First step is to cut out a long piece of parchment paper. Mines was about 1 and half feet long. Then decorate, try not to get really waxy paper as it will be hard to decorate. After done wrap the paper around and either staple or tape it into place. Add ribbon or string to hang it and for the bottom to hold in the candle I use a coffee filter and just glued it into place. We also did not use real candles.