You guys, my friend Katie Rooprai, of Bun Bun & Monkey, bought some of my candles to give as holiday gifts and posted the picture above on Facebook and I thought it was AMAZING! She said she would be doing a couple more the next night with a different sweater and if I wanted her to share how she did it she'd take pics and write it all out - yes please! Read below for Katie's how-to:
"The idea I’m about to share with you is completely unnecessary because the Erin’s Faces Soy Candles are SO beautiful on their own. However, this time of year it seems I can’t resist a little unnecessary crafting.
I gave these “sweater sleeve candles” as teacher gifts this year to four of the most patient, loving Kindergarten and Preschool teachers. I hope they enjoy a few moments of relaxation this holiday season!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
1) One Erin’s Faces Soy Candle—I love all the scents but I think Spice is my fave.
2) One “Christmasy” sweater that you don’t mind sacrificing—I bought mine at Goodwill for $3,
but you might have something in your closet that fits the bill.
3) Scissors—sharp enough to cut fabric
4) Hot glue gun
5) Extra decorations—ribbon, twine, bells, etc.
Step 1: Measure the height of your candle. The Erin’s Faces candles are approximately 3” tall. This will help you know how long to cut your sweater piece.
Step 2: Lay out one sleeve of your sweater. Add 1.25” to the height measurement of your candle, and make a straight cut. I cut my sleeve piece 4.25” to fit the 3” tall Erin’s Faces candle.
Step 3: Slip the sweater sleeve on your candle, with the finished edge toward the top of the candle.
Step 4: Hot glue the bottom of the sweater closed. I used a simple envelope fold to do this—fold two opposite edges down, secure with a dab of glue. Fold down the other two opposite edges and secure with a dab of glue. Make sure you glue the sweater to itself, not to the candle—you want the recipient to be able to easily slide the sweater sleeve off the candle.
Tip: you’ll want to work with your sweater fabric to achieve as “flat” a bottom as possible. If your sweater is really chunky, this can be a little challenging.
Step 4: Add some extra flourishes—wrap a piece of yarn, ribbon, or string around the candle. I also strung on a few mini jingle bells.
Safety Note: The sweater sleeve is meant for decoration only. Please remove before lighting the candle."