DIY WEDDING CHALLENGE: Memorial Candles
This is a very simple, sweet yet not too over the top project that helps to remember those that could not be there to share in your special day.
- Ink jet vellum
- Glass cylinders
- Double stick tape/adhesive
In Word, set your paper dimensions to the size you need depending on how tall/short your cylinders are. Most cylinders will accommodate a regular 8.5x11 sheet of velum on landscape. Add text to your design and possibly even a picture of those who you'd like to honor.
After finishing your design, perform a test run on regular paper and put it around your cylinder so you know for sure that its exactly how you want it. When you've finalized your design, print it on the ink jet vellum (you can find vellum at your local scrapbook store, Michael's or JoAnn's).
Before permanently adhering the vellum around the cylinder, double-check the height of your vellum and if needed trim any extra with a paper cutter or scissors. Using double-stick tape or adhesive, line one edge of the 8.5" side of the vellum. Wrap around the cylinder and secure.
Next, take the ribbon and wrap around the bottom of the cylinder to measure how much you will need. Cut and place on the table. Using your double-stick tape or adhesive, apply a strip the length of the ribbon. Adhere the ribbon to the bottom of the cylinder and secure at the back. Repeat this process if you'd like to put ribbon at the top as well.
Put a votive candle or LED light in each. Do not use a tall candle as this will not illuminate the entire cylinder.
As a little something extra, as done in my own ceremony, you can add the following verbiage to your programs or a frame next to the candles:
In Loving Memory
Today, candles are lit to remember those who left us too soon, but not before gracing us with special memories only they could create. They have helped shape our character, mold our spirits and touch our hearts. We know that they are with us in thought and in spirit today and always. We love them and miss them very much.