Day 5: Easy print candles

PB newsprint candles I needed a quick & easy project today – so here’s a 5 minute candle upgrade that just adds a little something extra…. and the fact that it’s a Pottery Barn inspired project just makes it even more fun :) I love these newsprint candles – but at $16.50 for the small one, I thought it was just a tad bit pricy. Since I keep a good supply of $1.50 each pillar candles, I thought it might be fun to see if I could save $15. I’ve seen this technique before, but I have no idea where (it’s been ages ago…. if you know where it came from let me know and I will gladly give credit where credit is due.)Printed Candle Supplies I used a candle, some tissue paper, some card stock, tape, a push pin, scissors, a hair dryer, my printer & computer. First I found a dictionary printable at Graphics Fairy. This particular one had bats on the page, so it was kinda Halloweenish. And, I had all of it on hand – loveeee use what you have projects!
printed candles paper I taped & trimmed the tissue paper to fit the card stock, so that when I ran it through the printer, then I could have the print on the tissue paper.
Print on tissue paper I cropped the graphic so it would print only a portion of the page, landscape direction. Now it it long enough to wrap around the candle.
Pottery Barn Imitation project Next I trimmed the page to wrap around the candle and used a push pin to hold it into place.
Easy decorating idea Using the hair dryer, blow directly through the paper towards the candle. You want to slightly melt the wax so that it will grab the paper. It only takes a few minutes and you’ll see the melted wax adhere to the paper.
pottery barn knock off candle And then you have a dictionary candle… easy, huh? I guess you’re getting tired of me being all sneaky and hiding the whole mantle – only 2 more days until the big reveal….

See ya later for Transformation Thursday!
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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Great idea, I love it so easy but it looks fantastic and is so much cheaper!

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  2. Your newsprint candles look great and easy to make! Much better than paying $16.50!

  3. OOOO! I LOVE THIS! Can’t wait to try this out!

  4. Thank you darling Gina! It has been so much time I was wondering how to print on tissue paper… and now I know!
    Have a wonderful day

  5. These are just gorgeous and look fun to make. I just made some printing on fabric…thansk for the hair dryer tip!! :)
    Fancy Frugal Life

  6. Love it!

    Can you still light the candle if it has tissue paper around it?

    • Laurie Fraley says:

      I find it safer to make a candle with a smaller-than-usual wick so the candle will burn down the middle and nowhere near the paper. Also, don’t put near a vent or a window breeze just to be extra safe.

  7. I love this idea! I may borrow this for one of my Handmade Christmas Gifts! I can see taking words that are meaningful to the person to personalize them.

  8. My daughters and I did these for gifts one year but used spray adhesive instead of the hairdryer.
    Love it!!

  9. I love this idea….now I know what every woman in my life is getting for Christmas hehehe! Xoxoxo ~Ashley

  10. Brilliant! I can’t wait to try this one out!!

  11. Wow…that does sound pretty easy!! Love it! Thanks for sharing

  12. Thanks for the quick and easy tutorial. Love it! Just saw these at PB last week.

  13. They look fantastic!

  14. I cannot wait to try this!! I had a candle similar to this years ago, hated to use it but did and now it’s gone. Have seen them in PB, etc but too expensive. Thanks for the tutorial!

  15. I’ve seen those candles and always wondered how to make them myself! Great tutorial! Can’t wait to make my own :)

  16. i love your blog soo much, im 18 and finally decorating my bedroom from when i was like six. haha im doing it all shabby chic and collecting all my furniture off ebay and using all your little tricks to make it look amazing! keep posting i love itxxxxxxx

  17. I love this! It’s probably one of my favorite projects recently.

  18. I love this Gina!

  19. Ok that is too cool, I can’t wait to try it!

  20. VERY cool! Love it!!! I am a fellow 31-dayer making my rounds! Glad I found you and can now follow you! I hope you come and visit me too at

  21. Gina, these look great!

    Can you share your best sources for cheap pillar candles? I have to do flowers in a big Baptist church. Their inspiration photo calls for various white pillar candles on a burlap covered table, but I haven’t been able to find cheap candles yet.

  22. I’m so doing this. Thanks.

  23. Love the idea! And the results are great!

  24. I think you were inspired by my post on Can’t Stop Making Things. I copied the PB music candles. Check this out.

    (I wish there was a way to embed this url. If you go to my site you will see this on the right column)

    I love the Halloween theme. Keep up the good work.

  25. I love it! Pinning it for later!

  26. totally pinworthy! this would be an awesome way to customize candles for birthday celebrations or another occasion!

    thanks and i’m loving your blog!!


  27. I love this idea Gina! They look simply beautiful! :)

  28. Who would have thought! Awesome project – a definite Must Try!

  29. This is a great idea. I have a batch of candles that I just made that I want to try this on. Thanks for the great tip!

  30. Are you serious? I can’t believe it is that easy! I can’t wait to get home and try this. I’m starting my holiday list right now! I have a candle making kit I can’t wait to break out and now I can decorate them too?? Thank you!

  31. So when you run it through the printer (tissue on cardstock), do you remove the cardstock, before wrapping around candle and heating it..? Obviously the ink side would touch the candle right?

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