How to Make Custom Candles With Napkins

Transform any wax candle with just a paper napkin and a blow dryer or heating tool! An easy, affordable and mess free way to create custom decor for your home!

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I'm always on the lookout for affordable and easy home decor ideas to share with you! Whether you are looking to make custom candles for a wedding, shower or themed birthday party - or you just want some pretty candles that match your home decor, this DIY project is perfect. I cannot wait to show you how to make your own custom candles using napkins ❤

I'm no stranger to decoupage and who knew that a package of paper napkins could produce so many different home decor items! I've made ornaments for Christmas, pumpkins for Fall, decoupaged chargers, even upcycled a tarnished silver tray, all with these same blue and white floral napkins! 

These napkins were the perfect find for my cottage style. I collect vintage blue and white dishes, and these napkins are just way too pretty to use as napkins and then throw them away! Hey, if your style is different than mine, it's no problem! Just take this idea and use it to create some custom napkins that suit your home decor style! These candles would also make beautiful gifts for a friend who has a unique style. I'll share some fun napkins you can shop at the end of this post.

How to make custom candles with napkins

I was looking for another way to use my favorite blue and white floral napkins (similar here) to create something pretty for my home. Decorated candles came to mind, but I didn't want to use decoupage medium, AKA Mod Podge, because then the candle would not be safe to burn.

The method I'm sharing today is less messy than using Mod Podge, easier, and safer for you and the environment!

Here's what you'll need for this project.


Important Things to Note:

  1. The color of the candle should match the base color of the napkin (in the picture above I have a cream candle but I switched to a white candle).
  2. If you're picky, look for candles with a straight edge rather than a wavy one that will be hard to match up.
  3. Make sure your napkin is big enough to cover the candle (do a dry fit before starting)

Steps to making napkin covered candles

I've illustrated these steps below.

Step 1: Remove the ply

Paper napkins are usually 3 ply - the decorated ply plus two white layers. You will need to remove all layers until you're left with just the design.

Step 2: Measure and adjust

Wrap the napkin around the candle to be sure it will fit. Line up the top edge where you want it. Don't worry about the excess at the bottom, we'll deal with that at the end.

Step 3: Use heat tool

Using your heat gun or blow dryer, aim the heat onto the candle. Move it back and forth so you don't scorch the paper. Keep blowing hot air until you see the wax melt and darken the tissue paper (I've included a close up image a little further down).

Continue moving around the candle until it's almost completely covered. 

Warning - when using any heat tool, please exercise caution and be careful not to burn yourself!

Step 4: Trim

Trim the tissue paper so it overlaps by about 1/4" on the sides, and leave about 1 inch at the bottom of the candle.

Finish adhering the napkin to the side of the candle.

Step 5: Finish bottom

Remove the sticker covering the bottom of the napkin, and gently heat and press the excess tissue paper onto the bottom of the candle.

Step 6: Replace sticker or not

Replace the sticker (you'll probably have to glue it to the bottom of the candle) or leave it off. If you're giving the candle as a gift, I recommend adhering that bottom piece as it looks more professional.

As you are applying heat to the candle, it will start to melt and you'll see the tissue paper absorbing the wax. You'll know you're finished with an area when it looks waxy and you cannot see those tiny perforations anymore. You can see this in the close up image below.

And that's all there is to it! You just made some beautifully decorated custom candles that are safe to burn! The tissue paper napkin actually looks like wax because it's completely coated in a layer of wax!

This is an easy craft that adds big style to your home!

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  1. I've always admired a unique candle and I don't know why (maybe the colors) but these are a new fave! They turned out beautifully! pinned

  2. Love, love, love! Great idea, thank you!

  3. Great Idea! I am definitely going to try this. Thank you for sharing!


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