May 03, 2013

Mother's Day: DIY Photo Candle

Celebrate your mom with one or two of our thoughtful (and creative) Mother’s Day photo candles. A heartfelt gift that can double as a centerpiece, these candles are even sweeter when paired with our DIY match jar. The process can also be used to make lovely gifts for a milestone birthday, Christmas, or as decor elements for a bridal or baby shower!

DIY Mother's Day Candle

  • White pillar candles 
  • White tissue paper
  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Wax paper
  • Embossing heat gun (found at any craft store)
    or hair dryer 

Picture Candle Tutorial
Step 1:
Cut out a piece of white tissue paper slightly smaller than a sheet of printer paper, then tape the tissue shiny side down to the paper. 

Step 2: Print your desired photograph onto the tissue (just feed the paper with the tissue attached into your printer as usual). Cut out, leaving little a border around your image.

Step 3: Place your tissue-paper image on the candle and wrap a piece of wax paper tightly around both.  Tip: Make sure and make the wax paper tight, otherwise you little creases will be melted into your candle.

Step 4: Apply heat to the image using your embossing heat gun. (If you use a hairdryer for this process, use a diffuser attachment or wear gloves to protect your skin from the heat.) Continue applying heat to the image until you see the ink coming through (it becomes darker and clearer).

Step 5: Gently and slowly peel the wax paper off, and your picture candle is complete!

Planning a Mother's Day celebration? Send an Evite from our beautiful collection of Mother's Day invitation designs.

Posted by Evite on May 3, 2013 in DIY , Gifts , Holiday , Parties , Party Style

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Do I wrap the picture around the candle with the smooth side up or the rough side with the picture facing out?

Hi Tori,

Print the picture on the rough side (it's harder to print on the smooth side), and place the tissue paper smooth side down on the candle and rough side with the image facing out.

Hope that helps, and let us know if you have any other questions!

Does it matter if you didn't print with tissue paper? Will it affect it?

Hi Sara,

Yes it will matter if you didn't print with tissue paper. The tissue paper is important because it will bend around the candle, and the heat will make the tissue paper melt into the candle so your image becomes part of the candle. Hope that helps!



Can you substitute parchment paper for wax paper?

Hi Laura,

I believe parchment paper would work, although I haven't tried it personally. If you try it out with parchment paper, let us know how it turns out!