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Stamped Pillar Candles

by Crystal on May 9, 2011


    1. Cut a piece of tissue paper that will be the height of your candle and will fully wrap around the candle.
    2. Ink up your background stamp with black stazon ink and stamp on the tissue paper.  You will continuously stamp all over the paper till it’s covered. I don’t think it has to be perfect… If you look at mine closely, you will see it’s lighter in some areas.

    1. If you want to “age” the paper then carefully sponge on with distress ink.  I used Ranger’s Inkssentials Blending Tool . Since the tissue paper is very fragile you will want to do this carefully.  I “aged” the opposite side that I stamped on.

    1. Wrap the stamped tissue paper tightly (without ripping) around the candle and then wrap a piece of wax paper over that.  The wax paper does not need to be the exact size of the tissue paper.  It can be slightly larger.  Hold this in place. (To help hold it in place, I took a straight pin and pinned the wax paper and tissue paper together)

    1. Turn on your heat gun and let it heat up for a few seconds.  Then start heating the candle till the wax starts to melt.  You will see your stamped image start to get darker as the tissue paper melts into the candle. (It will look wet) Keep moving the heat gun till the entire candle looks this way.  It should just take a few seconds. You don’t want to melt the candle too much in any one spot so keep your heat gun moving.
    2. Now remove the piece of wax paper.  You can use it to smooth out any possible drips while the candle is still warm.

I added Swarovski Crystals to mine in random spots, I think it adds a touch of elegance.

That’s all there is to it. You can use all kind of background stamps or colors…What a cheap and easy way to customize a candle.

I used a harlequin stamp for the other candle, then added silver stickles to the center of the diamonds.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will try a candle or two out for yourself!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet White May 10, 2011 at 9:27 am

Great post! Not many people know how easy it can be to decorate a candle. Thanks for sharing.


angela May 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

That is AMAZING!!! I want to go buy a candle right now! But I don’t have any background stamps!! aHHH! I have to try this! Thanks for sharing!


Lindsay May 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

This would be a perfect addition to a centerpiece at a wedding..with the bride and grooms names on them! Love your creation

Delighted Momma


Crysta May 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

I LOVE this! The candles look beautiful! Who knew it could be so easy to make basic candles look so gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at Homemaker in Heels this week! 🙂


Patty May 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm

These are too cool!


sandra July 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

hi my name is sandra and i came across your site. i myself do candles iput photos on them i color them i put in vases with lil nick nacs and ribbon. now i have a question have you heard of anything on putting material on a candle for decoration i have a request to make a zebra and leopard candle with materral. i can make the candle and add scent. but do you have any suggestions on how to put material on a candle. or can i just wrap it around and add a lil ribbon or something to make it nice. any suggestions you can email me at


sandra July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

thats awsum i really like that. i myself make candles, now i hv a question is that a bought candle or a candle you made? either way its nice i myself put photos and dress them up with vases and ribbons and lil nic nacs i also do wedding candles vases and votives. i just dont know what site to display them on. do u have any ideas on how to make a material candle and dress it up nice. your work is awsum i really enjoy it thank u sandra. u can email me at


Leah February 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

Just wondering how flammable this is when it is lit. I have been making candles, and possibly opening up a shop. I would like to know what happens when this candle is lit. Thank you.


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