May 4, 2011

Mother's Day Fingerprint Candles

A few months ago, the kids drew pictures on tissue paper to make these Artwork Candles.  For Mother's Day this year, I wanted to use the same concept to make a gift for the grandmas and great-grandma.  This time, we used acrylic paints to make a cute thumbprint/fingerprint picture for our candles.

I was so pleased at how well the acrylic paints worked to make a bright and colorful scene on our candles.  

How cute are these for a Mother's Day gift?


Just like the Artwork Candles we made before, these were surprisingly easy to make.

1.  Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly smaller than the size of your candle.

2.  Put a piece of waxed paper down to protect  your work surface (the paint will leak through the tissue).  Then dip fingertip in acrylic paint and press on tissue paper to make the flower petals and bumblebee bodies.  ( I found it worked best to dip in the paint, press on a piece of scrap paper to remove some of the excess, then press on the tissue paper. )

Making the flower petals.

Adding the yellow centers.


3.  Using paint or marker, add additional details to your picture.  I also wrote the words " Happy Mother's Day" in the bee's trail, added each child's name next to their flower and added the year.

Painting on the grass.

The girls made the flowers and my son made the bumblebees.


4.  Allow your paint to dry, then wrap the tissue paper around the candle.

Wrap the tissue paper around the candle.


5.  Get a piece of waxed paper and wrap it on top of your tissue paper design.  Use the excess waxed paper as a handle.

Adding the layer of waxed paper.


6.  Using a heat embossing gun or hair dryer, blow hot air over your design.  As the wax begins to melt, you'll see the white tissue paper start to disappear and your design will look brighter.  You may need to move your waxed paper handle so you can apply heat to the whole candle.

Notice how the tissue paper has melted in to the right of the flower.


7.  Carefully remove the waxed paper to reveal your decorated candle.  You'll see that your artwork has now become part of the candle itself.

Pretty cool, isn't it?



52 comments:

  1. This is fantastic!! Love it!!

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  2. That is awesome! I "pinned" it to do later :D

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  3. These are adorable! I had a similar idea that I posted last week. Not with fingerprints but printed images. I love it when I find someone on the same wavelength so to speak! You can check mine out here:

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2011/04/tutorial-tuesday-candle-for-mothers-day.html

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  4. Your candles are amazing. I just mailed our candles off to the grandmothers in NY today. Thanks.

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  5. Ooooooo I need to try this! Perfect gift for.....ME! =)

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  6. That is SO cool! We made fingerprint flowers on cards for the grandmas...how fun to put them on a candle! Definitely going to have to try this technique; thanks for sharing!

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  7. I had no idea you could do this! We were searching for a last minute Mother's Day gift for the grandmas, and this is perfect. Thanks! :)

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  8. This is awesome, and so unique! When my kids were little we always made special things for their grandparents, like sweatshirts with their handprints. I know those things were treasured as I'm sure these candles will be!

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  9. What a great idea! I love how personalized it makes them. Hmmm, the things I could make with this idea! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

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  10. I love it Laura! I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. The tissue you use it is tissue paper that you use as filler for gift or is it regular house hold tissue paper?

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    2. It's the tissue paper you use as filler for gifts.

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  11. love it!!! Thank you. This is a great TEACHER APPRECIATION gift as well, ;)

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  12. I gave you an award on my blog and linked to yours! You are so very creative!!

    http://michellescharmworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/id-like-to-thank.html

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  13. Too Cute!
    I have given you an award! Congratulations!
    http://toquascrafts.blogspot.com/2011/05/one-lovely-blog-award.html

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  14. Wow that is really cool! I think I'm going to do this for Christmas gifts this year :)

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  15. I love this project. It is adorable. I am going to do this with my children! I enjoyed it so much that I shared it with credit to you @ http://exm.nr/jRe9xd

    I am also a new follower. I would love for you to visit me @ http://www.mommiesandbeyond.com
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  16. Never heard of this before, love it! Bookmarking to do!

