Mother’s Day Craft~Personalized Candles

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While browsing Pinterest for Mother’s Day projects to do with my kiddos, I came across this fun idea for making Personalized Candles. After seeing the idea on the blog Come Together KidsI knew it would be the perfect gift for the grandmas this year!

All you will need are white or off-white candles, tissue paper, wax paper and the acrylic paints of your choice. You can see I’m not partial to any one brand, just whatever happens to be on sale!


Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly smaller than the size of the candle.
I just wrapped one around to gauge the correct width/length.


Place the tissue paper on top of a piece of wax paper so that the paint doesn’t soak through onto your work surface. At this point it is important for your kids to understand the meaning of the word “dab”. As in, “you can’t just glop on the paint and smear it all around, you need to dab it gently.

Oh good grief, now we have to do this again!”
This might happen several times and may or may not have you momentarily question why you bother attempting crafts with your children…just sayin’!


We did a little flower garden complete with blue fluffy clouds and the really neat part is that the entire thing is made up of their precious little fingerprints!

Wait for the tissue paper to completely dry.
Then take your tissue artwork and wrap it around your candle.
Cover this with another piece of wax paper and be sure to have a nice tight grip on it.


Next, take a blow dryer and on high heat slowly and gently apply the heat to the wax paper working your way around the candle.
I literally put the nozzle of the blow dryer right on the wax paper because I soon realized that it needed that direct heat to adhere to the candle.
You will see the tissue paper slowly disappearing and the artwork becoming “one” with the candle.


And that is all there is to it!!
A sweet and simple Mother’s Day craft which really could be customized for any special occasion!


We will be adding a pretty candle holder to go with the personalized candles to
And I have a feeling these will be candles that will never actually be lit, don’t you?

I hope you are having a fantastic week so far and as always we so appreciate you stopping by to visit us at the Fence today!


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  1. I think I may have to copy this one and have my kids get painting tonight. What a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

  2. This is adorable! Such a fun thing for kids : ) I voted for you too! : ) Enjoy the rest of your week!

  3. What a sweet gift to give the grandmas, they are going to love it!! On my way over to vote for you girls:) Wishing you both a very Happy Mothers Day!

  4. What a cute idea! I love giving those gifts you can’t find a store. I also understand the questioning if it’s worth doing crafts at some point during the kid/crafting process. You are a great mom and making memories that will last a lifetime!

  5. This is too cute. I’m going to leave your blog open tonight on the computer and hope daddy sees it and gets a great idea for Mother’s Day (not sure it will work but I can dream can’t I). Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  6. What a fun project! I miss craft time with little ones. :( I’d love to do this with my nephew for my sister for Mother’s Day though. Thanks for sharing!

  7. ps. Congratulations! Heading over to vote!

  8. Vanessa- What a sweet, sweet project. It is always so much fun to see the sense of accomplishment the kids feel when they make something. Headed over to vote for you sweetie! xo Diana

  9. This is such a great idea- I can think of a zillion uses for the tutorial. Thanks girls!
    xo Becca

  10. What a very cute idea! Your kids are adorable and look so into it!

  11. This makes me so excited to have kids that are old enough to do and enjoy projects like these. (We’re getting close!) I bet they loved it. And the grandmas will too!

  12. What? Oh my goodness, I think that is the neatest craft idea. I just have to try it myself. I love any creative idea with candles. I’m old enough to know how to “dab”, too. I’ve been dabbing stuff on this 50 face of mine since it was a 30 face. Same principle, right?

  13. Such a cute idea…and love that it is personalized.

  14. Love this! And I was cracking up at your disclaimer… I was having the came problem as our Mimi reads my blog religiously.

  15. Love this idea and your tutorial. Thanks!

  16. I love this idea – and the sweet photos in the tutorial! So cute!!

    Let’s hope your family have the courage not to sneak a peep!!


  17. OMG they are so adorable! The kids and the candles! They are so focused in the pics. Too cute…

  18. That is soo cool! And Vanessa, you’re too funny about the crafting with children. I think the same thing nearly every time I do too!! haha Thanks for sharing. I’m off to vote for you lovely ladies! Good luck. =)

    ~ Catie

  19. A perfect Mother’s Day gift, indeed. I love candles!

  20. Those are just the cutest candles ever!


    Happy Mother’s Day!

  21. Oh, my goodness. I can’t believe this! So you didn’t use any kind of glue or anything on the candles? This is so cool!

    I hope the appropriate people looked away from this post, but if they didn’t, I think they’ll still be delighted with their Mother’s Day gifts. :)

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home! I appreciate it so much.

  22. This is such a cute idea, I am definately doing this with my kids for them to give to the grandmas for mother’s day, and it would make a great teacher’s gift. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I miss doing neat ideas like this with little ones!! So very cute!!

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