Palm Sunday is one of my favorite Sundays of the year. Going to church on this day is a tradition that I grew up with as a kid and that I never want my daughter to miss. I put her in a pretty pink dress last year, and this year it will be pastel blue. And of course there is the beautifully decorated matching candle which I decided to do myself this year.
The one foot size and above candles are hard to find, however Amazon sells them here Set of Two Hand Dipped Beeswax Tapered Candles 17-inch – White Color. Also if you are in the LA area, they sell them downtown. You could really decorate any size candle but the thin tall ones are the prettiest and easiest to decorate. I did not buy mine this year, since a friend gave it to me (so thankful).
I bought the following from Michael’s:
- Glue gun
- Fake flowers
- Glittery butterflies
To decorate the candle:
- I started off with twirling the white ribbon from the bottom to more than half way up the candle. I used the glue gun to secure the ribbon from the bottom and the top.
- I cut the stems off the fake flowers; I really did not want them to stick out from the bottom, but this is really up to you.
- I glued the flowers onto the candle with the glue gun. I tried to glue them onto the white ribbon instead of straight onto the candle. I made sure they are secure by gluing them from the bottom of the stem and the top as well.
- I did not want to glue to show. So I wrapped the bottom parts of the stems where the glue was showing with a piece of the brown ribbon. Then I made a bow and tied it. You may secure the bow with glue.
- I also put a little piece of the brown ribbon around the bottom of the candle since the white ribbon was sticking out slightly due to the twirling.
- Finally, I stuck the butterfly (which has a clip from the back) in the middle of the bow.
I am so pleased with it especially since it is my first DIY project in a while. If you have this tradition too, I recommend decorating the candle for your kids yourself. It is really easier than you think, and definitely much more satisfactory.
Please note that you can use olive leaves instead of flowers (maybe for a boy), you can also use the tulle, other decorations with a stem, or any other motifs. I just walked around Michael’s isles for inspiration, the possibilities are endless.
If you do decide to DIY and post a picture on Instagram, please tag me. I would love to see it!