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Make a Customized Candle for Someone Special

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.

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.

Removed 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


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 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
Hermitshell Hard EVA Travel Black Case fits HP OfficeJet 250 All-in-One Portable Printer Wireless & Mobile Printing (CZ992A)
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 12oz Mason Soy Candle
Malicious Women Candle Co - Bitches Get Shit Done, A Hot Mess (Red Hot Cinnamon) Infused with Ambition, All-Natural Organic Soy Candle, 9 oz
Dianne's Custom Candles Scented Odor Eliminating Fragranced Candle 12 Ounce (Vanilla Bean)

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

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: November 29, 2016 15:15


    Can't wait to try this. There are so many beautiful paper napkins. My friend used one last time we were together...going to ask her for one....or two!
    • Posted: November 29, 2016 16:44


      Oh Sharlene, I'm so glad you like it. It's so much fun changing candles to suit your decor and unique style. Thank you for coming to say hi
  • Posted: August 7, 2016 22:45


    Beautiful candle. Thanks for sharing the instructions with us. I think it's fun to read posts from the other side of the world and muse over our different dialects of English. But we all share a love for pretty things, and our sometimes exasperating Mothers. I enjoyed your story. Good for a chuckle. You should add a big red bow to the candle.
    • Posted: August 8, 2016 10:29


      Oh Cath that's brilliant, I wish I'd thought of that :D Thank you so much
  • Posted: August 7, 2016 13:10

    Make A Candle For A Special Mom - Reader Feature - The Graphics Fairy

    […] for sharing your talents with us! To visit more of Michelle’s projects, please visit her blog site here.  To learn how to transfer images yourself, visit the Transfer Methods […]
    • Posted: August 8, 2016 10:31


      Thank you for the feature Graphic Fairy
  • Posted: July 4, 2016 06:01

    Decorating Candles – unikatissima's

    […] decorating of the candles works here with a candle, a napkin, wax paper and a hair dryer and sounds quite easy. I have to try […]
    • Posted: July 4, 2016 15:27


      Thank you for the feature unikatissima :-)
  • Posted: June 1, 2016 00:56

    Dee Bell

    Going to jazz up all my boring candles now. Thanks!
    • Posted: June 1, 2016 06:57


      Awesome :D
  • Posted: May 30, 2016 12:57

    Cindy Gardiner

    Looks So Sweet Love the idea!!!
    • Posted: May 30, 2016 15:41


      Thank you Cindy <3
  • Posted: May 29, 2016 21:28


    Beautiful! the candle and the sentiment. As I was reading I realized this would also work with the printed side of the napkin/serviette also skipping the printing part - yes?
    • Posted: May 30, 2016 13:29


      Yes, it would definitely work and with all the beautiful napkins/serviettes you can buy today the candle would look stunning. Thanks for stopping by :-)
  • Posted: May 16, 2016 19:35

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    What an absolutely beautiful gift for your mom. She sounds like an exceptional woman. I think as we get older we tend to let our hair down and be ourselves more and not worry about what everyone is thinking. Your mom sounds like this, a true free spirit. I bet she loved the gift. Happy belated Mother's Day to you Michelle.
    • Posted: May 17, 2016 06:53


      To you too Mary, I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day and you're right about my mom. She's weird, wacky and totally awesome.
  • Posted: May 11, 2016 20:49


    Michelle, your mom sounds like fun!! What a funny story about the big red bow. The candle looks beautiful and what a great idea!! I bet your mom loves her new candle.
    • Posted: May 12, 2016 08:21


      She did :-) and she's a hoot. Love her to bits. Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day Keri <3
  • Posted: May 9, 2016 03:24


    Tiene que ser papel encerado? serviría talvéz el papel de mantequilla..ese que usamos para hornear? al parecer la única utilidad del papel encerado es proteger la servilleta del calor intenso del secador. soy de Chile. Gracias de antemano por tu respuesta.
    • Posted: May 9, 2016 07:21


      Oh dear, I wish I could respond to your comment Sary. If anyone can help me translate I would be so grateful.
    • Posted: May 11, 2016 09:35


      Okay I think I understand. Si, tiene que ser papel encerado o papel de hornear. As long as the paper is waxy.
    • Posted: May 29, 2016 20:14


      Me parece que debe ser papel encerado ya que es la cera que es absorbida por la servilleta haciendo que la servilleta quede como parte de la vela.
      • Posted: May 30, 2016 07:28


        :-) Thank you for helping an old Afrikaans girl out.
  • Posted: May 6, 2016 18:11


    Where do you get all the stuff to do this with. Can't I use a regular pic and just melt it on the candle
    • Posted: May 7, 2016 06:13


      Hi Diana, good question. The serviette or napkin is porous and allows the wax to seep through so I'm not sure if a regular pic on paper would work. It's worth a try though
  • Posted: May 6, 2016 11:43


    This makes no sense. What is A4 paper and what is sellotape? When it says all you need is wax paper a napkin a hair dryer and a candle.
    • Posted: May 6, 2016 14:09


      Hi Bekki, sorry I really have to learn that the words we used in South Africa are very different to the words used in the States. A4 paper is the standard printing size used inkjet or laser jet printers and sellotape is just sticky tape or scotch tape. I'll also update the bitty about what you need. Thanks for pointing it out.
    • Posted: May 29, 2016 09:36


      Bekki, you seriously need to get a grip. If you don't know what it is, look it up instead of insulting a talented & creative woman. The US is not the center of the universe, & I'm an American! You, & people like you, are the reason I no longer choose to live there!
  • Posted: May 6, 2016 09:31


    Looks lovely. But where do you get the image with the "M"
    • Posted: May 6, 2016 14:06


      Hi Carmen, the image is from the Graphics Fairy - here's the link https://thegraphicsfairy.com/victorian-abcs-m/

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