The Pintester Takes on DIY Candle Designs

This post about decorating candles got pinned and captioned improperly a whole bunch on Pinterest, but it turns out that there actually are real working instructions.

Contrary to weird Pinterest captions, you do not draw on the wax paper, or draw on the candle, or draw a design backwards and then iron it on, or any of that other stupid shit.

The blog post clearly instructs you to draw the design on tissue paper, just the way you want it to appear (not mirrored). Sounded easy enough, so I gathered my materials.


First, I taped a piece of tissue paper about the size of my candle to a piece of regular paper. This step is only so the design won’t bleed through the tissue paper onto, like, your kitchen table or your pants. You’re welcome.

tissue paper

The blog post then tells you to go find some cute kids to draw a design on your paper. I don’t have any cute kids, but I am resourceful, so I recruited my husband.


(Yes, the scenic view from our living room is of dumpsters. You get used to it.)

Guess what he drew.



So I cut out the design and prepared to adhere it to the candle.


Here’s the step where it got creative on Pinterest. Despite what you may have seen in the caption of this pin, here is what you really do: You place the tissue paper on the candle where you want it to go. You wrap a piece of wax paper around the whole thing. You heat it with a heat gun.

So I did that, except I didn’t have a heat gun. I panicked momentarily, but then I realized I have a heated implement which blows hot air, and it was probably close enough.

hair dryer

I crossed my fingers and blasted the candle for half a minute or so with heat from my very old and relatively cheap hair dryer. Ok, well, I didn’t really cross my fingers because my damn hands were full. It’s a figure of speech, people. Jeez.

And you know what? It worked! The tissue paper (the whole chunk of it, not just the ink) adhered to the candle! Amazeballs.

And now I have this lovely gift for someone very special… I just have to decide who… Maybe a teenager. I could incorporate an object lesson about the dangers of unprotected sex, and then light the candle and say, “Now do you want your penis to feel like it’s on fire? No? Then use condoms.”

And all of Sonja’s nephews lived happily ever after. The end.


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16 Responses to The Pintester Takes on DIY Candle Designs

  1. Smartiepants says:

    I’m pretty sure there’s a blow job joke in there somewhere…

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  3. Diana says:

    So hilarious! You’re the best!


  4. Colleen says:

    I’m seriously laughing 1/2 hour after originally seeing this!

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  6. STEPHANI says:

    CUTE idea!!! thanks for sharing!!! Although, I can’t believe she used the drawing her husband had drawn. Surely she knows what everyone is gonna think it looks like.. I would’ve made him draw something else.

  7. Heather says:

    I remember in the 80’s my mom went to a craft party where they used party napkins, glue and glitter to make decorated candles. This seems so much easier! I just may have to recruit my kids to draw me something…

  8. Jackie says:

    bahaha I showed my husband and he laughed. SUCH a man thing to do. Love it!

  9. Frankye B says:

    well, there a new twist for bachelorette gifts

  10. Melissa says:

    LOL.. Loved it, made sure to show this one to the hubby, he laughed also! Lesson learned from this, never let hubby draw for me. ;)

  11. Laura says:

    I did not expect the language and crudeness of this crafting blog. Bad taste!

  12. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive
    a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.

    My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views.
    I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  13. Atlanta says:

    Just wondering what happens once you use it? Would the design melt quicker or slower or something else? Also would I be able to use something else other then wax paper like baking paper? Cause I don’t even know where I can get wax paper from

  14. TISH says:

    I almost got busted at work from laughing so hard.. Thanks..

  15. omg. hilarious! thanks <3

  16. Tammie says:

    will it work with colored tissue paper as well as colored candles? or does it have to be white tissue paper and white candle?

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