These DIY Faux Birch Candles are a great craft project for fall. I used pillar candles from Dollar Tree and some scrapbook paper that looks like birch wood to create some flameless candles that look like the real thing.
Supplies Faux Birch Candles
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- realistic led candles (I found mine at a dollar store)
- or original candle holders (glass) and flameless tea light candles
- birch scrapbook paper that resembles real birch bark
- x-acto knife
- hot glue gun or glue dots
- or mod podge
- foam paint brush
How to Make Birch Candles
To make my candles with a chic faux birch design I went with simple items I was able to find. I start with these flameless led candles that I found at my Dollar Tree.
Then I found some scrapbook paper that looks just like birch trees at my local Hobby Lobby.
The height of my faux candles is 4 inches, so with a 12″x12″ piece of scrapbook paper, you can make 3 candles.
I started by trimming down my scrapbook paper. I used a paper cutter to trim my paper down.
Once my paper was 4 inches tall I wrapped it around the candle to see how much excess I needed to trim off. I didn’t want the paper to overlap. Trim off the excess paper.
I used Mod Podge to attach the paper to my faux candles. Paint the outside of the candle with a thin layer of Mod Podge and then carefully place the trimmed scrapbook paper on top. I start with one edge of the paper and slowly smooth and press the paper onto the Mod Podge.
Let it dry for at least 30 minutes. Now you can place another coat of the Mod Podge on top of the paper to protect it if you want.
If you want to use a hot glue gun or glue dots you could just use it at the seam area where the edges of the scrapbook paper come together.
Once the Mod Podge and paper have dried, I used an x-acto blade to trim off the excess paper at the top, since my faux candles have a scalloped edge.
If you want to use the glass candle holders at the dollar store you can follow the same steps, just place the led tea lights inside to light them up.
I love the rustic vibe these candles give. I think they look like actual birch bark.
I’ve seen other crafters take white birch and glue it around a candle holder, to get that real look.
I find they cast some a soft warm glow. It’s great that you don’t need to worry about flame or that fear of a fire, especially with paper right there.
These DIY Faux Birch Candles make great diy gifts. Put them with a decorative pumpkin and you’ll have the perfect fall space.