How to Put a Picture on a Candle with Wax Paper

How to put a picture on a candle with wax paper

DIY Personalized Candles

My grandfather has always been a shutterbug and even though he isn’t a professional or even a hobbyist, he’s always lugged a camera around with him. So, I learned to value photography very early in life and use it to capture moments that I want to remember.

For Mother’s Day, I decided I wanted to give my grandmother a photography gift. But, I didn’t want to just hand her a framed photo. My friend showed me the candle project she did, and I loved it so much that I decided to recreate it and gift it to her on Mother’s Day. Here’s how to make your own…

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The first few steps are exactly like the ones in our DIY Photo Shrinky Dink project.

Step 1. Start by picking the photo you want to work with and prepping your paper.

All you need to do is to take a piece of white tissue paper and cut it so that it’s just a bit larger than a plain piece of printer paper. Then, fold over and tape the excess tissue paper to the back of your printer paper.

Taping the white tissue paper to the paper

Step 2. Print your image onto the tissue paper.

Once your paper is taped, place it into your printer so that the tissue paper is the side that gets printed on. *Make sure to set your printer paper properties on transparency film! This setting prints perfectly on tissue paper!

Photo on tissue paper

Step 3. Trim the image.

Remove the tissue paper from the printer paper and trim your image. I did not want to use the entire image so I trimmed the background away.

Trimming the picture before placing it on the candle

Step 4. Place the image onto the candle.

Once your image is trimmed the way that you desire, place it onto your pillar candle ink side up. My tissue paper had a bit of static in it so it stayed in place on my candle and I could place it exactly as I wanted it without too much of a problem.

When your image is placed where you’d like it to remain, take a piece of wax paper and wrap it around your candle, with the waxy side touching the tissue paper. *Having a bit of extra wax paper allows you to grab the slack and use it as a holder of sorts which will benefit you in the next step.

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Step 5. Heat the wax paper.

Now, take your heating tool and gently heat the wax paper. It will begin to melt over your image.

Candle transfer wax paper

Step 6. Continue heating.

Don’t let go of the excess wax paper on the back of the candle when you’re melting your wax paper. I just did that so I had a hand to take a picture

Once the wax paper begins to melt, you will begin to see your image come through the paper clearly. Stop heating once you see this happen.

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Step 7. Peel the wax paper away.

Now, slowly peel the wax paper away from the candle. That’s it! Your image should be fully transferred!

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Final Thoughts

See how simple that was?! If you happen to see any bits of wax sticking up, use your finger to lightly pat down (or wipe away) the flakes.

I hope you enjoy making these candle image transfers yourself! They’re a great way to commemorate special occasions!

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How to Put a Picture on a Candle with Wax Paper

Ingredients

  • Pillar Candle
  • Photo
  • Printer
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Plain Printer Paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper
  • Heating tool

Instructions

  1. Pick the photo you want to work with and prep your paper.
  2. Place a piece of white tissue paper and cut it so that it's just a bit larger than a plain piece of printer paper. Fold over and tape the excess tissue paper to the back of your printer paper. Place it into your printer so that the tissue paper is the side that gets printed on. *Make sure to set your printer paper properties on transparency film! This setting prints perfectly on tissue paper!
  3. Remove the tissue paper from the printer paper and trim your image.
  4. Place the image onto your pillar candle ink side up.
  5. Take a piece of wax paper (larger than your candle) and wrap it around your candle, with the waxy side touching the tissue paper. Use the excess wax paper as a place to grab on to so you can hold the wax paper on the entire time.
  6. Use heating tool and gently heat the wax paper so it melts over your image.
  7. Once you see your image come through the paper clearly, stop heating and slowly peel the wax paper away from the candle.
  8. If you happen to see any bits of wax sticking up, use your finger to lightly pat down (or wipe away) the flakes.
Types: Art, Crafts, Adult
Categories: Decoration, Frugal, Gift, Home, Inside The House, Christmas, Mothers Day

Comments

  • Diane

    Question what side of the waxed paper do you use or does it not matter?
    Other questions do the results turn out on any color candled? I have some I got that are a cranberry color and with that said I would like to do some for Christmas favors for the ladies. Then I would add members that have passed to their candles. D

  • Diane

    I see you never replied. I have a few questions above. Help please.

    • Cathy Yoder

      Hi Diane, sorry about that! The original author of this post from years ago is no longer here and I guess my team missed your question last year! You’ll definately want the waxy side of the wax paper touching the image. As far as using your dark candles, I’m not sure that you’d be able to see the image on them. Since the image is more transparent when printed on tissue paper, if you put that over a dark colored candle, I don’t think it will show up as well. I think you’d be much happier with the results if you did white or ivory colored candles. Let me know how it turns out! It sounds like a beautiful gift idea for your friends!

  • Kayla

    As far as tissue paper goes, just regular gift wrap tissue paper? And just 1 layer? Yalls looks really thick

    • Cathy Yoder

      Yep, just tissue paper… one layer. Some of the cheaper stuff is super thin, so you might want to get slightly nicer tissue paper. Good luck!

  • Kathryn Oviatt

    Question: does the printer have to be inkjet or would a laser printed image work too?

  • Betty

    Could you use a hairdryer as a heating tool?

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