August 11, 2011

How to Stamp Candles

Have you tried stamping candles, it's inexpensive and so easy!

This certainly is not a new technique, it has been around forever

Your first step is to grab your favorite stamps.

I ordered these Paris stamps online from Stampin D Amour, they have luscious vintage stamps.  When I let them know I was going to link to their site they graciously offered to include a free stamp with every order before 8/31/11 Just mention you're my friend!

Now grab some regular tissue paper, the kind used for wrapping presents.  Stamp your tissue paper using a light hand, if you press to hard your stamped impression will get muddy.

You can use any ink, just test it because some will run on the tissue paper.  Now cut out your stamped images close to the graphic

Using regular wax paper, cut a strip

Then wrap it around your candle tight with the wax side towards your candle and the tissue paper graphic underneath

Now use either a heat tool used for paper crafts or a hair dryer and blow hot air over the wax paper that has the graphics under it.

Peel off the wax paper and you have a stamped candle that won't rub off, how cool is that!

This process works because the wax from the wax paper melts into the tissue paper and blends it into the candle

Here's some tips from my trials and errors

The wax paper can be used over and over, just use a new spot each time

If you do not have the wax side of the paper towards the candle you will know right away because the tissue graphic will not stick to the candle

When I cut my strip of wax paper I mark it with a magic marker so I know which side is the wax side.  It is easier to tell when it is coming off the roll than when you have used it a few times

When the graphic is stuck to the candle you will know because you will no longer see the tissue paper edges through the waxed paper

Do not heat for to long and melt your candle, you just want to melt the wax off the wax paper

You can lift up the wax paper and check as often as you like, once you have started the heating process the graphic will not move

You can color the tissue paper before you melt it down, say if you want to color in a flower

I put a garden glove on to hold the wax paper when I am heating it because the heat from the hair dryer can get a little warm

I also did some stamping on fabric, if you're interested in some fabric stamping tips let me know and I will cover it in another post

"What the heck is that"?  

Well, I made the candles to sell in my booth and I was trying to think of a way to display them........ I lost my mind and had a BIRD brain idea, you'll have to wait until my next post to see what it is.....This is so crazy I am almost afraid to show you!

Happy Creating!


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Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This would be a fun craft to try with my daughter. Thanks so much! :D

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

LOVE! Thanks, Carol...I'm definitely doing this this fall...;) Hope all is well!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Thanks for the Tute! I think I see what you made....can't wait!

Rebecca said...

Love this idea my friend. You and your talents totally freak me out.

In a good way.



Karen said...

This is so pretty and something I've been dying to try. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Kathy said...

Wow, who would have known this was an easy project, the candles look great. As for you last photo, call me intrigued. :)

Grammy Goodwill said...

I can't wait to try this. Thanks for such great tips.

debi said...

Your candles are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your fun candle stamping tips.

Can't wait to see what that pretty object is! It looks very interesting!

Theresa said...

Love these Carol! Thanks for another great tutorial! t. xoxooxox

Beans and Buttons said...

Loving these! I'd love to see the fabric tutorial!

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Thanks for the wonderful idea. I just may use this for a bridal shower I'm hosting!

laurie said...

wow another great craft,, you're just so creative,, beautiful!

Passionate for White said...

A fabric stamping tute would be great!

BonjourRomance said...

Great tutorial Carol! I'm trying this one!
Looks like you're having a a marvelous summer creating!

Ruffles and Relics said...

Thanks Carol for the tutorial.. Can't wait to see what you have created!!

Paulette Dupuis said...

Love this, thank you! I have a question, you said that we can color the tissue before melting it; what kind of ink or product should I use?

Also, I am interested in a tutorial of how to stamp on fabric. Again thank you for this tutorial.

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

NICE!!! I thought you were going to stamp right on the candle!! You are a smart chick!
Went to a few garage sales.."they" call to me..I can't help myself!!! Found a smaller chandelier for 20.00! SCORE!
Have a great day!!
deb :)

Anonymous said...

Another fabulous tecnique that I sure will try! And Carol, of course we want to know how to stamp fabric, ha:) I can't wait to see your next post!


Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I'm so excited to try this! What great gifts those candles would make! Thanks for scoring the discount for us. And I can't wait to see what that "thingy" is at the end of your post! :)


Linda said...

How fun! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the great tutorial!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wow!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I LOVE it!

Sylvia said...

Carol, you make me smile with all your creative ideas, my "to do" plate is getting full...haha


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I can't wait to try this!! Please tell us your tips about stamping on are so full of information!!!

Susan S. said...

That's a really simple, yet great idea! I REALLY like your Paris stamps....I'm going to Paris in October and am really loving everything Parisian right now!

Nancy said...

I feel so silly because I didn't know how that was done! Thank's so neat! Gonna do this for sure. And oh yes...I'd love to know more about stamping fabric. Thank you friend!


Erin said...

Thanks for the tutorial Carol...very easy instructions. I LOVE how they turned out and, of course, now I want to try it. :)

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
Does your mind ever stop creating! I love your stamped candles and I know they will be a hit in your booth.


