I just wanted to say, I am not making this project for Christmas, but I saw the flyer for it at Hobby Lobby today and almost DIED! I HAVE to have these candles! I even have the paper for them already! And they couldn't be simpler to make.
These would be great for your mom or sister. Cheap, easy, and beautiful, now that's my kind of gift! You can even try them with different scrapbook papers, different color candles (try finding them at the $1 store!!) and different types of ribbon and embellishments.
Here is the flyer from Hobby Lobby: