If you have ever tried to stamp candles, it isn’t as easy as it looks. However, this method will have you personalizing candles with names, milestone dates or your favorite quote in just a few minutes!
Today I am sharing a really easy way to use tissue paper to transfer designs onto candles. Although I decorated these for halloween, this technique has great applications for holidays, gifts, graduation, and general decorating. To be honest, Halloween is my favorite holiday (besides Christmas of course). I love the horror movie marathons, the spooky decor, and dressing up.
But I added a Christmas version this year for the house and I am obsessed. Some of these pretty candles might make it into gift baskets this year for my friends.
Supplies for Transfer Stamped Candles
- Tissue Paper (Kleenex type nose tissue)
- Wax Paper
- Assorted Candles
- Dye or Pigment Ink (You don’t want an ink that is prone to spreading)
- Stamp of choice
- Craft Heat Gun like this one (I doubt a hair dryer would get hot enough, mine certainly would not)
Step 1- Stamp the image onto the tissue paper.
Step 2- Cut excess tissue paper around the image. If a multiple ply or thick tissue, you may 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.
Step 4- Starting from the center and working towards the edges, use a heat gun gently over the surface of the wax paper/candle. 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 really wanted to show you how good this looks in person so I made sure that there is absolutely no retouching on the above picture. Now, wasn’t that impossibly easy? There are two other reasons I love this technique. First, you can use any type of stamp: wood backed, rubber, flexible, acrylic, etc. Secondly, you don’t have to worry about screwing up because you only wasted a piece of tissue paper, not a $10 candle.
Check out the video to see how it is done!
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