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Handmade candles remain a popular craft item.

They are not only beautiful but also make a versatile decoration.  As well as being highly decorative, candles also have a practical use, for example they are great for creating mood lighting, especially on a dark winter’s evening.

An organza bag is an elegant packaging option for candles

An organza bag is an elegant packaging option for candles

Decorative packaging perfect for displaying candles!

If you are looking to display your handmade candles, e.g. in a shop widow then the best packaging option is an organza bag.  This unique, transparent fabric has a shiny appearance yet is thin enough to not distract from the candle too much.  However, it remains strong enough to protect the candle.  The fabric creates an instant luxury feel over other packaging options, such as cellophane.  To make handmade candles look really impressive once packaged, other decorative items can be added to the bag, such as flower petals, dried fruits or decorative cystals.  If you are packaging scented candles, try matching the contents on the gift bags to the scent of the candle to create more of an impact.  Alteratively, coffee beans or sea shells can bring a unique decorative element.

Bags also blend in perfectly as Christmas decorations

Bags also blend in perfectly as Christmas decorations

How to present handmade candles as a gift?

Handmade candles are beautiful and can be real works of art!  For this reason, they deserve to be presented beautifully.  What if you want to give one as a gift and would like it to remain a surprise?  For this, the best option is to choose a bag made from opaque fabric.  We have plenty of gift bags to choose from, to suit your style, for example jute, linen or denim are all popular choices.  We even offer a printing service, allowing you to choose a print which will match the decorations or scents in the candle.

What type of bags are best for different candles?

If you are struggling to decide how best to package a candle which is decorated with flowers, then one option is to choose a colour to match the flower petals.  The colour coordinated look will look incredibly stylish.  If you want to go one step further, why not opt for gift bags featuring a matching floral print to the flowers set in your candles?

Beeswax candles can be molded in to decorative shapes, yet the simplicity of the natural ingredient remains. Candles made out of natural beeswax look stunning in bags made from rustic fabrics, think jute, linen and cotton bags in earthy tones.

A jute bag is a decorative in itself

A jute bag is a decorative in itself

Carved, decorative candles tend to look best in organza bags, due to being able to see the intricate detailing through the transparent fabric. Opting for an organza bag allows you to be truly creative over conventional packaging such as cellophane, thanks to the array of attractive colours available.

Bags are perfectly matched for handmade candles

Bags are perfectly matched for handmade candles

What type of packaging is best for decorative candles in glass or ceramic dishes? Candles which are presented in glasses, jars or cups already have some functional packaging, however to enhance their beauty, place the candles in a transparent, organza bag.  To really create the wow factor, opt for a colour of gift bag which matches the colour of the wax or some of the decorative elements to look most effective.

DIY candles, the perfect cost effective decoration suitable for every season

By using large, handmade cylindrical candles or block candles, these can become centerpieces for seasonal decorations.  The larger size make them each to enhance with decorative items, such as ribbon.  Another option is to gently warm the candles to be able to place small decorations of your choice directly on to the wax.  Once the decorative candle is complete, simply place in a large glass vase to display it and place in an open fabric bag for your very own DIY candle holder!  These are great to make if you enjoy crafts and make the perfect gift for loved ones!  You can make new decorations for each season.  Here we have put together some inspirational ideas for decorating your own DIY candles.

Decorative candles for spring and DIY Easter decorations

Spring is a beautiful time of year when nature is waking up after a long winter.  As beautiful flowers are popping up all over, why not incorporate some when decorating your candles.  Fresh or dried flowers can be embedded in to the wax to create a work of art.  For a truly natural theme complete the look by decorating with moss, bark and willow branches, or even feathers or Easter themed items.   You don’t have to over-complicate things, simple decorations such as a ribbon around the candle with a flower tucked behind it can look stunning.

Bags are the perfect packaging for every occasion

Bags are the perfect packaging for every occasion

Summer decoration ideas, including candles decorated with shells

To really capture a sense of summer, nautical style gel candles with decorative items set in them are a popular choice.  Why not try them for yourself?  Find a suitable glass container and fill the bottom with sand, carefully place the wick then fill the jar with gel wax.  Before the wax has completely set, push your chosen decorative items such as shells in to the mixture.  This style of candle will instantly remind you of your holiday and bring back happy memories. An alternative idea is to use crops for summer decorations, a candle decorated with ears of cereal can look tasteful and remind you of long, hot summers.

Create an autumnal feel by decorating candles with leaves, bark and cinnamon sticks

When decorating candles to burn on long autumn evenings, use the treasures of nature that you find out on walks.   For example, make your own creation with dried leaves, bark and pine cones!  If you don’t fancy going outside to find your decoration then explore your kitchen, cinnamon sticks, coffee beans and star anise can work just was well.

Inspiration for DIY winter candles and Christmas candles

When creating handmade Christmas candles, you can incorporate a variety of Christmas decorations, such as miniature baubles.  Alternatively, dried orange attached to a strip of jute and wrapped around the candle with a cinnamon stick can look and smell a delight!

Christmas bags create a festive atmosphere

Christmas bags create a festive atmosphere

Inspirational ideas for decorations using handmade candles

Finally, we have put together some unique and inspirational ideas for using candles as decorations in your home.

Bags are perfect for other occasions too

Bags are perfect for other occasions too

  • Decorative candles look beautiful as a finishing touch in a living room, especially scented candles as they fill the room with a lovely smell while looking stunning and can even tie in with the décor. Depending on the style and décor of your home, you can opt for a style of candle to suit your design scheme.  If your home is modern, you can decorate candles with shiny crystals or for a more romantic feel, place white candles in jars with a lace ribbon tied around.  For a creative way to decorate a glass candle holder, place inside a low jute pouch, this will act as the candle pad and also protect the surface the candle will sit on.
  • Decorative candles can also be used in the bathroom.  They can instantly create a sense of calm and relaxation as well as feeling like a luxury spa!  If you are looking to create bathroom decorations, gel candles tend to be the most obvious choice for a marine look, while large white candle create an effortlessly luxurious look.  Scented candles can also help with creating a serene space in your home.  It is best to choose candles which complement the colour of your bathroom or tie in with other decorative items such as towels or jars of bath salts.  Candles really are a versatile decoration which can be functional as well as decorative.
An organza bag can also be packaging for a candle holder

An organza bag can also be packaging for a candle holder

  • Create table centerpieces with decorative candles for all occasions. To create a stunning table centerpiece using candles, one option is to place a number of smaller candles in to a holder, such as a glass vase.  For a special occasion, create one larger table decoration for more visual impact.  For example, create a rustic look using a tree trunk slice to place candles on or create a seasonal wreath with a candle in the middle.  A wreath can work well for all occasions, from Christmas through to Easter.

    Where can I buy fabric gift bags to package handmade candles in?

Check out the wide range we have available on our website.  We offer a variety of bag designs, in an array of colours and sizes.  Within our impressive range, you will find classic organza, linen and jute bags, as well as eye-catching gold and silver metallic bags.  We even offer fashionable denim pouches!

We can also personalise the bags for you.  We can print your design, message or logo on any of our bags!  Get in touch to find out more.