Is it Thursday already?! Here we go. With paper bands, your possibilities are literally endless. I have just picked out a couple samples to show you today, but if you have paper, scissors (or a paper cutter is even better) and some double stick tape, you are ready to make this cylinder!
I have selected a heavier duty paper, almost card stock heavy, from Archivers. Side note, if you buy your paper from Archivers they will let you use their paper cutter for free. You may have to endure soccer moms putting together their scrapbooks, but it is worth it for a crisp, straight cut. (This paper actually has a pattern on both sides, which you will see in a few pictures.) I cut one thick band and wrapped it around. With 12x12 or 8.5x11 paper, you will have a little overlap so if you aren't good at lining seams up, cut most of it off (leaving a little overlap for the double sided tape). I didn't bother to trim this paper however.
I tried to line up the candle/water top with the top of the paper, but I didn't do a very good job. You don't want to fill the water to the top of the paper, leave about 1/2 inch to make room for the candle. Of course, you don't have to line the candle up with the paper, in fact, I think it would look cool at the top... so you can see the paper band under it...
The cool thing about this double sided paper is the versatility. Here is the other side of the paper on a smaller cylinder.
Float a candle in it, fill with colored water, put some flowers inside, put a pillar candle in... there are so many options! You will notice that you can't see any tape from the inside. I use one piece of double sided tape on one end of the band (going the entire length so there aren't any gaps or puckering), which will be the top and overlap the bottom end of the band, pulling tight. This makes for easier removal too and doesn't leave tape residue on the cylinder.
Finally, congratulations Emily and Tracy who just got married are on their Italian honeymoon as we speak. They made this paper band for their invitation wrap, and we used leftover ones to put on cylinders. Another great idea inspired by this cool couple.