How to Add Words and Images to Candles
Posted By
Wendi Wachtel
Monday, December 10, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight Dual Temperature Heat Gun
  • White pillar candle
  • White tissue paper
  • Copy paper
  • Painters tape
  • Scissors
  • Printer
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Wax paper

Project Steps


Watch this video tutorial to see how easy it is to take a plain white candle and personalize it with your own words or graphics to make a inexpensive holiday gift.

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Step 1

Create/Find a Graphic

Make a graphic or use mine.  Print a test graphic with the printer set on portrait, 2 images per page and the size at 10% to size the image to fit your candle.  This will give you two images per sheet when using my graphic. You can download my candle graphic here

If you don’t know which side of the paper your printer prints on, print a test.  My printer picks up the paper from the tray and prints on the bottom side, so I’ll load my paper into my printer tray with the tissue paper facing down.

Step 2

Print Your Graphic

Cut a rectangular piece of tissue paper out with at least a one inch margin around your words image.  With the shiny side of the tissue paper down, attach it to the copy paper with painters tape over the test graphic you printed earlier.  Run this through the printer and print your graphic. 

Step 3

Trim the Excess Paper

Trim the graphic with rounded corners around the graphic.  Leave a half to three-quarters inch margin from the edge of the words.

Step 4

Cut the Wax Paper

Cut a piece of wax paper large enough to go around the candle and with enough excess to fold over and hold in your hand.

Step 5

Use the Heat Gun

Position the graphic onto your candle.  Turn on the heat gun to low setting, hold about 8″ from the candle and wave it back and forth over the graphic.

Step 6

Remove Wax Paper

Before the wax on the candle cools, gently pull the wax paper off the candle.                                                                                              

Step 7

Enjoy your personalized candle! 

Hi There! I'm Wendi with H2OBungalow and the North House. I share lots of projects in our waterside bungalow in Florida and in our Mountain Vermont guest home that was built in 1835! My job is to fix up project homes and inspire you along the way. I believe in creating a style in your home that's true to you and that's what I teach others to do. With over 450 tutorials in home improvement and home décor on my blog I can help you create a home you love without breaking the bank.

Personalizing a plain, inexpensive pillar candle is easy to do and makes a great holiday gift.  I have an easy to follow video and tutorial to share today on how to add add words to candles using the HomeRight Dual Temperature Heat Gun.  

Heat guns are more versatile than people think.  I've shared lots of other fun DIY projects using HomeRight Heat Guns on my blog, H2OBungalow.  I've made DIY Large Outdoor Christmas Tree Ornaments a few years ago and have another set of beautiful Christmas graphics you can download in another post on How to Add Graphics to Candles. 

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