If you’ve ever worked with transfer paper, you know how easy it is to use. It is the best way to trace a temporary design onto a surface to serve as a guide for your artwork. However, I did some experimenting with it and discovered that it not only takes really well to the surface of wax candles, but it doesn’t rub off either. My kids and I were able to transfer our original designs to some plain IKEA candles to make a few end-of-the-year teacher gifts. We did freehand designs, but you could transfer a pattern from fabric, a monogram, a photograph — pretty much anything — just by tracing your design over the transfer paper.
Transfer paper comes in several colors, but I chose to work with white.
You can add a special message, date or name -- it's so easy.
For this project I used: white transfer paper (available at art supply and craft stores), plain candles, a piece of paper, a ballpoint pen and scissors.
Cut out a piece of transfer paper and a piece of plain paper to fit to circumference and height of the candle.
First wrap the candle in the transfer paper, tape end down to hold in place.
Cover the transfer paper with the plain paper, tape in place.
Using the ballpoint pen, draw your design on the paper. I found the best way to work on the candle was to lay it on its side. I also placed the candle on top of a pillow, with a towel over the pillow. This creates a softer surface to work on so that less of the transfer paper will accidentally rub off. You will want to use good pressure to insure that the designs transfers.
Remove the two papers and you'll see your design.
Kids can do this in a flash.
I love my daughter's flower drawings -- they look great on these candles.
June 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm
What a great idea! I need to invest in transfer paper.
June 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm
Wonderful idea! So many possibilities and great gift idea. Thanks for sharing.