A good friend introduced me to the wonders of Ivory soap and its many uses outside of cleaning when we first lived here. It was something I hadn't come across growing up in the U.K, so sorry if you are trying to recreate this out of the States. (If anyone knows what you would use out of the U.S please post in comments.)
This project requires Ivory Laundry Snow Soap Powder, you can pick it up in most grocery stores but heres an Amazon link if you need it.
You will need:
Ivory Snow Laundry Soap
Glitter and Sequins (Optional)
To begin mix about 1/2 cup of the ivory soap with a little water, you will want to add the water slowly and stir to form a thick paste. Add more water or soap as needed. Once it is the right consistency roll the outside of your candle in the mixture.
Once the outside is well covered you can sprinkle with glitter and add any other decorations you have. Sequins, sparkles, shells, beads, at Christmas we add Pine and Holly sprigs or tiny pinecones.
You are done, leave upright on a plate to dry, it doesn't take long.
Beautiful and oh so simple, the best bit is all the mess is soap which makes clean up easy. I have made these at class parties as young as PreK, today was due to be in E's class but as she is still home sick we got to do it 'just us' instead.
Always remember to never leave a lit candle unattended.