This easy and inexpensive tutorial on How to Transfer Images onto a Candle using tissue paper, wax paper and a blow dryer will blow your mind! Create custom image transfer candles for any event or for homemade gift ideas.
I don’t know why I thought transferring images onto a candle would be so difficult, but I have to admit it had intimidated me for a long time! Had I known how easy it actually was, I would have been making all kinds of candles for every holiday for years!
How to Transfer Images onto a Candle with Tissue Paper
This was one of the easiest and most impressive crafts I’ve done in a long time! I had a vision using fern images to create a great fall tablescape or any autumn tabletop decor.
This can also be done with decorative paper napkins. I’ll tell you how to do that too! Keep reading!
- Tissue Paper, Patterned Napkins, or decorative tissue paper
- Printer Paper
- Wax Paper
- Tape – I liked using Washi Tape
- Graphics – You can download the fern design in the Printable Vault. TCL subscribers have free access. Subscribe if needed. Your password will be sent to you.
- Inkjet Printer
- Heat Tool or Blow Dryer
- Craft Scissors
1. Wrap your piece of printer paper with tissue paper as tightly as you can. I used washi tape because it was easier to work with and didn’t pull the paper, making it warp. Feed into your printer so it will print on the untaped side, onto the tissue.
2. After it prints, cut your design out and set your printed tissue pieces aside.
3. Measure the paper design and trim as necessary.
4. Place or wrap the printed tissue around the candle.
5. Then wrap the waxed paper around the tissue. Make sure both papers are wrapped tightly.
6. Use a potholder if necessary to protect your hand. Use your blow dryer or heat gun tool to heat the candle. Move the blow dryer around so it’s evenly warmed. You’ll see the color deepen as the images melt into the candle.
7. I like to rub the wax paper a little before peeling away. If you can still see the tissue paper, you’ll need to repeat the process.
If you're using a patterned paper napkin, you'll need to separate the layers, using only the decorative layer.
How to Make Printed Wax Candles using Decorative Napkins
While I was creating these beautiful candles, I realized I needed one more printed tissue paper. My least favorite part is wrapping the tissue paper around printer paper, and that’s when I remembered that I owned fern printed napkins!
Unfold and open the napkin up, and then separate the layers of paper. Cut what portion you need from the decorative section and follow the same directions above.
You can’t even tell which ones I printed and which one is from the napkin.
I bet you had no idea how learning how to transfer images to a candle would be so simple and easy! Now you can create any design you want for any time of year for beautiful seasonal decor.