How to Print on Candles with Tissue Paper

by Melissa

Don’t miss this tutorial on how to print on candles and make your own custom and personalized candle for any holiday.

Great for gift giving as well! Think Mother’s Day, Grandparents Day, etc.

How to print on candles with tissue paper is a super easy DIY project that is great for a unique gift giving experience.


Today’s tissue paper craft will show you exactly how to print on candles with tissue paper.

It is an incredibly simple project that makes a great gift for the young to the old.

There are all sorts of ways to make it unique to your own style and home.

Supplies you will need:

Candle Printing Supplies

INSTRUCTIONS TO PRINT ON CANDLES:


I’m sure you have seen the quote “Grandchildren complete life’s circle of love” well my daughter decided she wanted her candle for her granny and papa to say “Grandparent’s complete life’s circle of love.”

It makes the perfect gift for Grandparents day and it literally only takes a few minutes to complete this entire project.


Once you have gathered all of your supplies together you will want to cut a piece of the tissue wrap and place it on top of the copy paper or you can use whatever you have handy to place under it.

A magazine or piece of cardboard work just as well. This just prevents the markers from bleeding through to your countertop or table.

Once you have that set up let your kiddos draw away. Just make sure they don’t get too crazy as it needs to fit on the candle.

Another option is to print out a design onto tissue wrap. Yes, this works!

You can tape your tissue wrap onto your copy paper or you can just run it right through which is how I have done it.


This gives you loads of options with printing on candles.

You can make a holiday one, a special birthday candle or even how about print a picture of your kids for a grandparents gift. My mom would LOVE that.

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Now that your design is finished you will want to complete the other steps.

1. Cut around the tissue paper design and get rid of any excess.

2. Place a piece of wax paper over the top of the design to hold everything in place.

3. Use a blow dryer to melt the tissue paper into the wax candle.

As you move the blow dryer across the design it will begin to melt and disappear.

Once you can only see the design and not the paper it is ready. 

A blow dryer with an extension works the best because it directs the heat where you need it. The process may take longer with a regular one but it will work too, just be patient. On hot heat, it only takes a minute or two.

This part I would recommend the adults handle because the heat can get hot on your fingers.

4. Once the tissue paper is completely gone gently pull off the wax paper and ta-da your design is left behind on the candle.

Candle Printing Tutorial
Candle Printing

There are so many awesome ways you could customize these candles.

If you know someone who loves animal print then how about a printed animal design. That would be fun!

Dog lovers might like their pups on a candle or how about one with your favorite sports team.

The sky really is the limit with what you can create.

Another awesome idea for these printed candles is making your own customized photo candles. You can use this same tutorial for printing photos on candles.


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How to print on candles

How to print on candles

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: very inexpensive

Don't miss this tutorial on how to print on candles and make your own custom and personalized candle for any holiday. Great for gift giving as well!

Materials

  • Tissue Wrap
  • Copy Paper
  • Wax Paper
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Candle(s)

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Blow Dryer
  • Printer (optional)

Instructions

  1. Once you have gathered all of your supplies together you will want to cut a piece of the tissue wrap and place it on top of the copy paper. This just prevents the markers from bleeding through to your counter-top or table.
  2. Once you have that set up let your kiddos draw away. Just make sure they don’t get too crazy as it needs to fit on the candle. Another option is to print out a design onto tissue wrap. You can tape your tissue wrap onto your copy paper or you can just run it right through which is how I have done it.
  3. Cut around the tissue paper design and get rid of any excess.
  4. Place a piece of wax paper over the top of the design to hold everything in place.
  5. Use a blow dryer to melt the tissue paper into the wax candle. As you move the blow dryer across the design it will begin to melt and disappear. Once you can only see the design and not the paper it is ready. A blow dryer with an extension works the best because it directs the heat where you need it. The process may take longer with a regular one but it will work too, just be patient. On hot heat, it only takes a minute or two.


If you enjoyed this how to print on candles with tissue paper craft you might also likes a few of these other craft ideas as well.


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27 comments

nirai September 19, 2014 - 3:58 AM

Nice

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Dianne October 27, 2014 - 10:34 PM

Hi. I tried this but when I carefully pulled off the wax paper, the pattern and a lot of wax came off with it. Any suggestions for how to correct this?

