I was super excited to receive my new HomeRight Digital Temperature Heat Gun. Oh…Yawn..you say? Like, what can you do with a heat gun? I’m so glad you asked because this new tool does lots of things from crafts to home improvement projects! Today, I’m going to share with you how to add images to candles. Using this technique, I turned plain white inexpensive candles into beautiful ones that look like they came from an upscale boutique. You can also add words to candles like I did here.
These make great gifts!
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I started with my new heat gun. This isn’t just any old heat gun, it’s adjustable up to 1200° and has 3 fan speeds, several useful attachments and a sturdy storage case. All those features make it a super useful tool and eliminates the need to buy other tools that will do similar jobs! Chemical free paint removing, stubborn sticker removal, defrosting frozen pipes and crafty things like embossing, aging wood and…making upscale candles with images are just a few of the many jobs this heat gun can tackle!
Let’s get started and I’ll show you how to add images to candles in a few easy steps.
This is what you’ll need to transfer an image onto a wax candle.
- Plain tissue paper , the type used for gift wrapping
- Tape, I used painters tape
- Piece of card stock or heavy paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches
- Wax paper
- Image, your own or my free downloadable ones below 🙂
Tools needed for this project.
- HomeRight Digital Temperature Heat Gun
Start by cutting your tissue paper the size of your paper. Notice that the tissue paper has a shiny and a matte side. You’ll want to print on the matte side. Tape the top of your tissue paper to your card stock shiny side down. The card stock gives your tissue paper enough structure to be printed on, otherwise you’d have a wadded up mess in your printer 🙁
Print your image onto your paper and trim around the image edges. If you’re not sure which side of the paper your printer will print on (top or bottom), print a test sheet first.
Cut a piece of waxed paper large enough to go around your candle with enough extra to hold onto. Place your image with the matte side facing out onto your candle and wrap your wax paper around it. Next, with the waxy side of the wax paper facing the candle, heat the image at about 190° using the wide directional attachment on the heat gun. I kept mine at about 1 1/2 – 2 inches away from the candle.
As soon as you see your image brighten, it’s been fused to the candle. Continue to quickly move on to the next area of the image. On a small candle, this process takes less than a minute. As soon as you’ve fused all of your image, carefully pull back your waxed paper.
That’s it! You’ve just learned how to add images to candles:)
They look awesome, don’t they? You can’t see the tissue paper at all, it’s completely transparent.
Almost any graphic will work with this technique. Photos and vintage images can make a plain candle upscale. Just for fun try something with color. I created these images for the holidays with garland, pinecones and a few of my favorite holiday words.
Are you loving this project? I sure am! Be sure to check back here next Monday. I have another crazy fun project to share using my new HomeRight Digital Temperature Heat Gun!
Seriously…you’ll WANT to see this!
…and NO, I’m not giving any hints away!
Now that I’ve shared how easy it is to add images to candles with my new HomeRight Digital Heat Gun are you ready to try this yourself?
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annette joseph says
can you do this on a color candle? or would it show the tissue paper?
Hi Annette, That’s a very good question. I think if you used white tissue paper on a colored candle it probably would show up. But, if you incorporated having a white background into your graphic that could be a cool effect. I’d suggest having fun and trying out a few different papers and candle colors to see what you like. Thanks so much for stopping by and have fun with your project!
Sam - Raggedy Bits says
What a fabulous idea!! These would make perfect gifts!
Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!
Hi Sam and thank you so much! I love this project too, it turned out so beautifully and makes the best gifts! Thanks so much for your note & visit!
This is so pretty and something to do for any occassion.
Hi Debra and thank you! I totally agree and would love to see this project with a pretty spring print or other holiday. I feel in love with how easy it was to make this candle project. Thanks so much for your visit and Happy Holidays!
