DIY Retro Deer Christmas Candles with Craft Attitude and Mod Podge

DIY Retro Deer Christmas Candle with Craft Attitude and Mod Podge

We whipped up these easy DIY retro inspired candles with Craft Attitude and Mod Podge!  Craft Attitude is a printable film than can be applied to tons and tons of surfaces.  Here we used them on Dollar Store Candles.  The deer clip art is from on of my favorite sources….. The Graphics Fairy.  The diamond mesh trim is from my party supply shop and the velvet holly leaves are from my craft supply shop.



graphics fairy craft attitude

Choose your image and adjust the size if needed.

This deer came from The Graphics Fairy.

print and trim vinatge deer clipart

Print onto Craft Attitude and trim around the image leaving a small border.

mod podge dollar store candle

Clean a glass candle and dry.  Gather Mod Podge Gloss and Sparkle.

apply a thin coat of mod podge to glass candle

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the glass candle.

remove image from backer sheet

Remove the image from the backing sheet.  Try not to touch it too much.

apply craft attitude to the project

Apply the image to the candle in the Mod Podged areas.  Top-coat with Mod Podge if desired.  Continue adding deer around the entire candle.

add highlights with glitter mod podge

Add Glitter highlights with Sparkle Mod Podge.

add mod podge to the base of the candle

Apply Mod Podge to the base and sprinkle “snow” glitter into the Mod Podge.

glue trims

Glue trims and embellishments to the top.

vintage deer clipart close upAdd gems to the deer!

DIY Retro Deer Christmas Candle with Craft Attitude and Mod Podge

For more project ideas using Craft Attitude visit the links below!


DIY Candle Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving

altered glass candle with mod podge and podgeables

It is easy to whip up a Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving when you use Mod Podge.  This glass candle (smells like pumpkin ~ so yummy) had the typical label on the front.  We soaked the candle in soapy water to remove the label and attached some fall themed scrapbook paper in it’s place. The tag was made using a Podgeable shape.  The ribbon is from my crepe collection at the supply shop.

dimensional magic tags

To make the glass dome finish on the Podgeable shape we used Dimensional Magic.


Supplies Needed
Mod Podge ® Acrylic Shapes – Basics, Flat & Charm
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Mod Podge ® Dimensional Magic, 2 oz.
Fall scrapbook paper
Glass Candle Holder


1. Make the pumpkin pendant: Begin with a large rectangle Podgeable shape. Trim fall scrapbook paper to fit the top of the Podgeable shape. (You can use paper punches too)

2. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of the Podgeable shape and to the back of the paper. Position the paper on the Podgeable. Smooth with your fingers. Apply a top-coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry 2 hours.

podgeable tag shapes mod podge

3. Cover the Podgeable with Dimensional Magic. Begin around the outer edge and fill until the entire pendant is covered. Dry for 24 hours in an undisturbed and non-drafty place.

4. Trim the fall paper to fit on the front of the glass candle. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the paper and position on the candle. Smooth with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. Allow to dry.

5. Tie a bow around the neck of the candle and attach the Podgeable with a jump-ring or a piece of twine.

Tip: While the Dimensional Magic is drying don’t move the pendant around or you might get air bubbles. If you do get an air bubble, use a sewing pin to pop it.

ENJOY! xoxo

Cathie and Steve

DIY Halloween Candles with Mod Podge and Mesh Ribbons

altered candle for halloween mod podge scrapbooking

One of my favorite and fastest gifts to make is an altered glass candle.  You can do this for any holiday or occasion!  You might need to soak off the original label before Mod Podging on a new.  The mesh ribbon and paper flowers are from the supply shop.

Gather This:
Glass candle holder
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 16 oz.
Scrap paper
Halloween scrapbook paper
Foam Paintbrush
Hot glue
Mesh Ribbon
Paper Flowers


Trim the scrapbooking paper to fit around the candle. Coat the back and front of the Halloween paper with Mod Podge, position onto around the candle, smooth any air bubbles with your finger and top coat with a layer of Mod Podge.

Tie a ribbon around the candle. Using hot glue, attach flowers and gems to the front of the jar.

Dollar Store Halloween Candle Makeover with Mod Podge and Paper Napkins

mod podge skull candle makeover

We love making over dollar store items and this skull candle blends both a 7-day candle and party napkins from the dollar store.  Project Tip: Napkins become transparent when Mod Podged so choose your background papers wisely.

