My mom is a very special lady. She’s got a wicked sense of humor and will take on anyone who doesn’t play fair. Oh the stories I could tell you about my mom. When I was younger I used to get so embarrassed by her antics. I remember one time my then boyfriend, took me to a very classy restaurant for dinner. We sat in a quiet corner right at the back enjoying a glass wine and, if I recall correctly, crayfish or some other exotic dish. In those days we didn’t have a lot of money (okay we still don’t) so it was a real treat and we were savoring every minute. Until I spotted my mom. She had this HUGE red bow on her head. And by HUGE I mean GINORMOUS. It was probably a meter wide and everyone was staring at this woman who was heading straight for our table. I didn’t know where to put my head. Turns out she was at some mall with friends when they spotted a Lamborghini with a BIG red ribbon on it. She convinced the poor, unsuspecting salesperson to give her the bow. Did I mention my mom is also super gorgeous and very convincing? Yup, that’s my Mom, my hero, my confidante, my best friend and sometimes my nemesis.

To celebrate this truly unique woman I wanted to make her something special. A while back I found a graphic from the Graphics Fairy that I’ve been saving for a project and this morning it hit me. I’ll make my mom a customized candle using a paper napkin.

How to customise a candle for that special person your life. Easy craft tutorial with  step by step instructions #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

It was such a quick and easy project I thought I’d share it with you. But, before we get to the tutorial, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe below so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need to make a custom candle

  • pillar candle 🙂
  • some wax paper,
  • a suitable serviette or a napkin,
  • printer and paper,
  • clear tape,
  • a hairdryer.

What you need to make the custom candles #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

How to customize the candles

Napkins or serviettes as we call them here in South Africa 😉 come in layers. We’ll only be using the bottom plain layer to customize the candles. But don’t throw the top layer away until you’ve seen how to make a paper napkin dream catcher.

Remove the back of the napkin and tape it onto a piece of printer paper.  Make sure to tape all the edges. Putting paper on the back of the napkin prevents it from crunching up when it goes through the printer.

Remove the top layer of the napkin or serviette #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

Measure the width around the candle and re-size your image accordingly. I used this gorgeous “M is for Mother” that I found over at the Graphics Fairy. Place the “napkin covered” piece of paper in the printer and hit that print button 😀 It doesn’t matter whether you have a laser or ink-jet, they’ll both work. Psst, you can use a similar technique to print on tea bags too. You’re welcome 😉

After printing the napkin #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

Carefully cut the image out and stick the printed napkin onto the candle. Wrap the candle in wax paper making sure that the waxy side of the paper faces downwards, towards the candle.

Wrap the candle in wax paper and use a hairdryer to melt the napkin #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

Switch your hairdryer on and blow hot air all over the image until you can see the wax paper getting………well waxy 😀 Be careful, it gets hot and don’t hold the hairdryer to close to the candle to avoid making melted candle dents. Once you see a “waxy film” forming you’ll know that the printed napkin has melted into the candle. I’m hoping you can see what I mean in the image below.

Close up of the waxy residue after using the hairdryer #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

Gently remove the wax paper and voila, the customized candle is all done.

How to customise a candle for that special person your life. Easy craft tutorial with step by step instructions #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

Awesomeness!!!

How to customise a candle for that special person your life. Easy craft tutorial with step by step instructions #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

The candles are perfectly safe to burn too.

How to customise a candle for that special person your life. Easy craft tutorial with step by step instructions #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

And you have to look real close to see the customization.

How to customise a candle for that special person your life. Easy craft tutorial with step by step instructions #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

What do you think?

How to customise a candle for that special person your life. Easy craft tutorial with step by step instructions #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

If you like the idea of making customized candles don’t forget to pin it for later

How to print on a napkin and customise a candle for that special person your life. Easy gift idea with step by step instructions #easycraft #candle #mothersday #giftidea #acraftymix #crafttutorial

It was such an easy way to make a customized candle for that someone special. I think I’m going to make a few more of these using the top layer of some pretty napkins too.

Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more amazing craft ideas to share with you 😉

Light In The Dark Ivory Pillar Candles - Set of 2 Unscented Candles - 9 inch Tall, 3 inch Thick - 90 Hour Clean Burn Time
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Sale Recycled Post Consumer Napkins, Compostable Unbleached Eco Lunch Napkins, 50 PCS Disposable Dinner Napkin

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY

Nika's Home Vanilla Bean Candle | Non-Toxic 100% Soy Candle | Hand Poured Vanilla Candle | Handmade, Long Burning Candle | Highly Scented Candle | All Natural, Clean Burning Candle (12oz Mason Jar)
Malicious Women Candle Co - Bitches Get Shit Done, A Hot Mess (Red Hot Cinnamon) Infused with Ambition, All-Natural Soy Candle, 9 oz
Vanilla Bean Odor Eliminating Highly Fragranced Candle - Eliminates 95% of Pet, Smoke, Food, and Other Smells Quickly - Up to 80 Hour Burn time - 12 Ounce Premium Soy Blend

Until next time, I hope you have a lovely crafty week. Thank you for popping around for a visit.

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