Eek! I love Halloween! The thing is I had this huge list of projects I wanted to make, but only a handful have gotten done because a cold decided to invade my family for a couple of weeks. Ugh. Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things I decided to start tackling the easier projects. It doesn’t get much easier than this. I used my Silhouette, vellum, and printable clear sticker paper to create this Halloween candle. I though about using black adhesive vinyl for the designs, but didn’t want to spend time weeding out all the tiny little pieces. The printable clear sticker paper completely solves that problem and looks just as great. If you follow these steps you should have your own Halloween candle ready to display in no time.
Measure the area around the outside of your candle jar. In Silhouette Studio, use your measurements to create a rectangle large enough to fit around the candle jar. Cut it out of vellum.
Decide on which designs you want to use and arrange them in the rectangle. Fill the designs in with black. The designs I used are Halloween haunted house scene, spooky title, and spider web flourishes.
Click on one design at a time and create an outline by using the offset tool. For this project, I like having some space between the design and the offset line.
If you end up with lines inside your main outline you’ll want to clean them up a bit. First right click and release the compound path. Then click on the cut marks within the main outline and delete them one by one.
Do the same for the rest of your designs. Basically, you want your designs filled in with black to print and the outlines ready to cut. When they look good adjust your page orientation back to portrait and turn on your registration marks. You can get rid of the rectangle at this point. I like to arrange my designs and eliminate as much wasted space as possible. When I don’t need the full page of print and cut designs I raise the bottom inset so I can save the excess paper for later.
Flip the designs so the words and images appear backwards now, but not when they’re on the candle. Make sure the color of the lines are clear so they won’t show when printed. I like to do a print preview before I send it through to make sure everything looks as planned.
Print it on printable clear sticker paper and then cut it out with your Silhouette. Put the stickers you just created onto the vellum.
Wrap the vellum around your candle jar with the stickers facing towards the inside and tape the ends together. I stuck a flameless tea light in there because open flames and mischievous 3 year olds don’t exactly mix.
Here is the front and back of the Halloween candle in the light.
I think they look even better in the dark.
Since I don’t have a lot of room to store seasonal decorations I have to get creative or get rid of it. The great thing about using the vellum is I can untape it and store it flat for next year.