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Custom Photo Candle Holder

jessica | March 15, 2016

There isn’t anything that I love more than my family. Especially pictures of my family. So I decided to try my hand at making custom photo votives. The technique that I used is super simple & fairly inexpensive. I used clear packing tape to transfer the photos. It takes just a few minutes to turn black and white, or even full color, images and text into creative transfers that resemble transparent stickers.

Custom Photo Candle Holders – DIY Packing Tape Transfers


-Photos or Text- color or black and white- printed on a Laser Printer or Toner Copier

-Heavy Duty Packing Tape

-Glass Votive Candles

-Bone Folder or Wooden Craft Sticks

-Bowl of Warm Water



Step One: Select and Print Photos or Text


Step Two: Trim down the photos. I trimmed the photos to fit the glass candle holders. Keep in mind that any “white” spaces will become transparent once the transfer is complete.


Step Three: Apply the packing tape. I used a heavy duty shipping packaging tape however, any brand should work just as well for this process. Lay a strip of packing tape directly on your image and lightly press the tape in place. Make sure there aren’t any air bubbles or ripples in the tape- this will prevent the image from transferring correctly.


Step Four: Burnish the packing tape with the bone folder or wooden craft sticks. (burnish= rub really hard) This allows the packing tape to make a good contact with the image.


Step Five: Place the transfer into a bowl of warm water. Let transfer sit for a few minutes- until the paper is completely saturated. Note: Do not leave sitting in water too long.


Step Six: Remove the paper backing from the transfer. Gently rub your thumbs, in a circular motion, over the paper backing. This process will take a few minutes as the paper ‘gums’ up. Continue rubbing until all of the paper on the back is removed.


You may need to continue to dip the transfer back into the water throughout this process.  This is an example of one that needs to be dipped again.

Step Seven: Lay the transfer on a clean flat surface to dry. Depending on the brand of packing tape you use- once the transfer dries, the tape will become sticky again.


Step Eight: Adhere the finished transfer.

If you are not going to be using the transfers right away, they can be stored on a sheet of wax paper. Hope you try this and enjoy the results as much as we do.





  • Jackie Minniti March 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Beautiful!! Can’t wait to try this with pics of my grandbabies. Thanks for the tip!

  • Stacey Scott March 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    You will probably never see this email as I am sure you get plenty! I think you guys are so stinking awesome. We watch every episode and re-play them. The love that you all have for others is priceless. My husband and I both cried when you adopted baby Gus. Such a beautiful blessed family. Wish you nothing but the best of GOD ‘s blessings on you and your entire precious family..

  • Pam March 15, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Jessica, this sounds like a fun project!! Thanks for sharing! xo

  • Pam March 15, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Jessica – Just found your blog while looking at your jewelry last night. I love the jewelry and I also love this DIY candle holder. Looks great!!! I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing
    God Bless You and All Your Family
    PS – Gus is adorable and such a lucky little fella to have YOU in his life!!

  • Brenda March 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I love this! Love simple craft ideas. Thanks Jessica. Blessings to you and family

  • Tiffany March 15, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Oh that’s so cool! I was looking into this on pinterest the other day but the way they described it was much more difficult. I’m not super good at crafts but I love photos, especially ones of my family. I have been trying to come up with gifts to create using all the photos that I have. Thank you Jessica! I’m gonna try this one… (:

  • Jill March 20, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    I loved the idea of the custom candle holder, but am having trouble with the ink bleeding off the tape also. Any ideas what is wrong? Thanks

  • Kimmi Giglio March 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!

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