What you will need:
Mod Podge ® 3 Piece Silicone Finger Caps
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Glass candle
Scrapbook paper
Foam paintbrush
Halloween paper napkins
Hot glue
Burlap scrap


1. Cut a strip of scrapbook paper to fit around the candleholder. Tear the top edge for a distressed look. Apply Mod Podge Gloss to the back, position onto the candleholder, smooth with your fingers, Allow to dry. Top-coat with more Mod Podge if desired.

2. Cut a motif from a Halloween napkin. Mod Podge over the first paper in the same fashion as step 1. Allow to dry.

3. Hot glue a scrap of burlap around the base.

Project Tip: Napkins become transparent when Mod Podged so choose your background papers wisely.

DIY Valentine Gift Idea: Luminaries

scrapbook paper luminaries copy

We have been making these for years and we never get tired of them.  We even made them on season 1 of Creative Juice.  The design ideas are endless because of the multitude of papers and fabrics that can be used to create one.

Please visit our project page at Plaid for all the instructions.

Mummy Wrapped Candle made with Mod Podge

This Mummified Candle Holder was designed for Plaid!

Transform a plain candle holder into a fright night delight! All you need is a little mesh fabric, Mod Podge and some paints.

Mod Podge – Gloss
Mesh fabric ¼ yard
Candle holder
Loose bristle paintbrush
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Black
FolkArt ® Metallics – Gunmetal Gray
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Buttercup
Black plastic spider
Hot glue

1. Cut the mesh fabric into small strips. Wrap the strips around the candleholder. As you wrap, add Mod Podge to the fabric. Use lots of Mod Podge. It is ok to saturate the fabric. Allow to dry.

2. Dry brush the Gunmetal Gray and Buttercup paint over the mesh fabric.

3. Apply 2 coats of Black Extreme Glitter to the spider. Once dry, hot glue to the candleholder.

DIY Wedding Favors – 11+ ideas

diy beach wedding favors

Wedding season is just around the corner and busy brides and grooms are working on all the details. Oh so many details when it comes to weddings. One easy DIY detail is the wedding favor. Many favors can be made by hand in advance or you can doctor up store bought items. Don’t forget to enlist friends and family for help!

Ribbon Wrapped Candy Tins


Clear top candy tins
Candies of choice
Round punched tags
Decorative ribbon

Glue the ribbon around the tin canister, fill with candies and glue a decorative tag in the center of the clear top.

Embossed Glassine Sleeves with Chocolate Hearts


Chocolate for melting
Candy molds
Cookie sheet
Glassine sleeve – Photo supply or craft store
Small rubber stamp
Embossing stamp pad
Embossing powder
Embossing or heat gun
File folder
Decorative tag
Hole punch
Ribbon – 6” per favor

1. Microwave the chocolate on low for one minute, then in additional 30-second intervals, stirring each time. When the chocolate is smooth and fully melted, it is ready to be poured into the molds.

2. With a spoon, fill each section of the mold with melted chocolate. Gently tap the mold to remove any air bubbles.

3. Allow to cool and pop out the chocolates. Use the edge of a knife to remove any extra bits of chocolate.

4. Emboss an image on the glassine sleeves, if desired. Stamp the rubber stamp using embossing ink and sprinkle embossing powder on the wet ink. Tap off excess powder. Work over a file folder so you can funnel the excess back into the embossing powder jar. Heat with the embossing or heat gun until the embossing powder has melted.

5. Place a few chocolates in a glassine sleeve, fold over the top edge of the sleeve.

6. Punch one hole in the top center of the tag. Punch a matching hole in the top center of the decorative tag.

7. Layer the tag over the glassine sleeve. Fold the ribbon in half, thread the looped end through the holes and loop the tails back through the folded loop. Trim the ends on an angle.


Charmed Thank You Card and Wine Stopper

Supplies for Card:
Clear flat bags (to fit card)
4” X 6” Folded Card
3” X 5” Flat Card
8” piece of ribbon
Pewter Charm (significant to the bride and groom)
Hole Punch (small diameter)
Glue Stick

1. Print the bride and grooms initial on the lower portion of the 3” X 5” card.

2. Print or handwrite a thank you note in the inside of the 4” X 6” folded card. You can also include a note about the significance of the charm. An Irish couple may choose a 4 leaf clover, if you are having a wedding at a winery you might choose a small bunch of grapes charm etc.

3. Center the flat card over the front flap of the folded card. Punch 2 holes about 1/4” apart through both the flat card and the front flap of the folded card. You should punch the holes approximately 1/2” down from the top. You can use two traditional round hole punches, or you can punch once with a “ribbon lace” punch that provides two slits in the card.

