How to Make Personalized Photo Candles

A homemade photo candle makes a personalized piece of home decor, as well as a lovely gift for friends and family. Just pick a beloved picture, put it on a candle and you'll have an appealing, one-of-a-kind creation you. Use different shapes and sizes of candles and photos, and add ribbons, stickers or other embellishments to further personalize your photo candle.

Things You'll Need

  • Vellum paper
  • White candle
  • Wax paper
  • Heat gun or blow dryer
  • Ribbons, stickers or other embellishments


    • 1

      Print a copy of your photo on vellum paper, which you can find at any craft store. Cut the picture as you wish, making sure it will fit on your candle.

    • 2

      Place the photo on the candle in the position of your choice.

    • 3

      Wrap the wax paper carefully around the candle and photo. Ensure that the waxed side of the paper is facing the photograph. Pull it taut.

    • 4

      Heat the photo through the wax paper covering, using either a hair dryer or a heating gun. Blow the heat, set on high, all around the edges and surface of the photo for about 10 to 15 seconds.

    • 5

      Peel the wax paper off of the photo and make sure the photo is anchored to the candle. If it is not, repeat Step 4 until the photo is securely attached to the candle.

    • 6

      Decorate your candle by tying ribbons around it, placing stickers on it or inserting rhinestones into it.

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