How to Customize Pillar Candles

  • 01 of 07

    Customizing Plain Pillars in 5 Easy Steps

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    Customized Plaid Candles. Home Made Modern

    Are you a candle person?  Do you love their soft glow and their ability to make a room feel cozy?  Do you collect scents for every season?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you probably also know how expensive candles can be...especially the decorative ones.

    Fortunately, there is a very simple way to amass candles for any holiday or season, and even customize them for special occasions such as birthdays.  By buying simple, inexpensive pillars at discount stores or even dollar...MORE stores, you can save quite a bit of money.  Nevermind that these candles are plain.  By following these five easy steps, you can customize them to fit any decor scheme or party theme.

    Read on for the step-by-step process for customizing candles.

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  • 02 of 07

    Gather Materials

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    Supplies for Customizing Candles. Home Made Modern

     Here are the tools and materials you will need to get started:

    • Plain, white pillar (or taper) candle
    • White tissue paper
    • Cardstock (how much depends on how many candles you make; I needed 1 sheet for every large pillar or two small pillars.)
    • A color printer
    • A gluestick
    • Scissors
    • A hair dryer
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  • 03 of 07

    Step 1: Download an Image for Your Candle

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    Etsy Screenshot. Home Made Modern

    This can be the most time-consuming part of the whole project, although it isn't hard.  It's important that whatever image you use is large enough to cover your whole candle, and is seamless.  That is, look for an image that covers an entire sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 paper.  

    One of the best resources for instant downloads of high-quality backgrounds and patterns is Etsy.  I wanted plaid candles, so I typed in, "instant download plaid" and got hundreds of graphic designers who offer...MORE "digital paper," which is equivalent to the sheets of scrapbooking paper you can buy individually or in books at craft stores.  I purchased six plaid patterns as a set from Just Be Yourself Too for $1.50.

    After purchasing the digital paper, you will be able to download the zip files containing all of the images.  Save them to a folder on your hard drive.

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  • 04 of 07

    Step 2: Apply Glue to Cardstock

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    Applying Glue to Cardstock. Home Made Modern

    Obviously, tissue paper is too thin and fragile to run through any kind of printer.  This is where the cardstock comes into play.

    Run a glue stick along all four edges of a sheet of cardstock.  

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  • 05 of 07

    Step 3: Adhere the Tissue Paper

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    Tissue Paper on Cardstock. Home Made Modern

    Place a sheet of tissue paper onto the cardstock and smooth out all of the wrinkles so that it is nice and flat.  Trim the excess tissue paper away.

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  • 06 of 07

    Step 4: Print the Tissue Paper

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    Printed Tissue Paper. Home Made Modern

    Place the cardstock in your printer so that the image will print onto the side with the tissue paper.

    Select the image you want to print, making sure that it will print as a full sheet, and click print.

    After printing, cut away the edges of the cardstock that were glued, and you will have a sheet of customized tissue paper. 

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  • 07 of 07

    Step 5: Adhere the Tissue Paper to the Candle

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    Using a Hair Dryer to Adhere Tissue Paper. Home Made Modern

    Next, wrap the tissue paper around the pillar candle and heat the candle with a hair dryer.  (You may want to wear gloves for this part because your hand may get uncomfortably hot.)

    You will notice the candle getting very glossy where it is starting to melt; this is the time to tack down the ends of the tissue paper to the candle.

    Once the tissue paper is tacked on, use scissors to trim the excess tissue paper off.

    Place the candle on the sheet of cardstock, and turn the hair dryer on again to...MORE completely seal the tissue paper onto the candle.  The wax will begin to seep through the tissue paper, making it waxy, too.  Use the cardstock as a type of turntable, turning it frequently to heat the candle evenly.  This will prevent your fingers from getting too hot or waxy.  

    Once all of the tissue paper is waxy and you can no longer feel the texture of exposed tissue paper, turn the hair dryer off and let the candle cool completely to re-harden.