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Stamp A Candle – Give The Gift of Light

Stamping On Candles Technique

For a long time I thought that stamping on a candle would be a difficult, painful, or time-consuming process.  I even tried to duplicate Martha’s way (and we all know who Martha is) in which she applied scrapbook paint to a bold image rubber stamp and then she rolled the candle across the stamp.  I figured “that looks easy”.  Well, it’s not as easy as it looks and you have to wait for the paint to dry.  Then I went to my friend Heidi Davenport’s Stamping Meetup group where she showed us an easy and fun way to stamp on candles and, which, I share with you now.  

With all the various holidays coming up and the economy making many of us think about giving homemade gifts, this is a very easy, economical, and from the heart gift.  Everyone loves candles.  They come in so many different shapes, sizes, and scents, and any type of rubber stamp can be used.  The candles and tissue paper I used came from my local dollar store.  You can’t get any more economical than that.    

Landscape Trees (Katzelkfraft Stamps)
Season’s Greetings Phrase (Hero Arts)
Tissue paper of your choice (Dollar Store)
Wax Paper
Candles (Dollar Store)
Moonstruck Dye Ink (Close To My Heart)
Glitter Glue (Ranger or Studio G)
Heat Gun


  1. Tear or cut a piece of tissue paper large enough for your image.  Stamp landscape tree image onto tissue paper.  Stamp phrase.  Trim close to image.

  2. Cut a piece of wax paper large enough to wrap around the candle and with enough left over to grab it from the back of the candle while heating.   
  3. Lay candle on work surface.  Lay stamped image across candle and cover with wax paper.  Pull wax paper tight so that there are no wrinkles in the image and hold the candle from the back.

  4. Holding the heat gun about 2 inches from candle melt image into candle.  You will see a slight color change in the paper as it melts.  Don’t get too close to the candle or hold it in one place for too long or the candle will melt.  When you feel you have melted the whole image, slowly peel back the wax paper.  If the image did not melt in certain places, reheat that area of the image (See, Fig. 5).

  5. Apply glitter glue and allow to dry. 

Some hints and tips: 

  • The cheap $1 candles work just fine.  Many also come scented.  Don’t spend lots of money on candles. 
  • Practice once or twice on a small votive candle to see how the image changes color when melted – before you do your actual project.
  • Test your dye-inked image on scrap tissue paper first.  Some inks bleed.  I tried the Distress Inks by Ranger and felt that the image bled too much into the tissue paper.  I got a much cleaner image with the CTMH inks. 
  • Look for patterned tissue papers that you can incorporate into your candle. 
  • Use brads for the center of flowers as they can be pushed right into the candle after the image has been melted. 
  • Look for images that you can color before melting into the candle.  Again, test the markers, watercolor paints, or H2Os before finalizing your project.
  • If you are working with a large image or several images, work in pieces.  You can rip or trim the paper in sections and melt each section into the candle.  The edges of the paper should blend right into the candle. 

As always – keep candles away from open windows, children, pets, and always watch them.  But, have fun, experiment, light and enjoy your candles – or give them as gifts.   Below are some other candles I have done for different projects.

Katzelkraft Stamps www.kratzelkraft.fr 
Taylored Expressions www.tayloredexpressions.com

Stampin' Up! www.stampinup.com

Outlines www.outlinesrubberstamp.com




Sunflower from Outlines, Tall Grass and Flowers from Stampin Up.

Sunflower from Outlines, Tall Grass and Flowers from Stampin Up.

Snowflake and Gingerbread House from Taylored Expressions

Snowflake and Gingerbread House from Taylored Expressions

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9 Responses »

  1. Thanks for the great instructions, Brad saw an example of this at a craft party and we really wanted to have a go. Your instructions made it easy and we have made 3 gorgeous candles !!

  2. I know what I am giving for Xmas Gifts this year. Absolutely beautiful and the photos look like they should be in a magazine. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Love love love the candles.... great job

  4. Michael,
    Thank you so much for the shout out! I am honored. I LOVE the samples that you posted. Makes me want to get those candles out and start making more! HUGS!

  5. I love this tutorial and the photos! Your samples are gorgeous! Thank you

  6. Very clear tutorial Michael! I did the candle class at Heidi's last year and it is a really easy and beautiful technique. I just read on another blog (wish I could remember which one), that you can also color the images with alcohol inks after melting them into the candle. Will definitely try that this year, and will add glitter this time too. Thanks!

  7. This is great, Michael!! Thanks for reminding me why I have all those candles in my craft closet. Your samples are gorgeous!!

  8. Cool idea. Thanks for the tutorial. This doesn't sound too hard to do.

  9. Super great tutorial Michael!! Your directions are crystal clear and just love all the ideas that you have shared! Thanks for another great project!