Personalized Candle




A candle with a personal touch. Makes a great gift and only takes a few minutes to make!

Step 1: You Will Need a Computer, a Printer, a Candle, Scissors, Tracing Paper, Wax Paper, an Oven Mit, and a Hair Dryer

You can find all of these items at almost any store. I was able to get all of mine at walmart.

Step 2: Come Up With a Design

The first thing you will need to do is come up with an idea of what you want to put on the candle. This can be a photo or a quote or anything else that you can think of. After you have your idea, open up Microsoft Word on your computer and make your design. Center it in the center of the page so when it prints you make sure not to clip any edges.

Step 3: Printing the Design

This step is where the Tracing Paper comes in. You will be printing the design directly onto the tracing paper but since the paper is so thin you will need to tape it to either cardstock or a regular piece of printer paper. Since I didn't have cardstock I just taped it to a normal piece of printer paper. Put small folded pieces of tape all over the cardstock(or printer paper) then gently place the tracing paper on top making sure there are no wrinkles.
Since the tracing paper is wider than the cardstock(or printer paper) trim it down to size with scissors. Make sure the edges are taped good or it won't feed into the printer right. That is perhaps the most difficult part of the whole thing.
I used an ink jet printer and it came out perfectly.

Step 4: Cut Out Your Design

Take the tracing paper off of the cardstock (or printer paper) and cut out your design.

Step 5: Applying Your Design

Now you will place your piece of tracing paper with your printed design directly onto the candle where you want it to be permanently. Then you are going to put a piece of wax paper over the design holding it tightly so there are no wrinkles and the design stays in place.

Step 6: Add Some Heat

This part is where the oven mit comes in handy. You are going to take the hair dryer(or heat gun) and hold it over the wax paper so the candle melts over the tracing paper and the design actually sinks into the candle. Since this can take about 1-2 min your hand will get hot so I recommend using an oven mit on the hand holding the candle. When you can no longer see the edges of the tracing paper you are finished. Remove the heat and give the candle about 10 seconds for the candle to cool a little then slowly peel off the wax paper and voila you have your own personalized candle!

Step 7: Decorate It If You Want To

To add an extra little touch I wrapped twine around the bottom of mine(can be found at any craft store) and held it in place with 2 little nails which I covered up with the sticker on the bottom. Then I used a hammer to flatten the nails and went all over the twine slightly tapping it to flatten it down. You could also use ribbon or anything else you wanted.

Step 8: Burning

If you are going to burn your candle I recommend drilling a hole in the top to the size of a tea light candle and placing a tea light candle inside. This way the design won't get melted off :)



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    Question 11 months ago on Step 6

    So I have tried this idea it looks 100% but overtime of 8 hours to a day my picture starts to come lose? Any idea what can be wrong. Can it be the candle or am i doing something wrong?


    2 years ago

    Not good i tried it the image gets off in 5 hrs.


    4 years ago

    If you like this instructable, please vote for it in the homemade gifts contest! Thanks :)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great last minute present, especially because Christmas is only 2 days away! EEK! :D


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great last minute present, especially because Christmas is only 2 days away! EEK! :D


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Nice one!

    Never tought it could be done with candles as well: I did a similar process (With more heat, pressure and better transfer) for PCB-making for a long time. Google "Toner transfer method PCB" :)

    Does your hairdrywer have a temperature specified or is it simply doing ba try and error until you found the sweetspot of Temperature and time?

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    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks,I will have to check that out! :)
    And I just put the hair dryer on its highest setting and hold it about 1 1/2 inches away from the wax paper going over the design with even strokes making sure not to hold it in one spot too long. I'm sure any hair dryer would work, some may just take longer than others to heat the candle.