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December 4, 2023

How to Wrap a Candle

Wrap Cylinders Like a Pro

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A wrapped candle under a Christmas tree, part of a tutorial on how to wrap a candle or cylinder.

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Materials 

  • Wrapping paper

  • Twine

  • Jingle bells

  • Tape

  • Scissors

  • Ribbon

Step 1

Measure the wrapping paper so that it goes around the cylinder. Leave about half the diameter of the cylinder at the top and bottom. If your cylinder is tapered, add an additional inch to either end. Wrap the entire cylinder.

A candle being wrapped in wrapping paper.
A candle being wrapped in wrapping paper.
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Step 2

Place the candle on its base and begin making pleats in the wrapping paper at the top of the cylinder. Repeat all the way around.

Making pleats in the wrapping paper at the top of a candle or cylinder.
Making pleats in the wrapping paper at the top of a candle or cylinder.
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Step 3

To make the final pleat, you may need to unfold the previous couple of pleats so that they lie flat. Secure with tape, and repeat the pleating process on the bottom  of the candle.

Finishing the pleats at the top of a wrapped candle or cylinder.
Finishing the pleats at the top of a wrapped candle or cylinder.
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Step 4

Center the ribbon across the top of the wrapped candle and pull it taut.

Pulling a velvet ribbon taut across the top of a wrapped candle.
Pulling a velvet ribbon taut across the top of a wrapped candle.
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Step 5

Flip the candle over, wrapping the ribbon around the entire candle. Twist at the bottom, then bring the ribbon around to the top again so that it spreads on four sides of the cylinder. Tie a bow on top of the candle.

Hands tying a velvet ribbon into a bow on top of a wrapped candle.
Hands tying a velvet ribbon into a bow on top of a wrapped candle.
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Step 6

Thread the jingle bells onto the twine or another piece of ribbon and secure to the candle by tying around the know of the existing bow.

A wrapped cylinder candle with ribbon and jingle bells on top.
A wrapped cylinder candle with ribbon and jingle bells on top.
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