Stamping on Candles

by Jenni Mouer

Stamp tissue paper and melt it into your candle. Decorated candles make unique gifts.

Supplies

  • Candle - preferably white or cream

  • White Tissue Paper

  • Stamps

  • Ink Pads

  • Markers or some other type of coloring medium

  • Scissors

  • Wax Paper

  • Embossing Gun

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Stamp on tissue paper. Use images that can be colored-in or solid images, in the ink color of your choice.

    Tip: Stamp extra images on the tissue in case of a mistake.

  2. Step 2

    Color in stamped images using some form of coloring medium, but be careful and test the medium used. With Twinkling H2O™s™ (as in this example), you will want to make sure your Aquabrush™ is not very wet but has a fair amount of watercolor on it. If you would prefer not to color just use a solid stamp with your choice of ink.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out your stamped images fairly close to the edges.

  4. Step 4

    Take a piece of wax paper and cut it so that it is not any taller than the candle being used and long enough so that it wraps completely around the candle and then some.

  5. Step 5

    Take your first stamped image and place it on the candle. Then place the wax paper on top and wrap the wax paper around the candle. Wing out the extra wax paper and pinch close with your fingers making sure the wax paper is tight against the candle.

  6. Step 6

    Heat up your embossing gun for 30-40 seconds until it is nice and hot. Moving quickly, wave it over the area where the stamped image is; be sure to keep the wax paper nice and tight. Every candle will have a different wax melting point, but you should see a change begin to take place within a few seconds. As the candle heats up, the pressure from the wax paper should push the image into the melting wax of the candle, embedding the image and leaving your image intact.

    Slowly peel the wax paper off the candle. Remember: every brand is different so if you are switching between brands you may need to adjust your heating times a bit.

  7. Step 6

    Heat up your embossing gun for 30-40 seconds until it is nice and hot. Moving quickly, wave it over the area where the stamped image is; be sure to keep the wax paper nice and tight. Every candle will have a different wax melting point, but you should see a change begin to take place within a few seconds. As the candle heats up, the pressure from the wax paper should push the image into the melting wax of the candle, embedding the image and leaving your image intact.

    Slowly peel the wax paper off the candle. Remember: every brand is different so if you are switching between brands you may need to adjust your heating times a bit.

  8. Step 7

    Finish your candle.

    You can do numerous images on one candle; just place another image and move the wax paper. It is best to try and not use the same spot on the wax paper for each image, but you can use 1 piece of wax paper numerous times.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stamping on Candles. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

what an awesome idea! I just did this today and plan on doing MANY more! thank you so much for the tutorial!
flutterbyefaery  |  Thu Feb 5, 2009 at 6:28 AM
Hey I tried it and it works great! my new and cheep, easy way for birthday presents. fantastic! for anyone else in England wax paper can be replaced with greasproof paper.
Lorraine  |  Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 1:48 AM
Great idea. Can't wait to try it. If only I can drag myself away from the computer long enough to actually do something, besides admiring all of you crafty ladies!!
Thanks
CRAFTY-LIZ  |  Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 9:02 AM
I use a large candle and printed the class photo from my son's class and gave it as a teacher gift. She loved it!
Faith  |  Fri May 15, 2009 at 12:32 PM
I would love to use this technique to apply photos onto candles. How do I get my photo images onto tissue paper? Does anyone know how to do this?
Jan Marie  |  Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM
Jan Marie,

Check the first two steps of this tutorial for instructions how getting photo images on tissue paper.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 3:31 PM
THANK YOU, Beate! Now, I can make these for Christmas/birthday presents.... I knew there was a way and I knew someone would know. Enjoy The Day! Jan Marie
Jan Marie  |  Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 3:40 PM
I also successfully used a paper napkin image. I used a napkin which had small butterflies printed on it. I cut out a butterfly and peeled away the layers of napkin until I just had the printed layer left. I then melted it onto the candle - it looked great!

Another tip I found on a different tutorial was to put a small amount of glue stick glue on the candle and stick the image to it before melting. This also worked well.

I'm only just getting into this technique and love it!
Diane Allen  |  Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 1:32 AM
I would like to know what kinda of pad you used in the tutorial. (under neath the candle.) also do you have any ideals for a 50 birthday for a man..He love tools..

Thanks...
pat  |  Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 7:00 AM
Hi Pat,
The paper pad in the video is from Stampin' Up! It's called Grid paper.
Birthday idea for a man....how about some tile coaster. You can find a tutorial for stamping on tiles here.
beate  |  Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM
I'm confused...

I assumed the ink was transferring from the paper and on to the wax, so there is no paper left on the candle - is this not the case?

Thanks so much - I love this! I've seen some really expensive 'flocked' candles I'm going to try to copy!
Rachel Evans  |  Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM
I do not have an embossing gun - can I use a hair dryer? or what is the best replacement
Kate Holton  |  Thu Jun 3, 2010 at 11:14 PM
Thank you for your vido and sharing it. Thanks to your video, it's very comprehensive and it seems more easily to do the same thing. Thank you very much.
Christine  |  Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 7:12 AM
Where do I see my comments... Sorry removed my name by mistake... I was looking for the comments someone make to my question. can no find it.
patricia  |  Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 5:24 AM
found it... Thanks
pat  |  Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 5:29 AM
This is such a good idea! With Christmas around the corner, I've been trying to think of affordable gifts, and this is perfect! I will have to go buy some cute stamps and make some! Thanks!
Gastric Bypass  |  Mon Dec 6, 2010 at 2:26 PM
Oh my goodness these are so pretty! My daughter would love to help me with these. A thousand ideas are running through my head. She can do her own (she's 6) for grandparents and family. We can do them for gifts for every season. Nice fun family idea...thank you!
Las Vegas Bankruptcy Lawyer  |  Wed Dec 8, 2010 at 3:26 PM
I tried doing this today and then wondered about the tissue paper issue...I see some people have asked about this. So I lit one up and waited. It was fine for the first while, then the tissue paper went up in a slow burn flame. Good thing hubby saw it right away. Has anyone else tried to burn these? Am I the only one that has had mine go up in flames? Is there something I can do different so that these are safe---they are gorgeous when not burning....
kristina  |  Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 7:32 PM
Wow, very informative and great craft
Aglow candles  |  Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Thanks for the tutorial. Both the photo and the video tutorials are wonderful!!!
Qbee (Brenda Quintana)  |  Thu Apr 7, 2011 at 1:32 PM

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