DIY UnItY Candles

When I added DIY to the front of Unity, all I could think of removing the n and t – DIY UIY. I’m pronouncing it Dooey Yooey in my head. Carry on.

I’ve seen the tradition at most weddings I’ve been to and didn’t question keeping it for a moment. Lamber-manner-macho-man likes to say that my favorite wedding planning is “breaking the mold.” However, in this tradition, I’ve decided to let my little light shine. The symbolism is just, well, the essence of what marriage means: the joining of two into one. Amen.

AnyDIY, these are the supplies that I collected for this project:

  • 2 taper candles (I used pearlescent ones from Jo-Ann’s)
  • 1 pillar candle (also pearlescent from Jo-Ann’s with a 40% off coupon)
  • Satin ribbon (various that I had already purchased for the bouts and bouquets)
  • Vintage clip on earrings (Etsy)
  • Vintage brooch (I found the matching one on Etsy from a different seller!)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pillar candle holder (from Michael’s with a 40% off coupon)
  • Pair of candlesticks (from Michael’s with an extra 20% off entire purchase coupon)

The DIY to this is so insanely easy, it’s almost not fair.

  1. Cut a length of ribbon that will overlap itself around the candle plus .5″
  2. Clip the earrings or brooch slightly to either side of the middle of the length of ribbon. I decided not to glue the jewelry at all so that I can either reuse it or sell it later.
  3. Hot glue the backside of one side of the ribbon to the candle.
  4. Tuck the loose end slightly underneath itself to form a crease and hot glue it to the back of the candle, as well.
  5. Unity+C

    See? Overlapping and folded into a nice edge. No rocket science here.

    5. Repeat with each candle.
    6. Stick them into or on their holders. I plan on using this after the wedding in my home.

5 and 6 are really just common sense. If you can pull a trigger, you can do this project!

And here’s the finished product:


Holy overexposed unity candle, Batman! Sadly, this is what happens in my apartment after dark. The ole point’n’shoot wants to use a flash. Boo. But you get the idea.

Is there a special tradition that you’re looking forward to doing for the ceremony?

P.S. – if you need a good laugh, look up “Unity Candle” on Wikipedia. My favorite line is: “The lighting ceremony may be accompanied by special music, an explanation of the symbolism, or just some period of mutual gazing by the happy couple.” Happy “mutual gazing”!


Mrs. Lamb

Wedding Date:
January 2010
Recipe for a Rainbow
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  1. Member
    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:53 am

    What a cool and EASY DIY!

  2. Member
    pmerr 2728 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:53 am

    We’ll be doing the cord of three strands braiding at ours-& instead of unity candles we’ll be doing unity flowers-same concept but flowers & vases instead of candles

  3. frenchfries Member
    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:11 pm

    Very cute! :) I love how you used coupons for almost everything, too — a woman after my own heart.

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    Sage 728 posts, Busy bee @ 12:38 pm

    LOL – mutual gazing! I love me some mutual gazing :)

    You did a great job on this! It looks perfect!

  5. moonbeam Member
    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:42 pm

    Ha ha, mutual gazing. Great candles.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:01 pm

    haha, i love wikipedia for stuff like that. classic.

    and you did a wonderful job of the unity candles. i like them

  7. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:08 pm

    Those turned out lovely :)

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    teeleaf22 475 posts, Helper bee @ 4:03 pm

    I bought the exact same candles at Joann’s last week with coupons!! :) Love what you did with them!

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    kmattso2 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:58 pm

    Very cute!! I love the brooch and clip ons..they add a nice touch.

  10. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 5:13 pm

    Double cute!

  11. mouse Member
    Mrs. Mouse 5689 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:04 pm

    They turned out really pretty!

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:46 pm

    We better see some mutual gazing, yo! And that’s awesome – I love that you made yours – very very cool!

  13. scissors Member
    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 9:31 pm

    That’s super pretty!

  14. lamb Member
    lamb 953 posts, Busy bee @ 9:51 pm

    Thanks guys! I’m hoping our photographer gets a nice close up when we light them :)

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 10:18 pm

    how clever! love the brooches. very simple yet elegant.

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:30 am

    Lol mutual gazing…

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:20 am

    Those look awesome! Nice work :)

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:57 pm

    they turned out so pretty!

  19. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:28 pm

    Haha, mutual gazing!

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    Rachel, Guest @ 1:54 pm

    This is great! I love that you decided not to glue the jewelry, great idea. I’ll be linking to this.

  21. Guest Icon Guest
    Money Saving Monday – Unity Candles and More, Guest @ 10:18 pm

    […] A lot of people choose to do a unity candle during their wedding.  John and I did.  I can’t remember exactly how much it cost us, so I did a quick google search which turned up unity candle sets anywhere from $14 to $200!  How do you get around this if you wish to do a unity candle?  DIY of course!  Lots of resources come up when you do a search on DIY Unity candle, but here are a few I found that looked useful:  Road to the Aisle,  DIY Network, and Wedding Bee. […]

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    marci_607 590 posts, Busy bee @ 8:00 pm

    This is a wonderful idea! I never would have thought about using the earrings and brooch. I am going to have to try this now. Thank you!

  23. Guest Icon Guest
    Mine at Last: All in the Details | Weddingbee, Guest @ 7:12 pm

    […] Our DIY Unity Candles are prepped and ready. My event designer pre-burned the wicks for easy lighting during the ceremony. The candle on the far left is the lighter candle that the mothers used to light the family candles. […]

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