4. Thread the ribbon through the holes, lacing the smaller card to the larger card, and tie on a charm. Trim the ends of the ribbon.

5. Slide the card into the clear flap envelope and seal the back.

Supplies for Wine Stopper:
Wine cork
Decorative drawer pull
Craft drill
Decorative metal initial—found in the scrap booking section of craft stores
Thin wire-edged ribbon
Hole punch
Oval punch

1. Drill a hole into the center top of the cork. Make sure the hole is slightly larger than the stem of the drawer pull.

2. Screw until the pull is secure with a screwdriver.

3. Punch an oval of cardstock and punch with a hole punch. Attach a metal initial—a monogram—with ribbon, backed by the cardstock oval. Alternatively, you could thread the oval and letter on a scrapbooking metal curly-q. Curl the ends of the wire-edged ribbon.

Quick Cookie Packaging

Large homemade, bakers, or grocery store cookies
Clear cookie bags – flat

1. Place the large cookie in the bag.

2. Cut a square of cardstock the same width as the opening of the plastic bag. Print the lower half of the card with the couple’s names. Flip the square and print with a saying or other text, oriented through the printer so that this text is upside down relative to the couple’s names.

3. Fold the cardstock square in half and sandwich the cookie bag. Staple twice across the bottom of the tag. Now the text is right side up on both sides!

Bubble Bottle Makeover
bubble bottles
scrap paper
glue stick

1. Trim the papers to fit around the bottles. Use punches to create decorative shapes. Attach to the bottle with a glue stick.

2. Tie ribbons around the neck and add additional embellishments if desired.

Sea Shell Soy Candles From the Microwave

Paper or paper bags
Soy wax pellets
Wick and metal wick holder (both available at craft stores)
Disposable pipettes—available at candle- and soap-making stores on-line
Small dish
Old knife
Tulle Circles
Sea-themed die-cut
Rub-on letters


1. Choose your shells — the ones with deeper cavities will hold more wax and burn the longest. Clean them in a mild solution of water and bleach, and rinse with cold water.

2. Crumple paper or a paper bag and put in a bowl. Place the shell on the crumpled paper and arrange it so that it is flat. This will stabilize the shell while you are pouring wax.

3. Place the wick with pre-attached metal wick holders, which are great for shallow vessels — into the center of the shell.

4. Melt soy wax in the microwave, per the package instructions. Use the disposable pipette-to-pipette wax in to the shell.

5. Allow the wax to cool for at least 30 minutes — although the surface may look hard sooner, the wax underneath takes this long to fully harden. Trim wicks.

6. Choose a sea-themed die-cut. Rub-on an initial. The back of a paintbrush or a popsicle stick can be used to rub the letter.Place the candle in the center of a tulle circle, wrap the candle and attach the monogrammed die-cut with a ribbon.

Message in a Bottle

Sand—in different natural-toned colors
Small sauce-sized bottle
Tiny shells
Small pearl beads
Sticker paper
Printed poem or “Thank You” note on parchment paper

1. Add a few spoonfuls of sand to the bottle—you can layer different natural-tone colors and a few shells and/or pearls into the bottle.

2. Print small rectangle labels with the couple’s names and an image on sticker paper. Stick to the bottle.

3. Trim the printed poem or thank you to the appropriate size for the bottle. Scroll the printed poem—you can use a pencil to roll it.

4. Place the scroll halfway into the bottle. Tie the neck of the bottle with a decorative ribbon.


Hot Coco To Go

Large tub or bowl
1 pound cocoa (4 cups)
2 pounds granulated sugar (4 cups)
6 pounds dry milk (15 cups)
1-teaspoon salt
Small plastic zip top bag
Muslin parts bags
Iron-on transfer paper
Ink jet printer
Small printed cocoa instructions note

1. Sift cocoa, if necessary. Mix with sugar, dry milk and salt.

2. Transfer a scoop into a small plastic bag and seal with a tie.

3. Design and print your image to transfer on a computer and ink jet printer. Reverse any text if necessary, as indicated on the transfer paper instructions. Trim the edges of the transfer if needed. Following the instructions on the transfer paper, iron the design to the front of the muslin parts bag.

