Make Your Own Decorative Candles with this Simple Technique

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DIY graphic design candles

Although it is still warm and bright today, fall is coming quickly. I love to bring more light and brightness into our house in autumn, and pretty candles are the best way to do it!

These do-it-yourself graphic candles are made using affordable plain white taper and pillar candles and then gussied up with markers and a bit of artistic flair. They can be customized to fit any decor scheme or style in your house.

Make a pretty combo for the mantel this fall, or make a huge collection of tapers for a big outdoor party. They’ll light up the evening with your signature style of awesome.


How to make a colorful candle at home.

DIY graphic candles

Each of the candles I made has a different design to them, each hand-drawn for a relaxed, artistic look. But, you can draw designs for more uniform or formal candles by using tissues as tracing paper or by printing your design directly onto a tissue (use only an inkjet printer for this — laser will not work).

Things You’ll Need

  • Plain candles in various shapes and sizes
  • White (non-dye) tissue
  • Scratch paper
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Heat gun or blow dryer

How to transfer a design to a candle

Put down a piece of scratch paper. To make your design, use a marker to gently draw your design on a tissue. The marker will bleed through, so have a protective paper underneath. Make the design as large as you’d like, and cut around it as close to the marks as possible.

Candle transfers

Next, lay the tissue paper on the candle, and cover it with a piece of wax paper. Start up the heat gun and carefully move it over the entire design. You will see the wax melting a bit and picking up color as you move it.

DIY candle transfers

Remove the wax paper to ensure the full design has transferred to the candle. If an edge has not, simply repeat the steps until the full design has become a part of the candle. Allow the candle and design to cool, and then burn as usual.

candle transfers

After making this first batch, I can’t stop thinking of other, pretty ideas to gussy up my candles in preparation for fall. I’m ready to make another batch already… maybe to give away? Several candles wrapped with a bow would make the prettiest gift for a dear friend.

Photo credits: Victoria Hudgins

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