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 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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