Tuesday, November 9, 2010

DIY Custom Designed Candles

Would you believe I made this with a candle, a little tissue paper, some stamps and ink, wax paper, and an embossing heater?



It's crazy easy how this is done! I was at a Women's fellowship at my church this past weekend and we made Christmas gifts. When I saw this, I knew I had to grab my phone and start snapping pictures so I could share it with you guys! (so please excuse the somewhat blah pictures... my iPhone was the closest camera I had)


First get you a square of tissue paper. You'll want to place it on a napkin or something so the ink doesn't bleed through and ruin anything.



Then get your ink and ink of up the stamp of your choice. We used Staz On ink. It has to be permanent ink.


Stamp onto the tissue paper. The base stamp I used had "New Oreleans" themed words in a fancy script.


Then I added a fleur-de-lis stamp on top of that.


Once you finish stamping the tissue paper, you'll need to trim the paper to where it'll fit on the candle.


Get your candle (you can use whatever kind you like... just make sure the color isn't too dark or the ink won't show up).


Then place the tissue paper on the candle. See how it fits exactly?


Now wrap the candle and tissue paper with wax paper. Leave enough so you have a "handle" to hold on the back.


Now use an embossing heat tool (they cost around $20 or so. I got mine on clearance at Walmart for $10). I asked about whether a blow dryer would work but it doesn't get hot enough.


Slowly heat the paper to the candle. Be sure not to stay in one spot too long or the candle will start dripping on you. This is where you'll be happy you have that handle because even with it, it gets REALLY HOT! It'll be done when you can no longer really see the tissue paper. (Mine could've done with a little more heat)



Peel the wax paper off and there you have it! A fancy-shmancy candle that looks like it costs a whole bunch but really is super cheap!



Don't forget about What's Cooking Wednesday tomorrow! Can't wait to see what you guys have been cooking up!


Oh, and don't forget about the Aunt Peg's Jewelry GIVEAWAY! It ends SATURDAY! More info HERE!

27 comments:

Jessi said...

Wow! Thanks for the tutorial. I have to try this. I love candles.

Emily Joyce said...

That's awesome! I have a few candles that would work really well with that.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

I need to do this! Thanks for sharing!

littlebirdseeds said...

That's great. I should put it on my to do list.
:)

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Oh my goodness!!! Brilliant!!! Thanks!

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to come link that in my Strut Your Stuff Party! http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-party.html

Kimberly and Ashley @ Everyday Expressions said...

This is brilliant! I have been looking for cheap DIY Christmas gift ideas and this is perfect!

Barbara Jean said...

This is really great.
Do not have embossing tool
Wonder if you could just mod podge it on.

blessings

barbara jean

heartofacountryhome said...

Awesome!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! That is the best thing ever! Love it!

Sommer said...

This is such a clever idea! I've been searching tutorials on the pottery barn knock off candles they have displayed this year but I couldn't find anything that was safe to burn once finished. I featured you on my blog =) Hope you don't mind! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!

Terrie B x said...

Oh How Beautiful..I love home made stamped candles:)
Thankyou for sharing at the PA Blog
Terrie
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/

Kelsey Rose said...

Wow, amazing!!

Blogging by Pictures said...

wow..that looks amazing! so chic!

http://www.bloggingbypictures.blogspot.com

Young and Crafty said...

I love, love, love this candle! That seems like to much work for me, want to send me one or five? :)

Thanks for linking up to Free for All!

Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

That is so fancy and smart! I love it!!

cleverlyinspired said...

great idea!

Jenny said...

This is so lovely!

April said...

This is so gorgeous! I love it. I love that you can personalize it. this is officially one of my favorite tutorials!

wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com

Nichelle said...

This is amazing!!! What a FANTASTIC TUTORIAL!!!

Thanks for sharing!!! I'd love your input on my crafts!

http://vintagewannabee.blogspot.com/

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

Love this!! I'm your newest follower!! Loving your blog!

myblueyez said...

Popping in from Tatertots and Jello link-up.
Thank you so much for this tutorial, I've seen these candles all over and have wanted one for so long, now I can just make it however I want!!

Stacy said...

I love these candles and want to make some for Christmas. Do you know if I can print onto the tissue paper and use that for making the candle or does it have to specifically be stamp ink?

Stacy said...

I don't stamp but printed my images onto the tissue paper using both an ink jet printer and a laser printer. For both I used repositionable spray adhesive to attach the tissue paper to the card stock. I fed it through the printer then carefully removed the tissue paper from the card stock. I cut my image to size and then used the method you discribed above for getting the image onto the candle. Thank you!!!

Jacki said...

Thank you for posting this idea. I am going to use this idea for my daughters wedding wedding reception centerpieces. I stamped my daughters monogram onto light pink tissue paper and heat guned it to the candles. I put the candles in large glass hurricane urns. They look fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

Tami said...

Wow! I just happened upon your site, tried this technique, and I LOVE it! I see Christmas presents in my future!

Bobbie said...

LOL.. I think Tami took my post! I also just happened on your site and will definitely be doing this for Christmas presents. I now have tons of fun ideas running through my brain. Thanks for the much needed crafty boost. Your site is now in my favorites and I will be back to visit often. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
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