Looking for a great personalized gift idea? These easy to make photo candles make fabulous gifts and they take very little time to make!
This is Suzy from Suzy’s Sitcom! As a crafter, this is the time of year that I am always on the look out for great handmade gift ideas. I especially love to make personalized gifts and this week I came across an idea to make personalized photo candles.
We are currently taking a break from traveling and spending some quality time with our family in Georgia. Of course, that involves taking tons of photos of my granddaughter. It has been six months since we have seen her and she is growing so fast!
Sharing them on Facebook is always an option, but how about something that will become a cherished keepsake? I decided to take some of my favorite photos of my daughter and her family and create beautiful photo candles to remind me of how beautiful they are!
How to Make Personalized Photo Candles!
This project is surprisingly easy, takes very few supplies, and results in some amazing gifts! Personalized Photo Candles are a unique idea and sure to be a hit.
What you need:
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1. Select your photos
Choose some photos that you love. In this project, I used a photo editor called Picmonkey to convert my photos to black and white. (Color photos are fine too)!
I used Microsoft Powerpoint to arrange my photos in the sizes that I wanted. Since my candles were different sizes, I needed different size photos.
2. Print your photos
Tape a piece of tissue paper to a sheet of copy paper. (Be sure to tape on all four sides, otherwise you might end up with a paper jam). Place the sheet of paper so that the printer will print on the tissue paper side. Print out your photos.
3. Prepare the candle
Cut out the photos to the sizes that you would like, separating the tissue paper from the copy paper. Place a tissue paper photo on the side of the candle with the ink side out.
Cover with a sheet of wax paper.
4. Melt the photo into the candle
Holding the photo in place with the wax paper, aim a hair dryer at the photo. The heat from the hair dryer will cause the wax to soften and melt into the photo tissue paper.
This process does not take long. Be careful not to over heat the candle because the wax will start to melt. The process is complete when you can easily remove the wax paper and the photo stays in place.
I started with the smallest candle just in case the process did not work well. It turned out that all three candles were a great success!
Create something amazing with just a candle and a printer! It takes only a few minutes to make this beautiful gift. These pretty candles will be cherished for years to come!
Don’t want to burn these unique candles? Use a hole saw to cut a hole in the top of each candle. Place a small tea light candle in each. Just burn the tea light candle and the larger candle will remain intact!
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Suzy has a background in fine art, graphic design and photography. She created Suzy’s Sitcom in 2010 as a way to document new and original art and craft ideas. Her website features arts, crafts and humor, with a specialty in vintage and recycled crafts, quilting and sewing. Suzy, her husband and two dogs are full time travelers, living in their RV as they experience the country one campsite at a time. Many of her projects are influenced by the area that they are currently exploring and the people that they meet.
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