How to make personalized photo candles

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How to make personalized photo candles
Add a photo to a candle for a special, personal gift. (candle image by Fotocie from

A homemade photo candle makes a personalised piece of home decor, as well as a lovely gift for friends and family. Just pick a beloved picture, put it on a candle and you'll have an appealing, one-of-a-kind creation you. Use different shapes and sizes of candles and photos, and add ribbons, stickers or other embellishments to further personalise your photo candle.

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Things you need

  • Vellum paper
  • White candle
  • Waxed paper
  • Heat gun or blow dryer
  • Ribbons, stickers or other embellishments

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  1. 1

    Print a copy of your photo on vellum paper, which you can find at any craft store. Cut the picture as you wish, making sure it will fit on your candle.

  2. 2

    Place the photo on the candle in the position of your choice.

  3. 3

    Wrap the waxed paper carefully around the candle and photo. Ensure that the waxed side of the paper is facing the photograph. Pull it taut.

  4. 4

    Heat the photo through the waxed paper covering, using either a hair dryer or a heating gun. Blow the heat, set on high, all around the edges and surface of the photo for about 10 to 15 seconds.

  5. 5

    Peel the waxed paper off of the photo and make sure the photo is anchored to the candle. If it is not, repeat Step 4 until the photo is securely attached to the candle.

  6. 6

    Decorate your candle by tying ribbons around it, placing stickers on it or inserting rhinestones into it.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when using the heat gun or blow dryer, especially if kids are helping you with this project.

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