Both of my daughters are very creative and right now my youngest is into all things crafty. I am not a crafty person, by nature, so her constant desire to craft is pushing me to new limits. 🙂 Because she loves to make things for people all the time I thought it would be fun to let her make her own decorated candles, for all her grandmas, for Christmas. I found this tutorial online and it seemed easy enough to let her do.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Colorful markers
- White tissue paper
- Printer paper
- Wax paper
- HomeRight digital temperature heat gun
Start by cutting a piece of tissue paper to the size of the candle. Then carefully tape the tissue paper to the printer paper so it won’t move around while your little one, or you, are coloring.
Pull out the markers and let the creative juices flow. This was definitley Malea’s favorite part and I loved watching her really concentrate on what she wanted to design for each of her grandmas. 🙂
Carefully peel the tissue paper off of the printer paper. Cut around the design, getting as close to the edge as possible. Once you’ve cut out the design lay it over the candle.
Next tear off a large piece of wax paper, larger than the size of the candle. Lay the wax paper over the design and wrap it all the way around the candle.
Use the HomeRight heat gun to melt the design onto the candle. Turn the heat gun up to 500 degrees, then slowly move it back and forth. It takes a few seconds in each spot, you’ll know it has transferred when the tissue paper turns the same color as the candle and is no longer white. Slowly roll the candle, heating up each side, until the entire image has been transferred.
Once the image has transferred, carefully peel the wax paper away from the candle and “voila!”, you’ve got a beautiful, one of a kind candle designed by your little artist.
Malea was so proud of her creations, the only challenge now is going to be getting her to keep it a secret until Christmas time! Have fun creating! I’d love to see the designs you come up with, you can share with me on Facebook or Instagram. 🙂
And just in case you have any fun DIY projects coming up, you can enter to win a HomeRight Heat Gun. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win. Good luck!
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creepy glowbugg says
I have actually been wanting to try this very project of making decorative candles.
I’d love to give a personalized gift to everyone on my list.
Thank you for the chance to win such a cool tool!
making a cone tree for Christmas
SONJA HANSEN says
My first use would be to help strip the old paint from an old oak dresser so that I can do all of the fancy stencil work as I decorate it. Too bad that such a project requires prep work, but that is the way it seems to work.
Kaye Newman says
I would make some decorated candles like you guys did.
Heather Haugen says
I would use this heat gun to do this project to make Christmas gifts for the grandmas.
mary ballerin says
I would use the heat gun first on the top of a dresser that is scratched, then for crafting after that is done.
Stripping old paint and wallpaper.
actually, i would love to try these candles!!
beverly e says
I’d use a heat gun for this project, of course. It’s adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!
Nona Cheryl says
I believe I’d have to try the candle craft. That looks easy enuff for me to work! 😉
I would make these adorable candles for grandparent gifts!
Use it to remove some wall paper
Melissa S says
My first project would be a couple of ornament wreaths I have been planning to put together. I found a bunch of vintage ornaments at my local thrift store and plan to use them for the wreaths.
carol clark says
i would use it for some christmas cards
I would totally make one of these candles first. This is a great idea!
Dawn Monroe says
I’d like to make homemade ornaments with my grand kids.
Would fix my son’s Cub Scout Award Plaque I gave him at Crossover this year – there are a few items that need to be “reglued” back on:)
I’d try to remove some nasty old wallpaper first.
Brittany Koelmel says
I would love to use it to craft for Christmas gifts!
Wow! What a neat idea. I didn’t even know there was such a thing! Thanks for sharing
I would love to try it on making these candles!
Bethany Davis says
Hi, Rebekah! This is Bethany, Anna’s assistant. Isn’t this such a great gift idea? The giveaway has already ended, but you can head over to the HomeRight website (link in the post) to purchase the digital temp heat gun. Be sure to keep an eye out on the blog for similar giveaways and project ideas! Thanks!
Amanda Whitley says
i would make Christmas candles.
Such a great idea for giving it as a gift for my friends that love scented candles with patterns on it! Nice!