Want to make a personalized gift in just a few minutes? This easy candle stamping method uses a few inexpensive craft tools to create personalized candles with names, milestone dates, or a favorite quote in just a few minutes!
Have you tried stamping candles with custom designs?! It is an easy and inexpensive way to create custom candles for holiday decorating, gifts, weddings, and graduation.
This method is fool proof too! No worry about messing up because if you do, it’s only wasting a piece of tissue paper, not a $10 candle. I have done several versions for Christmas and Halloween, as well as sentimental gifts.
If you are interested in making more gifts, I’ve done many image transfer methods like the best image transfer to fabric and transferring images to wood. However, today’s method is one of the fastest since it uses candles.
- Tissue Paper (Kleenex type nose tissue or bathroom tissue works)
- Wax Paper
- Assorted Candles
- Pigment Ink (You don’t want an ink that is prone to spreading)
- Stamp of choice (wood, acrylic, or flexible all do great)
- Craft Heat Gun like this one
How To Emboss Candles Step by Step
Step 1- Stamp the image onto a single ply of tissue paper. You can use any rubber or acrylic stamp. A pigment based ink is going to work best as it won’t bleed as much and will stay wet longer than a dye based ink.
*Tip – You can also use embossing powders for a fun effect! The trick is to use a clear embossing ink and an embossing powder or glitter. You don’t need to burnish (heat) the embossing powder until you melt it into the candle, but don’t use any wax paper with embossing powders.
Step 2- Cut excess tissue paper around the image. If a multiple layer or thick tissue, you will want to separate the layers and use only the top layer.
Step 3- Position onto candle as shown above. Lay wax paper over the image and hold so that the image is flat against the candle. The wax paper isn’t always necessary, but it will keep the tissue paper from blowing around.
Step 4- Use a heat gun over the surface of the wax paper/ candle. Starting from the center and working towards the edges – you are just trying to melt it a little. You don’t have to burn the candle wax. If you have good lighting, you can see the the wax paper start to stick to the candle wax. Make sure all edges are properly sealed.
Step 5- Peel off the wax paper. Voila! The tissue paper has magically melted into the candle. If done properly, you will not be able to see a texture difference between the tissue paper and the candle.
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I also made a video of myself working with these candles if you would like to check it out.
Yes. The trick is to use a clear embossing ink and an embossing powder or glitter powders. Emboss ink the stamp and stamp the tissue paper before adding the embossing powder. You don’t need to burnish (heat) the embossing powder until you melt it into the candle.
A heat gun is much hotter than a hair dryer, depending on the type of heat gun. Craft heat guns can be about 200-300 degree F, while industrial heat guns meant for metal can be upwards of 700 degrees F. A typical hair dryer is about 80-120 degrees F.
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How To Stamp Candles
- Heat Gun
- Tissue Paper Kleenex type nose tissue works best
- 1 piece Wax Paper
- 1 Candle
- Stamping Ink That won't spread
- Stamp the image onto tissue paper.
- Cut excess tissue paper around the image. Lay image on candle in position.
- Use a heat gun over the surface of the wax paper/ candle.
- Peel off the wax paper. Allow to cool before touching.