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DIY Child's Artwork Candle

Posted by  ·  December 18, 2014  ·  Last Updated: December 18, 2014

If you are looking for an easy DIY Christmas gift that your child can make, give these child’s artwork candles a try. Easily transfer your child’s drawing to a candle for a meaningful handmade gift. We love making homemade gifts and this candle was super fun to make! What a stunning and heartfelt gift! Really these candles will make great gifts anytime of the year!

DIY Christmas Gift childs artwork candleDIY Christmas Gift childs artwork candle

Easily transfer your child’t drawing to a candle with just a few supplies.

Child’s Artwork Candle Supplies

tissue paper (like what you use for gift wrapping)
heat gun (or hair dryer)
wax paper
glass candle holder (optional)

Childs artwork candle supplies

 How to transfer child’s drawing to a candle

Cut a piece of tissue paper that fits all the way around the candle.

childs artwork candle tutorial

Have child draw a picture on the tissue paper. They will need to color carefully.

kids artwork candle tutorial

Place tissue paper around the candle. Wrap candle with wax paper allowing enough extra wax paper to hold.

childs artwork transfer candle

The next step gets hot so put on a glove to protect your fingers.  Use a heat gun to slightly melt the wax. It doesn’t take much heat for the tissue paper to melt into the candle. The candle should not become drippy. Look for a slight color change and move gun to next area of drawing.  Continue all the way around the candle until the tissue paper is completely adhered to the candle.

how to transfer image to candle

The drawing will be totally transferred to the side of the candle. Beautiful!

tranfer drawing to candle


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  1. Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
    Okay, so I tried the candle picture thing and it didn’t work at all. Did it work for anybody else?
  2. Monday, November 16th, 2015
    Is there any tissue left over that may catch fire? Or does the wax from the wax paper help it adhere to the candles?
  3. Michelle Ramsey
    Friday, December 19th, 2014
    Love the craft but I have a question. Do you peel the tissue paper off at the end? Or do you take an exacto knife and cut the excess away?
    • Patti
      Sunday, June 9th, 2019

      This was a great project for my six year old to make Mother's Day gifts for the grandmas.
      BUT.... My mother in law told me her candle seems to have exploded towards the end while lit. She was not in the room when it happened, but she stared to smell something weird. She found the candle wax all over the counter, on the floor and even up on the cabinet doors right above where the candle was. Not sure if this has happened to anyone else, but please make sure to use caution ( as you would with any candles that are burning) and keep and eye on it.