Something Special said...

Thankyou Thankyou, you always give us the best in tutorials. I will try this out for sure. Can't wait to find out what that thing is.

Vicki said...

Great tips! You have do such good tutorials.

Sharon said...

What a great post! I have some great stamps and can't wait to try this!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Paulette, It is so hard to answer people when there is no way to contact them. Hope you read this. you asked how to color the tissue paper. You could use magic marker or a speck of acrylic paint. If I need just a dab of color I will wet a colored pencil. You can add color anyway you like, you just need a dab so it does not run or bleed on the tissue paper


BECKY said...

Awesome tutorial, Carol! I just love how you share all of your great ideas and inspirations!!

It was an absolute JOY to spend today with you!!
I hope we can explore another fabulous place together soon!!

Have a lovely Friday! Can't wait to see that display!!!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

You make everything look so easy Carol! Those are super cute.

Lisa Russell said...

My son's girlfriend just made some candles! What fun! I can't wait to see what you came up with to display them. I love black tulle, especially around Halloween time!

Tynk said...

Guess where I was 2 days ago???

Your booth!!! It was gorgeous!! So many pretty things!

Btw, I put Antique Mall in my GPS when we were in Winter Park, after leaving your mall, and this CRAZY place, it was a house, showed up. I went inside.. there was LOADS of things t pick and to look at, but, EW!! LOL You just have to know where I'm talking about... right? (There was a tub outside in the yard, with a REALLY big dead snake in it.. ugh, I about died! LMAO)


Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I haven't seen this technique, so obviously, I think you're a genius... I'd love fabric stamping tips. I think I can see where your "bird" is going, very silly. Lastly, did you see this post? An old cuff was used around the neck of a jar/vase--it reminded me of something you would do!

Tina Eudora said...

Carol I stand amazed, what a marvelous and wonderful idea and one I will give a try later this Fall for the craft show I will be attending in November. I just love your blog and always stop here first to see what wonders you have been up to....thanks again for giving such clear, concise directions for a craft.....big hug sent to a sweet lady!
Tina xo

Rebecca said...

had to come back and tell you my sissy REALLY DID pull that mannequin body out of the trash. Tennessee has the most amazing JUNK and people don't even know about it!


Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

I have no more words for you Carol...but I have to comment... (*_*) You know I think you're awesome! ~Stacy~ xo

Nancy said...

Thanks Carol, that is so cool!! I wondered how that was done, know I can make my own French Script Tapers!! I thought the Candle was just rolled over inked stamp. I have that set of stamps and will show you soon what I did with them. Have a Great Week~end Carol!! I have to go trase Rebekah now about Garbage Picking in Tenn.(He,he)

Huggs, Nancy

Terra said...

These candles turned out very charming; thanks for the instructions.

Cozy Home Scenes said...

This is a new to me technique, but I can see many possibilities to decorate with them. Thanks for sharing your creative idea with us. Can't wait to see your bird project too!

Liz said...

I am so copying this idea! :) Your tutorial is perfect. Thank you for sharing your tips and techniques. :)


Joanne Kennedy said...

How simple yet beautiful! I am going to do this with my Girl Scout troop. Thank you for the idea!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

The candles look great Carol. Thanks for the tutorial.

Betsy said...

This one is going on my list of things to do. As always, your tutorials and ideas are the best! Thank you.

Marydon said...

Carol,I probably could do this. Love all the creations.

Would you be so kind to (& tell your friends) comment on my BLOG ONLY (emails don't count), for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Debbie said...

I think this is marvelous! I would love to see a post about the fabric stamping, too.

And now, I wait to see the rest of the story regarding the last shot.

Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive said...

I agree this is marvelous! I would love to try this and give them as gifts. Great idea!

Judy said...

What a great project. I have to try this one. Thanks for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

Heaven's Walk said...

THIS IS SO COOL!!!! I just love this, Carol! I'm always looking for new crafts to try out, and this is going at the top of my list! Thanks for sharing a wonderful tutorial!!!! :) You rock, girl!

xoxo laurie

Splendiferous Girls said...

LOVE IT!!! I think I might have to lift that idea..thank you for sharing..

JunqueMagnet said...

Looks terrific.You make it sound so easy I'm determined to try it.Thanks for sharing.

Betsy (BB) said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial! Your candles look great!

Lovely Light said...

Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. This sounds so easy! I love the idea of personalizing candles for the home or as gifts. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

I hope you have a great week!

Anu@MyDreamCanvas said...

You have a beautiful blog. This looks great. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. Take care Anu

abeachcottage said...

Great tutorial and love how the candles turned out :)

Barbara Jean said...

thank you!!!!

barb =)

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Thanks so much for your wonderful directions!


rkramadh said...

Awesome tutorial and I can't wait to try! Just one thing that's not mentioned here. I think the image on the tissue paper should be placed face down on the candle so that the image transfers to the candle when wax paper is melted from the back?