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Hymnal Page Candles

These cute hymnal page candles are so easy to make! All you need is an old hymnal and a battery-powered tealight candle!

hymnal page candles

Last week I shared with you my farmhouse candle holders that I made using my homemade chalk paint. And I promised you I’d show you how to make the candles.

These hymnal page candles are so easy to make! It will work with any type of book page, too. I think it would look really cool with a map, too. Maybe use a map from your favorite vacation place?

Anyway, let me show you how I made these hymnal page candles. Watch out for the crazy fail during all of this.

How to make hymnal page candles

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What you need

  • Hymnal page or a page from any book
  • Battery-powered tealight candle (I got mine at Dollar Tree)

What you do

When my mom was packing up her stuff last year before they moved, she came across an old hymnal in her box of books. When she gave it to me all these memories came flooding back.

old hymnal

As a child, my step-sister and I used to play school with that hymnal. We would assign each stuffed animal “student” a song and they would have to sing it for a grade.

I was flipping through the pages of the hymnal and inside we had written each “student’s” name next to their song. We even had a concert! Those were the good old days.

Step 1

I tore a page out of the hymnal and wrapped it around the tealight to see if it fit. It was just right, but there was only a slight bit of overlap so I had to tape the edges together.

Step 2

The next thing I did was burn the top end of the paper because I love that old rustic look.

Here’s where the fail comes.

I burned the paper that was already taped together first. BIG mistake. That thing flamed up quickly and I could barely put the flame out! Then I had ashes all over my sink and kitchen counter. Learn from me and don’t do that. (At least I was smart enough to hold it over the sink, though!)

The best way to burn the edges of your paper is to keep the paper straight and not folded. This works so much better and you can control the flame more.

Step 3

After the page had burned down to the length I wanted, I wrapped it around the tealight candle and taped the edges together. Then I placed them on the candle holders.

See how I made the candle holders here!

hymnal page candles

That’s all there is to it!

Hymnal page candles are so easy to make. And they’re so pretty when they’re lit at night.

hymnal page candles

Will you be making your own hymnal page candles?

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Thank you for sharing!
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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Thanks for sharing the easy DIY, and I love using pages from an old hymnal! Happy Wednesday!

    1. Thank you! They’re so easy to make, too. πŸ™‚ I hope you have a happy Wednesday, too!

  2. Love this idea. It looks real pretty.

    1. Thank you so much!

  3. Great candles, and fun to read about how to used the hymnal with your ‘students’.
    I like the message on the picture between the lit candles. 😁

    1. Thank you! We used to have so much fun using our imagination when we were little. πŸ˜€
      When I saw that picture I just had to buy it!! πŸ˜€

      1. Thanks, Michelle, that picture made me smile.πŸ€—

  4. Susan says:

    I have a question: Don’t the burnt edges of page crumble?

    1. They do a little, but I blew on it as it was burning and didn’t let it burn long. That kept it from crumbling, but there were a few ashes that flew off.

  5. Your candle sticks with the hymnal page candles are perfect together! What a simple and beautiful idea!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

  6. Michelle, those are so cool! I love them!!! πŸ’œ

    1. Thank you so much!

  7. Wow! They are beautiful! What an amazing idea! Love, love, love! ❀️❀️❀️

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  8. I just nominated you for the Vincent Ehindero award. Feel free to accept it β™₯β™₯

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

      1. My pleasureβ™₯β™₯

  9. Thank goodness you put the flames out!!

    Very pretty result. Well done 😊

    1. Right? Needless to say, I learned my lesson. πŸ˜‰ Thank you!!

  10. Beautiful! And what a great personal gift – you can use the recipient’s favorite hymns. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! Using a personal hymn as a gift is a wonderful idea!!

  11. These are so fantastic, Michelle and I can’t believe how easy they are to make too. I love it that you guys had your stuffed animals singing in a concert. That is awesome. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much! We had a lot of fun when we were little – way back before computers and cell phones. πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful day!

  12. I love this idea Michelle and memories you shared. If I were going to burn the edges of the paper I might try moistening the part that I didn’t want burned by using a spray bottle with water.

    1. Thank you so much!
      That’s such a great tip. I’ll keep that in mind next time. Thank you for sharing that with me! πŸ™‚

      1. Sharing ideas is what makes blogging great isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  13. That is so cool. I love your crafts so much and I really want to try some of these in our new house!

    1. Thank you so much! Just don’t almost set the sink on fire like I did! LOL! I’d love to see them if you get to make some!

      1. I will totally set the sink on fire. I’m very good at epic fails.

        1. I’m glad it’s not just me! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  14. Michelle, you are have such a brilliant brain. You are amazing. Creating those candles out of nothing is really impressive!!! Love it.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed them! πŸ™‚

  15. I can’t get over how creative these are, Michelle! Honest to goodness, your DIY talents never cease to amaze me. So glad you started this blog & shared all of these projects with us!

    Love your idea of using an old map too. Especially to a destination that holds personal meaning for you or a couple. What a sweet idea! It could make for a really great housewarming gift for newlyweds too. Don’t you think?

    Absolutely beautiful. Keep it up my friend. You’ve got a gift that should definitely be shared with the world! β™₯

    1. Aww, thank you!!
      I love the idea of using a map as a housewarming gift for newlyweds. That’s such a sweet idea!
      Thank you so much for your kind words!

  16. Great idea, so easy to make, thank you xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! They are really easy to make. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!

  17. Perfect candles for those beautiful candle holders. Great tutorial.

    1. Thank you so much!

  18. What a cute idea!

    1. Thank you so much!

  19. My pleasureβ™₯β™₯

  20. Wow that is insanely easy! I definitely didn’t think they’d be that easy!

    1. They are super easy! πŸ˜€

  21. your failure sounds just like something I would do – thanks for the warning. Love the page candles and wish I could have played with you as a child. Love the idea of dolls singing a hymn.

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! We had some great times as kids. I’m sure we would have had a lot of fun together, too. πŸ™‚

  22. Oh Michelle! I just love the story about you and your β€œstudents” and the history behind the hymnal!! I also love how you took a piece of that special book and created something for all to enjoy!! ❀️

    1. Thank you! We had so much fun when we were kids playing school with our stuffed animals. I’m glad you enjoyed this! πŸ™‚

  23. Such a lovely DIY. Thanks for sharing this ma’am. ❀

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ€—β€

  24. This is so super cute! Love this idea!!

    1. Thank you so much!

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