Before we get into today’s post, you should know a few things:
1. I don’t like mosquitoes and other bugs ruining my parties.
2. Insect pests love to ruin my parties. (And my legs. Apparently I have sweet blood.)
3. Most citronella candles aren’t very attractive.
4. Candlelight is almost a must for outdoor entertaining on a summer evening.
5. Gold is my favorite metal of the moment. (Oh that’s right. You already knew this.)
With all of those things in mind, I was bound and determined to find beautiful citronella candles to save my parties (and my legs) and add a little bling-inspired style to my outdoor decor.
Mission accomplished! Let me introduce you to my DIY Gold-Leafed Citronella Candles.
Goodbye ugly citronella candles. Hello gilded mosquito-repelling beauties. And don’t worry, these bad boys are a breeze to make. Let me show you!
DIY Gold-Leafed Citronella Candles
Here’s what you will need:
Citronella candles in glass jars ( I found mine at Walmart for about $2 each. They are Cutter Citro Guard.)
Gold leaf sheets
Painter’s tape (optional)
Begin by removing the label from each candle and then giving them a good cleaning.
The next step is optional. If you’d like to create a design / pattern on your candle, apply painter’s tape to any area you do not want covered with gold leaf.
Once your candle is prepared, you’re ready to apply the gilding adhesive. Using a paint brush, cover any areas where you want the gold leaf sheets to stick.
For the candle without the painter’s tape, I just spread the adhesive around the candle, purposefully skipping spots every now and then to create a mercury glass effect. If you use painter’s tape, remove it immediately after the gilding adhesive is applied.
Allow the adhesive to dry. The surface will be tacky when dry.
Next, apply the gold leaf sheets to the tacky dried adhesive. Apply as many sheets as needed.
Remove the sheets.
Then using your fingers, gently rub the gold leaf with your hands to ensure it sticks and to remove any access. If you rub a bit harder, you’ll be able to remove some of the gold leaf in areas where you may not want it.
Keep in mind that doing this treatment to glass is a bit trickier than on a more porous surface. You won’t end up with a solid gold covering, but I prefer this more chippy rustic look. However, if you want a more solid gold treatment, go over any areas where the glass shows with more adhesive. Wait for the adhesive to dry and add more gold leaf.
After that, your Gold-Leafed Citronella Candles are complete.
As you can see, this is a really quick DIY.
You can have fun creating different designs and patterns with painter’s tape to find a look to suit your space and taste.
As I mentioned above, this treatment isn’t perfect on glass, but in this case, I love the imperfections.
It’s a great way to add style to your outdoor spaces while keeping some of those pesky bugs away. Plus, who doesn’t love a good outdoor DIY?
Okay, I’m off to gold-leaf anything else I can find. Well, not really. Maybe.