Holiday Tattoo Candle
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Holiday Tattoo Candle


I love candles during the holidays!  Kelly here to share this candle I decorated using Silhouette temporary tattoo paper.


I chose this beautiful Christmas Swirl shape in the online store and filled the pieces with different patterns and colors using the Fill Color and the Fill Pattern windows.  After arranging the pieces on the screen to my liking, I duplicated the whole design to the right and resized it all to fit a 5” x 9.375” rectangle, which I drew with my rectangle drawing tool.  This was the size I needed to wrap completely around my 6” tall pillar candle.  No overlap on the ends is best.

The tattoo paper has several steps to it, but the instructions on the package are easy to follow.  (You can watch the Silhouette video tutorial here for their tattoo paper.)  Remember to mirror any words and to turn off all cut lines except the outer edge.

When I got to the step of actually applying the sticky design to my candle, I just wrapped it around my candle and carefully pressed a wet paper towel all around it to saturate the paper backing.  As the wet paper backing was removed, the tattoo paper was tacky at first, so I handled it gently as I pressed the design against the wax with my fingers and the wet paper towel (the design does not smear).  It had quite a few bubbles, but my hook tool was very handy in poking tiny holes that can’t be seen once the design sticks against the candle.


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It would be hard to get a flawless design with absolutely no wrinkles or bubbles when using a large piece of tattoo paper like I did for this candle, but when it’s all dry those wrinkles are not very noticeable and so worth it for a fully-personalized candle!  It just adds to the handmade charm.  This candle is a flameless wax candle so I can light it up without burning the tattoo paper.


I think a decorated candle like this would be a great family or neighbor gift, don’t you?


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Silhouette Shape:
Christmas Swirl by Megan Hardy Designs


Silhouette Patterns:
Bliss by Digital Pink Ink
Color Block by Digital Pink Ink
Gold Toile by Glitz Design
Vintage Christmas Pattern by Digital Pink Ink


Kelly Wayment

Hi! I'm Kelly Wayment and have loved working with Silhouette America on their design team since 2013 and contributing to their YouTube videos since 2017. I live in Utah with my husband and four kids. The Silhouette machine has literally changed the course of my life as it has turned my simple hobbies into ways to push the boundaries with my creativity, along with innumerable opportunities to teach and share that joy with others. You can find my blog at

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Temporary Tattoo Paper


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  1. Love, Love, Love it!!! Now, if I can get Santa to bring me some tattoo paper! Oh, I can, trust me, I can! ggg Love you Kelly, hugs, Patty

  2. Wow! This is beautiful Kelly!!

  3. The candle is beautiful! I just downloaded the shape and ordered me some tattoo paper.Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  4. This candle is absolutely beautiful! I just got my Silhouette Cameo and I can’t wait to start using it. I have been using my Cricut and I love it too. Love this idea. I’m going to have to try it once I figure everything out. Thanks for sharing.
    Kathy U:)

  5. Would this work with clear sticker paper as well?

    1. Adriane, I actually tried it with the clear sticker paper also just to see if it would work, and sadly it did not. It won’t stick to the wax and falls away from the candle over time.

  6. These are so beautiful! Thanks so much for the gorgeous tutorials these past couple of weeks. These are the coolest gift ideas.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  7. Love this Kelly…you chose the perfect colors and patterns for this to look great both lit and unlit!

  8. This is so pretty!! I really like the pattern. It’s so elegant. And, I love your tutorials.. they are so easy to follow. 🙂

  9. Gorgeous Kelly!

  10. This is gorgeous!

  11. What a great idea! Good to know, too, that the clear sticker paper doesn’t work. I would have never thought to use tattoo paper on anything other than tattoos.

  12. Who would have thought to use tattoo paper on a candle! You are one smart cookie Kelly!

  13. I don’t have the tattoo paper, so I don’t have the instructions for it. Did you print it using the print and cut feature or sketch pens?

  14. esta bellicima la vela

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