How to Make Candle Labels

Updated November 21, 2016

Almost everyone enjoys candles, especially in our favourite scents. They are a great gift, and it is easy to personalise them. In addition, making your own candles can be a great hobby or a profitable small home business. However, there is always a risk of fire with candles. Whether you choose to make your own candles or simply wish to personalise a store-bought candle, you should ensure that every candle has an appropriate safety label in addition to decorative labels.

Determine the size of your label and what information or picture you want to include on it.

Print the desired design or personalisation onto the coated paper stock. Alternatively, you can write your message by hand with a good quality pen or marker.

Cut out the candle label.

Brush a small amount of découpage medium onto the candle in the area where the label will go.

Brush a small amount of découpage medium onto the back of the candle label.

Carefully place the label onto the candle, smoothing out wrinkles or bubbles as you go. Allow label to dry completely before burning candle.


The best place for warning or safety labels is on the bottom of the candle, as they are less likely to be removed or burnt. When personalising a store-bought candle, remove other labels (not the safety label) instead of covering them.


Most découpage mediums are flammable when wet--allow to dry thoroughly before lighting the candle!

Things You'll Need

  • Coated paper stock
  • Ink jet printer (or good quality pen/marker)
  • Découpage medium (or craft adhesive specifically for candles)
  • Small paint brush
  • Scissors
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