How to Make Photo Candles

Updated April 17, 2017

Candles smell great, but sometimes can look a little plain. If you are looking for a way to make your candles look unique and original, you can create a candle using your favourite photographs. These candles are not only decorative, but they will add a personal and creative touch to your home decor as well. These candles look great, and the best part is they don't take much time to make.

Place vellum paper in the printer paper tray. Scan the photo or photos you want to use for your candle and print out each photo on a sheet of the vellum paper. If you are putting several photos on one candle they shouldn't be more than 3 inches by 3 inches. You can combine more than one picture on one sheet of vellum.

Cut out each picture from the vellum paper and trim each photograph so that you can no longer see the vellum. Use a small piece of double stick tape on each photograph, just enough to keep the photograph from moving. Place the photos on the candle.

Cut out a piece of waxed paper 1/2-inch bigger than the diameter of the candle. Wrap the waxed paper around the candle, with the waxy side of the paper facing the candle. Make sure the waxed paper is wrapped tightly and secure it with a piece of tape.

Use a hair dryer to heat the waxed paper that is wrapped around the candle. Be sure to have the hair dryer set to high and hold it 2 to 3 inches away from the candle while heating the waxed paper. You will see the waxed paper starting to melt over the photographs and the photos will become more visible. Turn the hair dryer off when the waxed paper is melted over the entire candle.

Set the candle aside for 5 minutes, allowing the waxed paper to cool on the candle. Peel off the waxed paper and light your newly created candle.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear vellum paper
  • Photographs
  • Double stick tape
  • Waxed paper
  • Hair dryer
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