay tuned to the forum for tutorials on the rest of these projects. Now it's time to visit Kristii's blog, Honestly Speaking - she's cooked up something extra sweet for you!


  1. Loved the candles!!! Great project.

  2. Very cool! Wish I had know how to do this when I made my unity candle for our wedding! Nice Table decorations!~~Rhonda

  3. This is such an adaptable idea! So cool!! Gotta give it a try!

  4. OMG, that is a great technique! Where's my packing tape....

  5. wow....that's awesome!! I never knew how that was done! THANKS so much for the tips...will have to give it a try!!

  6. Wow! How cool. I will definitely have to try this one. We love candles & what a great way to dress them up. This would be a great gift idea too. TFS

  7. Lisa, Thanks so much for the instructions for this. I've heard so many people talk about this technique and I wasn't sure of the steps. I'm off to make a few for gifts. Thanks

  8. Love this technique! I'm going to have to try it!

  9. This is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. excellent inexpensive way to decorate...thanks, and will have to give this a try....sandi

  11. This is so cool! Can't wait to try this!!

  12. Great tut! What a terrific way to use up scraps and personalize our homes. Thanks for teaching us!



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