How to make personalized photo candles

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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

Things You'll Need

  • Vellum paper
  • White candle
  • Waxed paper
  • Heat gun or blow dryer
  • Ribbons, stickers or other embellishments
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Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.