Cindy Crushes Programming: DIY Encanto Candle with Faith Healy
Today I am working once again with Faith Healy to create an easy but fun craft based on the Disney movie Encanto, which is wildly popular. Below, Faith shares her inspiration, thoughts and instructions for creating a miracle candle inspired by the movie.
I follow a lot of craft websites and Miss Mandee always has some of the best designs for cutting machine projects. As a bonus, many of her designs are free to download. When I got her email about an Encanto Candle, I knew I had to do it as a craft especially since Teen Trivia: Encanto did well during the summer.
While the design is free to download, I do make little edits to the design to make it easier for me. For example Miss Mandee’s OG design has a bunch of small circles on it. It does look nice but it takes longer to cut, not to mention cleaning the mat takes longer. I want to make at least 15, and want it to go as fast as possible.
I normally use the Silhouette Cameo to do all my cutting projects. It is just the machine I learned how to do so much stuff on. I take the designs from Miss Mandee and put them in the Silhouette Studio. Using the trace tool I make the designs ready to be cut. In the Studio I can also edit what I want and don’t want. However, this time our Silhouette Machine was out of order. Luckily we just acquired a Cricut, but learning how to use that was a struggle for me. I realize on the Cricut I can’t do as many customizable things as I do on the Silhouette, but I got to work for me eventually.
I like to pre-cut all the pieces and do it a little at a time as teens sign up for it. It takes the Cricut about 10-20 minutes to cut the candle and the flame. Not including time to remove from the mat which can take an extra 10-15 minutes. So I do one when I have some free time.
I used the small candles that come in a pack of 16, but you can use the larger ones if it fits your budget. I would say the entire candle cost me $30 at most to make 16, but I bought 100 pieces of white cardstock as I tend to use it in a lot of projects.
I ended up to save on paper waste making the bottom of the candle in the same gold that the candle flames were. It just all fit nicely on 8.5 x 11 inch piece of gold cardstock so I only needed 15 pieces of white and 15 gold to make the entire candle. Plus 1 more for a sample to showcase to teens. I think it turned out great and the gold added to the light of the candle. You can always try this with different colors than white. I did offer up color pencils in case teens were feeling creative and wanted to add to the design.
- White Card Stock
- Gold Cardstock
- Yellow Tissue Paper
- Flameless Candle
- Take the white part of the outside candle and fold on all the lines so it is easier to construct.
- Lay it flat down. Using Glue (Recommend White Elmer’s), glue the yellow tissue paper to the white design. Make sure you put glue on all the little elements for the cleanest design. Leave to dry for at least 3 minutes.
- Once dry, glue the ends of the white cardstock piece together to form a circle. Press and hold for a few seconds.
- Glue the Bottom piece onto the candle. Press down gently to help adhere the pieces better.
- Glue the two flame pieces together.
- Glue the flame piece to the back candle. (Recommend using the seam side of the candle as the back. )
- Place a flameless candle inside and enjoy!
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About Cindy Shutts
Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she talks programming every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.
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