DIY Bollywood Inspired Candles

diy bollywood inspired candles, made with tissue paperI 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!DIY Bollywood Inspired Candles, Pink Chai Living

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 
Scotch tape
Wax paper

Inkjet printer
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 bollywood inspired candle, using tissue paper transfer method

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.

diy bollywood inspired candleMy printer is a Cannon Pixma MG6420 and I had no issues with it at all. Of course use your discretion on this, but I think as long as you only use one sheet of tissue your printer should be bollywood inspired candle

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. diy bollywood inspired candle, using tissue paper transferJust 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.

diy bollywood inspired candleIf you decide to try your hand at this project be sure to send me a pic, or tag me on social media – would love to see what you come up with!

PS: If you like this project check out my Bollywood Inspired Canvas Art and Phulkari Print Coasters.

 Images by: Aziz Dhamani


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