How-To: Graphic Candles for Halloween


I really love to decorate for Halloween- each year I add something special/different to my mantel display. Since I’d recently reviewed Scrapbooking Attitude, I knew it would be perfect for adding a cool, spooky vibe to my dollar-store candles!

To make this fun Halloween craft, you’ll need:

  • Dollar-store candles
  • Scrapbooking Attitude Printable Film & printer
  • scissors
  • glue sticks
  • Halloween paper ribbon punch (I used one from EK Success)
  • black cardstock

If your images include text, you’ll need to prepare your images by reversing them- like for printing T-shirt transfers- or by flipping them horizontally. (You’ll find more information on my review of Scrapbooking Attitude here.) By the way, I scored these faboo images FREE from The Graphics Fairy. She has so many cool images to use, you should certainly check that site out!


Print out your images and trim loosely around the image.

After you print out the images, the rest is really a snap. Trim loosly around the images. and then apply glue to the printed side of the film.

Remove the backing from the film and then smooth it over the surface of the candle. Use your fingers to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.

Next, use some ribbon or create a paper ribbon to go around the base of the candle.

Punch by EK Success.

Using the glue stick, adhere the paper ribbon to the bottom of the candle. If you roll the candle a bit, you’ll find that the paper bends to conform to the candle and sticks very well.

Now you have some creepy-cool Halloween Decor!

I created two for my Halloween mantel display.

Pretty easy, huh? And if you size the images to 4X6 inches, you can get 4 per sheet- and with dollar store pillar candles, the net price is about 2 bucks each. I think they look way more spendy than that, don’t you?

I’d love to hear your ideas and comments!



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7 Responses to “How-To: Graphic Candles for Halloween”

  1. Becca Bodine Says:

    I wasn’t sure how to give the thumbs up on the videos on the left. I found them all helpful. I love CTD. I get to see new things and old things used a new way. Thank you.

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  2. Ashley Says:

    I’ve already painted some metallic pumpkins – these candles would go perfectly! thanks :)

  3. Karen - The Graphics Fairy Says:

    These turned out great!! What a fun project! Thanks so much for giving me credit for the graphics, that was so sweet of you!

  4. Charlotte Crowder Says:

    My EK punches are my favorite. I must limit myself though!:-) I usually use them for scrapbooking, decoupage, and cards. I had not thought to put them around a candle. You can put them around gifts though. Thats pretty as a ribbon. Soo gotta try the candle images. Pretty candles are priced ridiculously!


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