DIY Halloween Candles

7 Materials
20 Minutes

I love crafts that are fast, inexpensive and make a big impact, like my DIY Halloween ghosts and my DIY Halloween apothecary jars. These DIY Halloween candles check all the boxes too. The options are endless, if you can print it, you can create it!

Here is what you'll need:

  • candles
  • wax paper
  • card stock– went through my printer better than plain paper
  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • tape and glue stick
  • heat tool-you can also use a blowdryer 

The first thing to do is to pick out your images online. Next wrap your card stock in tissue paper and tape SECURELY around all edges so your printer doesn’t catch and rip it. 

Make sure it’s tape all around the edges and that you know what side it’s going to print on when you feed it into your computer.

Print your images and cut them out. You no longer need the card stock. 

Here is where the magic happens. Place your image where you want it to be on your candle, ink-side out (NOT towards the candle) and wrap a piece of wax paper TIGHTLY around it. I fold the edges to make them more secure. 

Now grab an oven mitt or a towel so you don’t burn your hand. Start using your heating tool or blow dryer on the image until you see it turn shiny. Place the candle down and let it cool for a couple minutes. Peel off the wax and you’ve got yourself a Halloween candle. TAH-DAH! Wasn’t that easy? The options are endless. These are great for any holiday or as gifts.

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  • Anne B
    on Oct 29, 2019

    Rather than taping the tissue to the card stock, can you just run thru the tissue paper they the printer?

  • Carolyn
    on Oct 29, 2019

    Very Ingenious! Can I draw my own design on the tissue paper with colored sharpies instead of using a printer? Maybe add some glitter for Xmas candles? Might that work?

  • Cathy
    on Oct 29, 2019

    I'm does this work with the ink facing out? I would think in order for the print to transfer onto the candle you'd need the ink touching the candle.

    Am I missing something? Thanks! (Honest question)

    • Pamela - DIY vibes
      on Mar 19, 2020

      So sorry I'm just seeing this! Yes, there is wax on both sides of wax paper so 1. place the tissue paper onto the candle, Ink side facing you. 2. place wax paper over the tissue paper. 3. Apply heat--the hairdryer will melt the wax onto the tissue paper image, transferring the image onto the candle. Does that help?

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