DIY Candles – How To Transfer Photos To Candles

8 Materials
20 Minutes

These DIY candles use the wax coating on the surface to adhere images from napkins, tissues, and photos to your particular candle

See for yourself how addicting this DIY candle transfer process actually is.

My tutorial will teach you how to transfer any image, napkin or decoration onto your current candles. Here’s my quick tutorial, along with some step-by-step pictures too.

Supplies Needed:

  • Plain wax candle or battery-operated candle
  • Fun paper napkins or photo-copied print
  • Scissors
  • Iron, curling iron, heat gun or blow dryer
  • Glass jar
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Coffee beans

Start by unfolding your cute napkin. Choose which area you’d like to use on your candle. Cut as close to the edge of the design as possible.

Most napkins come as two-ply (or two layers.) Work the corners until you find one that easily starts to peel apart. Peel the backing off of your chosen napkin panel.

Lay your design across and around your candle to determine placement.

Take your iron on it’s lowest setting and lightly go across the edges of the napkin, working your way around the candle.

If you have special or memorable photos you’d like to transfer, you can print them on regular printer paper and place a piece of wax paper between your photo and the iron and get the same result.

This exact same process is applicable if you’re using a battery-operated candle and may actually be better.

I decided to place my candle in a clear glass jar, added a little twine with beads, then lined the bottom with some strong-smelling Texas Pecan coffee beans to finish off the look of this super easy DIY! These are truly so easy to make and I hope you’ll try this one yourself.

This is another technique that you can try out using a FREE Printable and a heat gun.You can read all about it HERE:

I hope you enjoyed this simple and fun craft idea!


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