Michelle Sessions DiFranco | Photography by Phillip Shippert
A couple of years ago, my brother-in-law’s father passed away. Shortly thereafter, at Christmas, my parents gave him a memorial candle as a special gift for remembering and praying for his father. This beautiful candle, in a polished wooden case, came with an engraved prayer. My brother-in-law, sister and their daughter have made it a custom to light that candle at every holiday and on the anniversary of his death, and pray that prayer in remembrance of him.
Well, the overpriced gift shop memorial candle is very nice, but those who know me know that my motto is, ‘Don’t buy it, make it.’ So here is a simple project you could do amid eating turkey, ordering gifts online and decorating the tree. It is something you can make to remember a loved one who has died or give as a gift to someone who recently lost a loved one.
For this project, you will need:
A cylinder-shaped glass candleholder about four inches in height
One package of glass pebbles
One three-inch pillar candle
A couple of containers of glass paint, in various colors
One package of small brads (These are typically used in card-making and scrapbooking and can be found at an arts-and-crafts store.)
Begin by painting the name of a person, date of death, or any message on the outside of the glass candleholder. Add any other graphic elements of choice around the painted text. Set aside and let dry. Push the pointed end of several brads into the pillar candle to create a decorative banding. Set candle aside. Lastly, pour the glass pebbles into the painted candleholder and place candle inside.
Personalize the candle itself by using letter brads to spell out name.
For a more traditional look, use a smaller glass hurricane candle holder and tie a ribbon around the top.
Wrap entire project in cellophane, tie with a ribbon and give as a gift.en for an alternate way to spell out the words, ‘thank you.’