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  17. They turned out so cute! I'll be linking from Dollar Store Crafts! :)

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  18. Definitely saving this as a must try! Stopping by from It's Playtime

    Kerri

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  19. My Dollar Store has awesome battery operated white pillar candles--I assume the same technique would work on those, right?? May have to give it a try, as they give of the prettiest glow when turned on. Thanks for a great post!

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  20. Love this, so clever and cute! I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/make-mothers-day-fingerprint-candles/

    Thanks for inspiration!

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

    P.S. I just realized you were featured by our candle making editor too, so I guess you got a double feature! :)

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  21. I love this! I had no idea you could do this. I featured you today. You have such great ideas.

    http://smilemonsters.blogspot.com/2011/05/fun-for-kids-finds_09.html

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  22. I absolutely love this idea. Thank you for sharing. Gonna save it for my grandkids to make for their mommies soon!

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  23. This is such a good idea! I can't wait to try it!

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  24. Such a sweet idea...I can't wait til my boys are old enough to "do art"!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week...

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  25. Beautiful candles! Such a fantastic & mind blowing idea. I loved it(^^)

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  26. simply wonderful!! thanx for sharing!!

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  27. I love the candle, looks gorgeous!

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  28. I'm a daycare toddler teacher looking for new ideas, n love it! I am going to make one for my daughter using her kids hands and one for me to remember my grandchilden.

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  29. These are awesome!! We'll be doing this for Children's Church!! There will be a lot of happy moms!! Thank you!!!

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  30. I am doing this with Brownie Girl Scouts, I only have an hour to do entire craft. How long does the blowdrying take?

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  31. Anonymous, the actual blowdrying doesn't take long (maybe 3 minutes), but you'll find that it takes a few minutes to get the tissue paper in position, wrap around the waxed paper, go over any spots that need a little more melting,etc. If you're doing it with a group, I'd suggest having another adult or two there with additional hairdryers so you can do a couple at a time (especially since the girls will probably be finishing up their drawings/paintings at about the same and just be waiting on you to help with the last step). Hope this helps!

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  32. Love this! What a great idea. :)

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  33. where does the tissue go? does it stick to the candle??

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  34. Student, yes, the tissue melts into the outermost layer of wax on the candle. You'll just barely be able to see it, mostly you'll just see the design that you drew or painted on.

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  35. Hi, just found your blog. I love this idea! I have a question before I go buy supplies--I can't tell from the picture, buy "tissue paper" do you mean kleenex or the sort of tissue paper one would put in a gift bag? I hope this isn't a stupid question! Thanks.

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  36. Not stupid at all, Nanny. I do mean the tissue paper like you would put in a gift bag. Good luck with the project. Let me know how it goes.

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  37. I also saw another way to get designs on your tissue paper. Go to graphics pixie to get printables. place a piece of tissue smaller than your printer paper. tape it all around. Run printed message on tissue paper. Be sure tissue paper is pointed up so it is printed on it. Remove paper and continue as you suggest.

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  38. Did you use paint or marker for the black?

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    1. I used marker. I think it was a sharpie, but I'm not positive. You will want to do a test of the marker you use on a little piece of the tissue paper ~ some markers tend to bleed or run on the tissue.

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  39. My daughter and I are going to make these for our guest this weekend. The moms are gonna live it!

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  40. I love this idea! They came out beautiful. I wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post at Simply Creative Kids on 4/25 if you don't mind.

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    1. Hello, What type of markers did you use?

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  41. can tempura paint be used? my little guy is 19mths.

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    1. It should still work, Megan. Just test it out on your tissue paper first to make sure it doesn't run or tear the paper. Hope this helps

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  42. I just want to confirm - you use one piece of tissue paper for the artwork, and then a piece of wax paper as the "handle". The wax paper will melt the tissue paper into the candle but won't melt itself? So you can remove the wax paper easily at the end?

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    1. Yes, Laura. The wax paper will peel right off but the tissue paper will be melted into the candle wax and stay in place. It's pretty cool, actually.

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  43. Love this idea ! I hope when we try it urns out as nice as yours !

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  44. I can't wait to try this! I have featured it on The Crafty Crow!

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