Transfer Art Candles

Transfer Art Candles

Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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  • White pillar candles
  • Sharpie® markers, assorted colors
  • White tissue paper
  • Wax paper
  • Plain white computer paper, 1 piece for each candle
  • Scissors
  • Heat gun or hair dryer
  • Scotch® tape


Read through the directions before starting & use the photo as a guide.

1. Cut a piece of tissue paper the height of the candle and long enough to wrap around the candle.
2. Tape the tissue paper down onto the piece of white paper. This will secure the tissue paper when drawing. The markers will also bleed through the tissue paper so the paper helps to absorb the excess ink.
3. Draw or write a message onto tissue paper using various colors of Sharpie® markers. Once desired image is finished, remove it from the paper backing carefully so that the tissue paper does not rip.
4. Using scissors, cut around the outside of the design, cutting about 1/4" around the drawing.
5. Lay the tissue paper design onto candle, lining it up and wrapping it all the way around.
6. Wrap a piece of wax paper around candle. Tear it off so that 2" overlap the other side. Secure with tape. Lay the candle on its side and starting at one end heat the candle with hair dryer or heat gun. Keep the heat element moving so that it doesn’t melt the candle. Heat the candle up only enough to fuse the tissue paper into the wax. As the heat is run over the design, it will start to become brighter. If using a hair dryer, it will take a bit longer for the bond to occur, but it is important to keep the heat moving and to keep hands clear of the heat source.
7. When the candle is still warm but out of direct heat, smooth over the wax paper by hand to ensure the paper is smooth and the bond is tight. Pull back the wax paper once all the tissue paper is adhered. Check the edges and if it is not fully adhered, repeat heating the candle until all of the design is adhered.