Adding vinyl to candles for a custom look

Here’s a fun easy project I made recently with my Silhouette machine:

I showed you this new shelf the other day:

Did you notice my new candle?


Looks expensive, hua! Nope. It’s a WalMart candle that I added vinyl to cut from my Silhouette Machine!


I found this cute letter and square around the letter at the Silhouette store. I just downloaded it and cut it out. It took me about 5 seconds. And it’s darling and looks like I bought it at some overpriced upscale store.


I also found a flourish at their store and added it to these two candles on my fireplace.

To make the flourish opposite on each candle I easily just flipped the image while in the Silhouette software and then cut them both out.


Love it!

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  1. Can you burn the candle with the vinyl on it? Or would be better to do the same thing with paper if you want to burn the candle?

  2. LOVE it! I do the same thing! You could make a sleeve for the candle (like on a Starbucks cup) if you wanted to be able to remove it for burning. Dang, girl! How’d you get to be so smart?

  3. I am dying for this machine. Love the flourish candles!

  4. Love the candles!

  5. I love the monogram on the candle.

  6. OoOoOohhh! So pretty, Allison! If I keep coming over here, my DIY list is never going to be caught up! lol I love your creativity!

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR CANDLES!!! They are just GORGEOUS! Definitely a Luxurious look! Thank you for sharing!


  8. Wow I love your candles they look fantastic x

  9. Love this! It looks great!

  10. I love your monogram and the flourishes on your candles! I have the exact same Wal-mart candle–you’ve inspired me to fancy it up, thanks!

  11. Oh my these are wonderful! I’ve had my silhouette for over 6 months and have yet to buy any vinyl for it! Can you believe that? Hobby Lobby carries it but not in black which I wanted and I haven’t gotten around to ordering any. This might have lit the fire under my rump though ;P
    I would be delighted if you would link this up to my VIP party this weekend.

    Sommer @ Designer Garden

  12. I have a new Silhouette and am still learning how to use it and see the possibilities. I’m LOVING your candles!

  13. What a great way to spiff up some plain candles. I have some candles that need this exact thing to help them out.

  14. What an awesome idea! I’m going to try that out. Thanks for sharing.

  15. What a great idea, especially with the wedding season coming up – a bride would love her new monogram on a candle!

  16. I am dying to get this machine. I have cricut expression, but this just looks soooooo good,

  17. Okay, Allison…Call me a dork, but how do you get the cut outs to stick? Am I missing something? Obviously, I don’t have a Silhouette machine, but I’m familiar with the Cricut. What’s yer secret??

  18. I’m with Karilee… is there a special kind of candle this works on? I tried sticking a test piece to a candle I had laying around and it wouldn’t even stick to the candle long enough to come off of the transfer tape.

    What’s the secret?!?!

    I would love to make these for teacher gifts this year!


  19. I also tried to stick a monogram to this candle with no luck….then it wouldn’t stick to anything else. Please help us with this

  20. Hey everyone! Some have asked how to get the vinyl to stick to the candles. I used a good quality vinyl and I had to really work slowly peeling the vinyl off the transfer paper. I would hold the vinyl to the candle as I slowly peeled off the transfer paper. Vinyl doesn’t like to stick to wax, so you just have to take it slow and keep holding the vinyl down on the candle until all the transfer paper is removed. I hope this helps!

  21. Lydia Alarcon says:

    Hi, i found your (this) blog yesterday. Your above string of e-mails is one year old, but i’m hoping you would still answer my following question. I love your vinyl decorated candles. I want to try something like this but am wondering if the sticky back will hold, or stay affixed to the wax candle? Or would it come off eventually ? If so, how can this be avoided? Any comments are appreciated. Thank you for your inspiration. 🙂

    • The vinyl will stick, but you have to be very careful when putting it on. It wants to slip around. I very carefully applied it, and to this day it hasn’t fallen off. Yes, it will slide around if I man-handle it, but since it just sits there looking petty I haven’t had any problems with it at all. Also, if you are wanting to do a really simple pattern I’ve found that electrical tape is awesome on candles. You can do all sorts of crazy stripes and zig zags with it.

  22. You might try heating the wax with a heat gun after application. I have done tissue paper this way. On tissue paper it “bleeds” into the paper, making it a part of the candle, but that might help to seal it on a bit…..Let me know if you try it and it works.
    Also, if you’re using craft vinyl that would be the wall removable type. Perhaps the sign vinyl which has a much more aggressive adhesive would work better. It’s harder to locate and purchase though. I know some sign shops will let you have “scraps” for free or for a small price. Good luck!

  23. I’m late to the game here, but maybe this will help those of you who are having trouble attaching vinyl to candles. I apply my vinyl to a vellum sleeve that I wrap around the candle and secure with Scotch Magic (invisible) Tape. The vellum shows a tiny bit, but it doesn’t bother me and solves the problem. I change out my vellum sleeves with the seasons and holidays. I’m quite pleased with the results.

  24. Debbie Lieber says:

    for those of you who want to burn your fancy candles ( ie vinyl embellished etc, but don’t want to mess up the outer walls, you can start off burning your pillar for only a short time then extinguish the flame and let it cool. Repeat often for only a short time and then blow it out letting your melted wax in the center slowly evaporate with each burning and you will begin to see a little “well” developing in the center of your pillar candle. After a while the little well invention will have developed until it is deep enough that you can then place either a standard tea light ( even matching the color, leaving in its metal holder too) or you can add a better led tea light into the indenting. Then you can either burn the tea light, or the led candle and the outer walls of your pretty candle retains its shape and lovely embellished design! I have done this for many many years and it works like a charm! It may take you a few times of burning your new candle down a bit to get the depth reduced in the center to hold and hide your little secret candle but it works every time! If you use wax tea lights just throw away the remaining metal holder and insert the next one! You still have the lovely glow of candlelight but your decorative candle will last forever! I have even Mod Podged pretty cards etc., to the outer side of my candles then added a top coat of MP over and used this technique for years as a decorative candle accessoriy. Just watch your candle closely when you first begin the process, making sure there isn’t a vent blowing on the flame so that it burns evenly and level and don’t let it burn so long that it begins to overflow down the side. Just a little while, blow it out and later after it has hardened up you can light it again. I used to sell lots and lots of candles as a Home Interiors displayer years ago and learned this valuable trick!

  25. What kind of vinyl did you use

  26. I can not get Oracal to stick and it is 651…the outdoor type. I have to get these made somehow as I need them for a church function in a week. Can anyone share any ideas besides the vellum… Since they will be sold at the church making it and having it slippery is not good. This is lovely!

    Thank you.


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