Helping a friend, with a completely unrelated use of heat, I had to figure out the highest temperature output for a couple hair dryers. To measure, I used a meat thermometer, about 4-6 inches from the business end of the hair dryers we were checking. And even with basic models of inexpensive hair dryers that we checked, on high, we were breaking 200 degrees easily. I don’t see why a hair dryer would not work for this project but you may want to check your distance from the candle because 4 to 6 in away from the blower was over 200 degrees and you don’t want to melt a flat spot in your pretty candle.
Hi Christina and thanks for the info. Yes, a blow dryer may work just fine depending on the unit. Candles do melt quickly which is what you want when doing this project. It only take seconds which I think I mention exactly how many for the image to melt into the candle. It’s a quick process overall 🙂 Thanks so much for your visit and sharing your info!
Pauline Starkweather says
I would love to do these candles but can’t find out how to get the transfers to put on the candles. Noel Peace etc.
I love these candles and would love to make them for my mantle.
Hi Pauline, I have links to download the graphics in the post. All you need to do is save them and then follow the tutorial and print them on tissue paper. I’m sure your candle project will turn out beautifully! Good luck and hope this info helps!
Pauline Starkweather says
Wendi, I cannot figure out where to go to download the graphics for this project.
Please help with the links. Sometimes I think I need directions for dummies.
No worries Pauline. See where it says to click on the graphic (picture) to download that printable graphic? Under that sentence there is a small version of each of the graphics I used. Just click on the picture and save the pdf file to your computer. I hope that helps. I can email the files to you if you’re having trouble saving them, just let me know!
Pauline Starkweather says
Got it, just didn’t go down far enough to see them. I have a mac so just put them on my desktop to put in my photos for future use.
Thanks so much
These candles will look lovely on my mantle.
Mahera sheakh says
Thank u so much,really great idea for simple candle make a beautiful candle… wonderful experiance.
Debra Poe says
I have one of the Embossing hot guns.. The older models. Will it work just as well doing the projects? Thanks.
Hi Debra, It can’t hurt to try! If it gets hot enough it probably will. Some of my readers have been using hairdryers with good success. Have fun with your project!
I have used this idea in the past and it is still a favorite of mine, wanted to ask i love your graphic but would like to use it with different words but the same font as you used. Any chance you could share the file without the words? Also any chance you could let us know what font you used? thank you in advance, love your candles.
Hi Denise. Like you, I love this project. I don’t have the graphic without the words though:( I made it using PicMonkey I think it was with the free version at the time. You can find it at pickmonkey.com if you’re not familiar with it. I believe the components were the wreath, font and a few other small items like pinecones from the graphic library. I don’t remember the font, but you’ll see it. Good luck and have fun!
Congratulations on the feature and thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty cu-rio.net/home-matters-linky-party-65/
Thanks so much Sharleen, that’s great news! This is such an easy project to make, hope your readers love it as much as I do:)
I have heat gun envy! Congratulations on your #HomeMattersParty feature.
Thanks so much Audrey! I love my heat gun. you’d never think something like a heat gun would be so useful but it is!
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
Hey, Wendi! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your How To Add Images To Candles so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!!
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Hi Loreli, what an awesome surprise. Thanks so much for the feature!
Great idea! Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty
Thank you Sharleen:) This is such a fun project to do, I loved sharing it!
The candles I tried turned out beautiful! this was such a grate idea!
Erica… I’m so glad you took the time to let me know! I loved this project and how well the candles turned out! Have fun with them!
This is such a cool project! I make my own candles with old jars a lot of the time. This could be a really interesting new direction to take that tired out craft. Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to look into heat guns.
Hi Gina… They turn out so beautiful, you’d never know they were a craft!
Nan a.k.a Granny Fabulosa says
Okay, now I want a heat gun…
Hi Nana… I KNOW, how fun is this project! I’m making more this year too. I had no idea the heat gun was as usefula as this one has been. The things we learn in DIY… LOL Maybe you could ut it on your Christmas wish list;) Thank you so much for your visit!