4. Fill the bag with the plastic bag of cocoa and tie on the instructions tag. Tie a bow with the strings.

Golf Themed Wedding Favor

Golf ball
Golf tees
Small cardboard jewelry box 3” X 3”
Decorative ribbon
Craft glue
Decorative paper
Paper glue
Rit Fabric dye


1. Use craft glue to attach a decorative ribbon around the lower portion of the box.

2. Print the bride and grooms initials and the words “Fore Ever” on a piece of decorative paper. Trim the paper to 2.75” X 2.75”.

3. Center the paper over the top of the lid and glue in place using paper glue.

4. You can dye the golf balls by making a dye bath per the dye manufacturer’s instructions, and soaking the balls in the bath for approximately half an hour.

5. Fill the box with moss and place the golf ball in the center with the golf tees around the ball.

Porcelain Ornaments

Porcelain ornament blank
Embossing powder
Metallic ink
Rubber stamp
Porcelain paint pen
Spray matte sealer

1. Use a rubber stamp, metallic embossing powder and a heat gun to achieve an elegant gilded and raised effect by stamping a design onto the ornament blank. Stamp the rubber stamp using embossing ink and sprinkle embossing powder on the wet ink. Tap off excess powder. Work over a file folder so you can funnel the excess back into the embossing powder jar. Heat with the embossing or heat gun until the embossing powder has melted. The heat setting process will take longer on porcelain than it does on paper. Brush markers will give the stamped design a soft color.

2. Add a message to the back of the ornament with a porcelain paint pen. Allow to cure for 24 hours.

3. Spray the ornament with a matte-finish sealer for lasting durability. Attach a ribbon for a hanger, or epoxy a magnet to the back. Add a tag.

Make it: New Year’s Eve Centerpiece

New Year’s Eve – Candle Plate and Candle

new year's eve centerpiece

Make a New Year’s Eve Centerpiece with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge…oh and since I am a girly-girly we tossed in some feather boa trim.  psssst. Don’t tell Steve.

Matte Mod Podge
Glass plate
Chunky candle
Foam paintbrush
Scrapbook papers – 3 different styles
Decorative feathers, trims & Silk flowers
Hot glue
Sticky back “new year” rhinestones


1. Trace around the plate onto a piece of scrapbook paper. (leave a little extra for overhang – this will be trimmed later). Cut out the design. Apply mod podge to the back of the plate and to both side of the cut paper. Place the paper design side down on the back of the plate. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Allow to dry.

2. Cut a second piece of scrapbook paper to fit the top-inside of the plate. Apply Mod Podge to the back and front of the paper. Position the paper in the center of the plate, press out any air bubbles with you fingers and smooth your brush strokes. Allow to dry and hot glue decorative trim around the edge of the paper.

3. Hot glue decorative trim around the outer edge of the plate. Add a flower to one corner and apply the “new year” stickers across the top of the plate.

4. Trim the last piece of scrapbook paper to fit around the candle. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the paper. Wrap the paper around the candle, hold into position. Apply more Mod Podge to topcoat over the design.

make it: Copper Mesh Tea Lights

wire mesh tea lights

Copper Mesh Votive Holders
This mini craft can be whipped in just a few minutes. They look beautiful placed around a Thanksgiving table or across a mantel. The copper wire mesh is available at most craft stores and comes in a roll.

copper wire mesh
work gloves
tin snips
24-gauge wire
wire cutters
round nose pliers
glass beads
small glass votive holder

1. Cut a square of copper mesh about 6 inches on each side.

2. Center the votive holder on the wire mesh and fold the mesh up around the votive holder as desired. Press the mesh to crease it and hold the shape. Remove the votive holder.

3. Cut a long piece of wire and make a loop in one end. Thread one or two glass beds onto the wire and wrap the wire around the mesh several times, adding beads as desired. At the end of the wire, thread on one or two beads. Either tuck the excess wire into the mesh or make a loop to hold the beads and twist the two beaded ends together. Insert a tea light.

make it: Orange and Clove Candle Holders

Orange & Clove Candle Holders

Nothing smells better than oranges and gloves.  The candle warms up any space and the orange and clove give off a delicate spicy scent.

thick-skinned oranges or grapefruits
paring knife
mellon baller
metal tea light

1. Cut a hole in the fruit that’s slightly larger than the diameter of the tea light. Use a knife to gently trace and carve out the area where the tea light will sit.
2. Use the melon baller to remove bits of fruit and create a well for the candle to sit.
2. Place a tea light in the well and press cloves into the skin to release the aromatic oils of the fruit and spice. If the fruit is thick-skinned, use a toothpick or a bamboo skewer to make the initial opening before inserting cloves.