How to Make Candle Labels

Written by carolyn kay neeley
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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.

Skill level:

Things you 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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Cut out the candle label.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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!

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