This will be the first in a series about henna crafts. Sometimes after a festival or party we have extra henna left over. We don’t want to use it again on skin because it is not at its peak, but we don’t want to throw it away either. Solution? Use it for craft projects!
Our first craft project will be henna on candles. Henna on candles can make a great gift and a be a big seller for the right crowd. They make nice centerpieces and favors at wedding receptions and parties.
The first thing you need to do is select the right candle. We always want to look for the best price, but stay away from the super cheap choices. They break easily and the wax chips off with a small bump. Find a good quality candle in a color that is light enough to show contrast.
The next step is the most fun. Henna your candle! It may take a little getting used to applying henna on a waxy smooth surface, but you’ll get the hang of it. The best part is, that if you make a mistake its very easy to just wipe it off and start again. When you are done with your design, and the henna is dry it is time to seal the henna to the candle.
Sealing henna to a candle can be done in a couple of different ways. The first way that is sometimes recommended is to apply a coat of Mod Podge. Mod Podge is a craft glue commonly used for decoupage. The pro of using Mod Podge is that it is easy to apply and readily available. The con is that it attracts lots of dust to the candle and makes your candle unsafe to burn! The second way to seal your candle is to dip it in melted paraffin wax. This can be accomplished my melting canning wax (paraffin wax) in a double boiler and quickly dipping the henna’d candle in to create a thin coat of transparent wax. The dipping method is far superior, because you then have a candle that can actually be used as candles are intended, and can be burned. But it can be difficult to get things just right. One of the best tricks is to melt the wax in a big empty can. You want to find something that is tall and narrow. It has to be wider and taller than the candle that you are dipping. You can hold the candle by the wick and dip it in or, if you are nervous about being able to hold the wick firmly enough you can grip it with a pair of pliers. Keep in mind that when you dip the candle the level of the wax will rise and may spill over. Use a can that is much taller than your candle, and do a test dip in just water before determining your wax levels to prevent this from happening.