Condo Blues: Make a Painted Snowman Candle

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Make a Painted Snowman Candle

I did a little Small Business Saturday shopping at the thrift store and came home with a round candle. With a little Green DIY Diva magic, I turned it into a painted snowman candle in less than an hour.

 Hiya Frosty!

I wiped the candle down with rubbing alcohol to allow the paint adhere to the candle.

Since this is a petroleum based candle, I'm not going to burn it. It is for decorative use only.

I grabbed black and orange craft paint from my craft stash and Q-tips from the bathroom. I’m horrible at painting round dots, so I cheat and use a Q-tip.

I dipped a Q-tip cotton swab into the black paint and pressed it into the candle to make the dots for the eyes and mouth. I made the carrot shape nose by dipping a Q-tip Precision Tip sideways into the orange paint and onto the candle. I let the first coat of paint dry and went over it a second time.

 This painted snowman candle makes a good neighbor, teacher, or gift exchange gift!

You won't see the whites of Frosty's eyes since they are made out of coal. However, if he wants an iris, I can paint his eyes by using the bigger Q-Tip cotton Swab for the eye. After the paint dries, I use the same technique to make the pupil with a Q-Tip Precision Tip with another color of paint.

I know it is a disposable, but I haven’t found a good green reusable substitute for Q-tips, especially when I need to remove/touch up paint or stain on a DIY project. I try to take it in a greener direction by using Q-tips instead of the store brand because Q-Tips are cotton instead of synthetic. Q-Tips have paper shafts instead of plastic, which means Q-tips are compostable, depending upon what you use them for of course. 

In addition to providing me with samples and asking me to share favorite ways I use Q-tips products, Q-tips asked me to let you know about the new Q-tips cotton swabs Facebook page where you can enter the Q-tips Tip-a-Thon! To participate, you simply need to share the way you use Q-tips cotton swabs or Q-tips Precision Tips, and you’ll be eligible for a chance to win a $100 gift card or the $1,000 grand prize. That would buy a lot of Q-Tips! TheQ-tips Tip-a-Thon runs from now until December 15, 2011 11:59 EST. 

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Disclosure: Q-Tips provided me with samples for this post and compensation for supplies for this project.



marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

this is darling and so easy I'd love you to add it to what we wore and made party over at

Jill said...

Cute snowman - great tip about the rubbing alcohol!

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