I love candles, and they are always burning at my place. Whenever I’m doing cleaning the kitchen, or wiping down the dining table I always light a candle. Same thing when I sit down to write at my desk in the mornings; I clear the space, light a candle, and start writing. It’s my little ritual for making any space feel happier and special. (Incidentally, I’ve also read that staring at a candle flame is a good way to give your eyes a break if you look at a computer screen all day for work).
Last week I decided to try a technique for printing onto candles that I’d seen floating around the internet for a while, but I was stumped for a few days on what I actually wanted to print on mine. I thought about some of my favourite poetry or song lyrics, and finally settled on the names of three of my favourite Bollywood movies from the 80/90’s; Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Maine Pyar Kiya, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. What better combination than nostalgia and Bollywood right?
This DIY needs minimal supplies and is fairly easy to make, you just need to be patient with the process. I’ve used them to spruce up my home decor, but I think these would be perfect for a wedding centerpiece, or even favours. You could get a bunch of your family together and start crafting!
PS: I totally shot these photos over two days and accidentally changed the name of the movie on my candle. I also changed my shirt and my nail polish. Please excuse the lack of continuity – this blog post is kind of like a Bollywood movie!
How to make Bollywood Inspired Candles:
Unscented plain candles
Matching tissue paper
Hair dryer or heat gun
Note – I used white candles and white tissue for my project, but it does work with a coloured candle and coloured paper too. I just found it very hard to match the colour of the tissue exactly to the colour of the candle, so I stuck with white.
Start by designing your sayings on your computer and printing out a test print. Once you are satisfied with the size of the font and how it will sit on the candle, we are ready to start printing on tissue.
Tape one sheet of tissue onto a regular piece of printer paper. Use just two to three pieces of tape on the edges. Then feed the paper as you would for regular printing through your machine and print your saying on to it.
Cut out your saying and a piece of wax paper large enough to cover it. Place the tissue paper (right side up – so you can clearly read the saying) directly on the candle. Cover with wax paper, and slowly heat up and transfer with your blow dryer or heat gun. Just remember to keep your heat source moving around or you’ll melt the candle too much and create a mess, and please be careful! Even if you are using a hair dryer it can get pretty hot on your hand. After about 2 minutes of blow drying the tissue paper will become completely adhered to the candle and you can pull the wax paper off and enjoy.
Images by: Aziz Dhamani