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Melissa Coleman October 28, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Dianne,

Hmmm, I would probably say you either got it to hot and the wax paper melted into the candle or you didn’t let it stay on long enough and correctly transfer. You also want to use swiping motions not just in one spot the entire time. I haven’t had this happen to me so i’m not sure what the exact cause would have been. I would recommend just getting a cheap candle from the dollar store and trying again to get the hang of it. The wax paper is really only used for holding the tissue paper in place. You definitely don’t want to melt the wax paper any. If your hair dryer is especially hot maybe try it on a lower setting.

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Dianne October 30, 2014 - 7:35 PM

Thanks Melissa. I think I will give it another try with a cheap candle. It’s such a good idea and would make great gifts if I could perfect the technique. We’ll see what happens.

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Dianne November 23, 2014 - 10:58 PM

Hi Melissa. I just wanted you to know I tried it again and was successful. I used a different hair dryer this time and was careful to apply the heat evenly. They turned out great! Thanks!

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Charley November 17, 2014 - 5:42 PM

Do you put the copy paper on with the tissue paper??? Or what is the point of the copy paper

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Melissa Coleman November 19, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Charley, the copy paper is just so when you are making your design on the tissue paper it won’t go through and bleed onto your table/countertop. It has no other use.

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siscolvard December 12, 2014 - 11:42 AM

What kind of printer did you use? My cannon will not let me use tissue. Can I use “ONION SKIN” paper-like they used to use in the office 50’s-I think that may go through…Thanks so much

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Melissa Coleman December 16, 2014 - 10:44 AM

I used a HP diskjet printer. I have to attach the tissue to a regular piece of paper otherwise it would be to flimsy. I can’t speak on the onion skin paper because I have no idea what that is or if it would work or not.

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Sheena December 16, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Does the color of the candle and tissue paper make a difference

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Melissa Coleman December 19, 2014 - 9:46 AM

Sheena…. To be quite honest I have only done this with white tissue and on white or cream candles. I would probably say the color of the candle doesn’t matter so much but the tissue probably needs to be white. The dye in others may not melt right into the candle. You could always give it a try though but I really don’t know how it would come out.

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Sheena December 19, 2014 - 10:13 PM

I actually tried red on red on red because I was having difficulty with finding white or cream candles and it turned out pretty good.

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Melissa Coleman December 27, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Awesome, glad to hear that it turned out. 🙂

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Emma October 9, 2015 - 3:11 AM

Hi this is probably a silly question but I take it the candle will just burn the same on the area where you pit the design? It’s such a great idea. Thanks.

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Melissa Coleman October 12, 2015 - 9:58 AM

Emma,

Yes, it will just melt the same. 🙂

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Clare November 6, 2015 - 8:41 PM

What if you printed out a photo into the tissue paper from the printer? Would that work, have you tried it out? Like a picture of your friends or family?

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Melissa Coleman November 8, 2015 - 3:50 PM

If you have a good printer I think you could definitely get it to work. I haven’t tried it myself but I definitely think you could do it.

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Whitney December 4, 2015 - 11:48 PM

Such a cute idea. . . Silly question but when burning the candle is there no problem when it gets to the ink part?

Also can you use sharpie markers?

Thank you!

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Melissa Coleman December 6, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Whitney,

Nope no problem, it just burns like usual and yes you can use sharpies. 🙂

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Jess February 3, 2018 - 9:23 AM

So can I do any color candle with white tissue paper and the tissue paper not show as white? But as the color of the candle correct ?

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Melissa February 4, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Jess,

I haven’t tried this technique with a darker candle, only white and cream. My guess is you would have a little shadowing. I would suggest using a matching colored tissue paper (or close to it) for best results.

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Tara September 16, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Is there a type or brand of tissue paper that works best?

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Melissa September 17, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Tara, I just use regular tissue paper that you use to fill gift bags.

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Vanessa December 10, 2018 - 3:23 AM

Hi there – I’m struggling to find wax paper – will baking paper do the same thing ?

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Melissa December 10, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Vanessa, no I don’t think so because the wax paper is made of wax and melts into the candle. You should be able to find wax at your local grocery store or on Amazon.

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Melissa Estep May 30, 2019 - 12:19 AM

How do you keep the ends from peeling up just started and made 3 I love it.

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Melissa May 30, 2019 - 1:52 PM

I try to cut off as much excess as possible, never had an issue with any ends peeling up. You may have to allow it to melt into the candle a little longer.

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