Diy candle packaging ideas
NOTE: readers own let me know that this technique works much better if you use a photo with a light colored background. If the photo has a dark background the tape does not get extremely sticky again, so please hold that in mind before giving this project a attempt.
Alternatively, if your photo has a dark background you could print it on sticker paper, as described in this glass photo block post.
Start by using your favorite photo editing software to size your photo to 2 inches high and 3 inches wide, and either own it printed on a color laser printer or make a color copy of it (this is important: an inkjet print won’t work!) If you don’t know how to size your photo, you can send it to a print store and just enquire them to print it out at 2×3 inches.
Remember, you desire this printed on plain paper, not photo paper or cardstock, and it must be a laser print. If you desire to make multiple candles, you can own multiple photos printed out on the same piece of paper.
NOTE: I printed out a photo and a quote – you can transfer anything you can print! If you are transferring a photo, use a white candle.
If you are transferring a quote or something else that’s every black, any color candle would work.
You will also need heavy duty packing tape (Duck or Scotch brands work grand – avoid the super cheap dollar store kind).
Watch this video to see how simple it is to make your own personalized candle (written instructions follow):
Pull off a piece of packing tape and tape it below across your photo, making certain the tape completely covers the photo.
Use a credit card to smooth the tape below.
Go over the tape a couple of times to make certain it is well adhered.
Cut out the photo.
Fully submerge the photo in a bowl of water and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Take the photo out and peel the paper off the back. It will leave some white paper fibers, which you can remove by rubbing it gently with your fingers.
It can assist to dip the tape back in the water a time or two to get every the white paper fibers off.
When it looks completely clean, lay it face below on a towel and permit it to air dry.
When it’s completely dry, the tape will be sticky again, and you can smooth it below on the glass for a personalized photo candle.
NOTE: readers own let me know that this technique works much better if you use a photo with a light colored background. If the photo has a dark background, attempt using sticker paper as described in this post instead.
For more examples of packing tape image transfers, visit this post at A Piece of Rainbow.
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You will need:
Small Glass Jars
You should get around a dozen little glass jars. I found my leftover (5 oz) glass yogurt jars worked well. You can also purchase new jars in a variety of enjoyment shapes and sizes off Amazon.
5lb Soy Wax
Soy wax is a cheap and simple to work with natural wax.
I discover a 5lb bag yields roughly 20 — 24 candles.
Getting pre-made wicks will make your life much easier in the endless run.
Box of Non-Toxic Crayons
Non-toxic crayons make a grand coloring agent because they come in a multitude of colors that can be mixed and matched. They are also already wax-based, so you can melt it directly into the wax without having to worry about diluting it.
You can optionally add essential oil to your candle to give it a nice scent. I ordered a sample-sized scent pack from Nurielights. This is a cool little company that sources traditionally made oils from every over the world. Each sample only makes a few candles, so if you desire to scent every of them the same, you should consider a larger size.
These are for holding the wicks while the wax sets.
Glass Measuring Cup
You will desire to get a new glass measuring cup specifically for candle making.
Wax is hard to clean off.
3 Quart Sauce Pan
While you can use the one you own, I highly recommend buying one specifically for candle making.
Once the wax gets in there (and it will), you will own a heckuva time washing it out. Life will simply be easier to get a new pan.
The final thing you will need is a candy thermometer that goes up to at least 200 degrees.
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How to make personalized candles
With less than 15 minutes of effort you can transfer a photo onto packing tape, which you can apply to the glass of a candle love a sticker! The tape adheres perfectly, even when you burn the candle for hours.
I used glass jar candles from Walmart that are about 4 inches tall and cost around $4 each. Packing tape only costs a few dollars and color copies are generally around 50 cents, so if you are making a few of these you can easily put them together for five bucks each.