How to Make a Commemorative Wedding Candle

Written by joyce kelley-ellis
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Candles make for great gifts, and turning an ordinary candle into a personalised gift by decorating a candle to commemorate a wedding or any other occasion makes the gift even more special. Pillar candles are thick and free-standing. Some pillar candles have more than one wick to help make certain it burns evenly. The customary shapes of a pillar candle are round, but are available in other shapes. Square and hexagonal shapes are pillar candles that have designs etched into the side or decorated with flowers, cards or photos.

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Things you need

  • Pillar candle
  • Artificial flowers
  • Wedding invitation
  • Decorative ribbon (optional)
  • Decorative charms (optional)
  • Paraffin wax
  • Old coffee can
  • Pan
  • Solid fireproof surface.
  • Photo of the bride and groom (optional)
  • White glue
  • Small caft paintbrush
  • Gift box
  • Tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap

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  1. 1

    Tear the wedding invitation in half, personal information on one piece and outer cover on the other half. Carefully tear around the part of the personal information intended to apply to the candle. Burning the edges of the paper is optional for a more rustic look to the candle.

  2. 2

    Make a copy of the photo of the bride and groom so as not to damage the original. Depending on the how the couple are photographed, tearing or burning around the image in either an oval or a square shape to apply to the candle.

  3. 3

    Use white glue to apply the invitation and the image onto the candle on the desired area of the candle. White glue can be applied with a small craft paintbrush to ensure glue is evenly applied. Apply other graphics or charms at this time.

  4. 4

    Place paraffin wax in the coffee can and place in a pan of water. Heat the wax on the stove until completely melted. Hold the candle by the wick and dip the candle into melted wax quickly to coat the entire candle. Repeat this step if necessary to get the desired effect.

  5. 5

    Place the completed candle on wax paper to cool. Artificial flowers and ribbons can be attached after candle has cooled. Wrap the candle with tissue paper, then wrap with bubble wrap to protect the candle and place into the gift box.

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution when handling hot paraffin wax.

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