How to Make Personalized Candles

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Customized candles are a beautiful gift that kids and adults can create. If you need a gift for someone in your life, a personalized candle is a wonderful way to say you care. Personalized candles burn the same way as regular candles, because they are made completely of wax. Do not get discouraged if your first personalized candle doesn't turn out the way you'd like. If you make a mistake on one of the wax sheets, simply peel off the wax and try again.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat wax sheets
  • Lighter
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Thick white candles
  • Small Mylar stencils (optional)
  • Sharp pencil
  • Piece of thick cardboard
  • Purchase thick, white candles at your local craft or candle store. You may use scented or unscented. You may also used colored candles, although it may be more difficult to see your personalized designs on a darker candle.

  • Purchase flat wax sheets at your local craft store. Wax sheets come in a variety of colors and, with a little heat, adhere to the sides of candles.

  • Place a Mylar stencil on top of the wax sheet or use a pencil to draw freehand. Press lightly on the wax so you can see your design, but do not poke all the way through the wax.

  • Use an X-ACTO knife to carefully cut out your designs. You will not need to press very hard, but always place a piece of cardboard underneath your wax sheet to prevent scratching the surfaces below.

  • When you have cut out your designs, run a lighter very quickly along the side of the candle to heat it. Press your designs firmly into the side of the candle, heating as you gently rub the design into the side of the candle. Allow the candle to cool at least two hours before wrapping and giving as a gift.

Tips & Warnings

  • Children should be supervised while attempting this project.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
  • Keep X-ACTO knives out of the reach of children.

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