How to Put Vellum on Candles

Updated July 20, 2017

Vellum is a translucent paper used by crafters and scrapbookers because it's perfect for tracing. Take a walk through the individual sheets available in a scrapbook supply store and you will find lots of beautiful vellum paper. Because you can print easily onto vellum sheets, you can make customised candles for everyone on your gift list in under an hour.

Print out the properly sized image you want on your candle, using your printer and vellum printer paper. Vellum printer paper can be found at most office supply stores and craft stores. Make sure your printer is set to print on transparency paper so the colours come out accurately.

Cut out the image along the very edges of the image you want seen on your candle. If you would like a border of plain vellum around the edge of your image, make sure to leave one when cutting your image out.

Apply a light layer of glue onto the candle where the image is going to be placed. Apply the vellum image to the glue on the candle. With the high transparency of vellum, by applying a light layer of glue to the candle instead of the vellum, gives you the best results for the glue not showing through the vellum. Set aside and allow ample time for the glue to dry.

Fill the pot with 3 to 4 inches of water and place on a burner on the stove. Place the pyrex container inside the pot of water. Fill the pyrex container with the paraffin wax. Turn the burner on low, heating gently, until all the paraffin melts, stirring occasionally.

Pick up the candle by the wick and slowly dip it straight down into the melted paraffin wax and lift it straight up and out. You can dip it more than once, but every time you dip it in the wax, the vellum image will become harder and harder to see. Set the candle on a piece of waxed paper for at least an hour to dry before lighting.


Always use proper precautions when working with the stove, hot wax, and scissors to avoid injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Vellum printer paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue stick
  • Large pot
  • Water
  • Stove
  • Pyrex or metal container large enough for the candle to fit in with some room on the sides
  • Paraffin wax
  • Waxed paper
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