- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I hated the idea of spending $50 on a generic unity candle so I decided to DIY my own. While I was at it, I saw posts of how others had also made memorial candles, so I decided to make a set of them, one for each side of the family. Let me know what you think!
To attach the ribbon to the candles, I actually used plain old, flat headed pins. I found that if you held them for a moment or two in the flame of a candle with a pliers or something, they would get warm enough to slide easily into the candle without cracking it. Be careful though, too hot and you’ll melt the ribbon or enough of the candle to get wax everywhere! You can also use this method to decorate your candle if you use pearl or diamond-headed pins.
To create the design on the candle, I designed it in the computer and then (carefully!) printed it on plain white tissue paper. To run the tissue paper through my printer, I cut the sheet to just slightly smaller than 8.5 x 11 and taped it to a sheet of regular typing paper, being sure to tape all the way around the edges. (If you don’t and the printer heads catch on the paper, it can ruin your printer!) Once the design was successfully printed, I cut it out and arranged it on the plain candle. Next, roll a sheet of wax paper around the candle, making sure that it fits fairly tight. The wax paper serves two purposes: 1) to keep your candle wax from melting everywhere and 2) to supply wax on top of your design which will help in the melting process. The final step is to use a blow dryer and direct heat on your tissue paper design until the candle/wax paper have both melted enough to become clear. At this point, the tissue paper will absorb the melted wax and pretty much “disappear” into the candle, leaving you with only your beautiful design!
Hope these instructions help 🙂
Unity Candle Set:
Memorial Candle Set: