Today is day 1 of my new blog series which is called “Crafting with Kids!” and even if you don’t have kids you might craft with there will be tons of ideas coming up that will be great for adults too. Like the one today, DIY Candle Printing. This one makes a great gift for the young to the old with all sorts of ways to make it unique to your own style and home.
I’m sure you have seen the quote “Grandchildren complete life’s circle of love” well my daughter decided she wanted her candle for her granny and papa to say “Grandparent’s complete life’s circle of love.” It makes the perfect gift for Grandparents day coming up tomorrow and guess what it literally only takes a few minutes to complete this entire project so no worries you can have it done in plenty of time.
Once you have gathered all of your supplies together you will want to cut a piece of the tissue wrap and place it on top of the copy paper or you can use whatever you have handy to place under it. A magazine or piece of cardboard work just as well. This just prevents the markers from bleeding through to your counter top or table. Once you have that set up let your kiddos draw away. Just make sure they don’t get too crazy as it needs to fit on the candle. Another option is to do like my spider candle above and print out a design onto tissue wrap. Yes, this works! You can tape your tissue wrap onto your copy paper or you can just run it right through which is how I did it. This gives you loads of options with printing on candles. You can make a Halloween one, a special birthday candle, Christmas or even how about a print of your kids for a grandparents gift. My mom would LOVE that.
Now that your design is finished you will want to complete the other steps.
1. Cut around the tissue paper design and get rid of any excess.
2. Place a piece of wax paper over the top of the design to hold everything in place.
3. Use a blow dryer to melt the tissue paper into the wax candle. As you move the blow dryer across the design it will begin to melt and disappear. Once you can only see the design and not the paper it is ready. A blow dryer with an extension works the best because it directs the heat where you need it. The process may take longer with a regular one but it will work too, just be patient. On hot heat it only takes a minute or two. This part I would recommend the adults handle because the heat can get hot on your fingers.
4. Once the tissue paper is completely gone gently pull off the wax paper and ta-da your design is left behind on the candle.
There are so many awesome ways you could customize these candles. If you know someone who loves animal print then how about a printed animal design. That would be fun! Dog lovers might like their pups on a candle or how about one with your favorite sports team. The sky really is the limit with what you can create.
What would you print on your own candle?
Be sure to check back every Saturday for a new Crafting with Kids! post. This blog series is going to be a year long series with all sorts of crafts for all the holidays and more.