How to Put a Photo on Glass Candles


You can add a photo of yourself, or family, to a glass candleholder with the help of inkjet shrink sheets. This makes a cool gift for the holidays, a wedding or special birthday. The process is easy to do and the cost is minimal. You must have access to an inkjet printer and a computer for this to work. As an added bonus, you could make the candles yourself with just a few more steps. If you have an important day coming up and are searching for the right gift, try adding a photo to a glass candle for a do-it-yourself touch.

Things You'll Need

  • Photo
  • Graphics software
  • Inkjet printer
  • Inkjet shrink sheets
  • Scissors
  • Nonstick Teflon baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Clean nail polish
  • Glass candleholder
  • Spray adhesive
  • Needle-nose pliers or tweezers
  • Sponge
  • Design the photo you have chosen in a graphics program. You will need to make it a size that will fit on the candleholder. Print it onto the shrink sheet. Play with this a little; it may take a few attempts to get everything right. If you are not sure, make a couple different sizes and print them out. Let your shrink sheets sit for 30 minutes after printing to allow the ink to dry completely.

  • Cut out your design. Leave a thin margin around the edges. Check the instructions on the shrink sheet and see what they recommend; 1/4 inch should be enough. Place the cut-out photos on a nonstick Teflon baking sheet with the printed side down and bake at 275 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for several minutes. Make sure to stay nearby and watch them.

  • Take the photos out of the oven. As you are watching them heat, they will curl slightly, shrink and then flatten back out. Once they have flattened, take them out. Allow them to cool.

  • Brush them with a coat of clean nail polish on the printed side and let them dry completely.

  • Apply the photo to the glass candle. This process will depend on the type of candles you are using. The best method is to make gel candles and set the photos into the wax as it is drying. You could also glue the photos on the outside of the glass using spray adhesive. Be careful not to use too much adhesive. Spray the back of the photo, then carefully pick it up using needle-nose pliers or tweezers and lay it onto the glass. Use a damp sponge to wipe the edges to secure them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to use a Teflon baking sheet; other types of nonstick pans will not work correctly. It must have a Teflon coating.
  • Make sure to read the instructions that come with the shrink sheets.

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