DIY Monogrammed Candles {12 Days of Handmade Christmas Tutorials} Day 8

by Edie Wadsworth on November 8, 2009

This is day 8 in a 12 day series of handmade Christmas tutorials. For an overview of the all 12 days, click here. For all the great projects from 2012, click here.

I can’t believe it’s Day 8 already. And I can’t believe it’s November already. And I can’t believe I have a son in college and I can’t believe I’m almost 40 years old. Does time ever catch you by surprise like that? Amy from Playing Sublimely will cheer us up! She is a beautiful new mom blogger with adorable kids and great creative ideas to share with us. I think you’re gonna love these candles. I can’t wait to try them myself.

Don’t you just love candles! I love them so much I light them year round. My husband comes home from work in the middle of the summer when it is 95 degrees outside, and goes around the house blowing out all my candles…and I follow right behind him relighting them all.. I always buy candles that have a fragrance to match the season. Year round, I just cannot get enough of them. Well you can imagine my delight when I learned to paint and monogram candles. These lovelies make beautiful gifts: birthdays, baby showers, Christmas, weddings, etc.. Here is what you are going to need:

Glass and Tile medium, black acrylic craft paint, and a tiny paint brush

A candle (my current favorite is this brand from Bed, Bath and Beyond). Candle manufactures come and go, as soon as I fall in love with one they will stop making it. Try out a few and see what works best for you. There are lots of great, affordable candles out there.
Now that you have your materials, print out a letter (or letter’s’ if you would like a triple monogram) off the computer in the font that you would like for your monogram. Position and center the letter on the candle. Hold the letter in place and trace the letter onto the candle with light, but firm pressure. I like to use the point of a mechanical pencil for this step because it carves a thin line onto the surface of the candle. Remember, some candles are softer than others, so take care to not press too hard which would result in large, deep lines in the candle.

Next, paint on a very thin coat of the Glass and Tile Medium over the monogram on the candle as shown below. This coat will dry slightly “milky” so be sure to use a thin coat. Allow about 15 or 20 minutes to dry.

Using your thin paint brush, paint over your carved letter with black paint. Keep your hand as steady as you can, and paint the letter to look as much like the letter you printed off the computer as possible.

Once you are satisfied, allow the paint to dry for at least 30 minutes before wrapping the candle. These candles look lovely wrapped in clear plastic cellophane wrap, tied up with festive ribbon. I keep lots of ribbon on hand, by simply changing the ribbon it becomes a great, unique gift for lots of different occasions.

Don’t be afraid, you can do this! This is a simple way to create lots of affordable and personal gifts. People will love receiving them and they will enjoy many hours of the calming serenity that candlelight can bring into a home. Have fun!
Blessings to you all,

Click here to hear all about the square dance I went to this weekend!

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1 southerninspiration November 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Ooooh, aahhhhhh, thanks for a GREAT idea!



2 marty (A Stroll Thru Life) November 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

What a fabulous idea. Now if my hand is just that steady I might get some done. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs, Marty


3 Jacquelin November 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm



4 Bella Art Girl November 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I like this idea and my mind started thinking about things you coudl do. I had one question…why do you use the tile & glass medium for the candle? Is it to make the candle surface ready to paint on and adhere? Just curious. Thanks for the simple and good tutorial.


5 cheri November 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Very elegant. These would make great hostess gifts!

And in the same vein of the beginning of your post…no, I can't believe it is November, I'm not even sure where September went…nor can I believe I am 55, an empty-nester, a granny….


6 BlueCastle November 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Thank you for sharing this – it's so pretty and such a great gift idea!


7 jubilee November 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm

loving this chic and affordable gift idea!


8 Jennifer Poppy November 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

L.O.V.E. IT!!!


9 Randi November 8, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Love this idea – thanks so much for the tutorial!


10 hthr November 8, 2009 at 7:07 pm

That is GREAT!! These things cost a small fortune in the little boutiques in my town! And as the wife of a graphic designer, I am picky about the fonts! ;) Love it! Thanks!


11 Cate November 8, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Fantastic idea – so simple, but with the wrapping, a lovely gift!



12 Melissa Stover November 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

i won one of these off her blog and it was so nice! it is a great idea.


13 Mandi @ Finding Home November 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

I love this idea!! I love candles too and definatly want to make some to give away and decorate my home with. Thanks!


14 Laura November 9, 2009 at 12:13 am

What a cute idea! I am definitely going to give this (and the coasters) a try!


15 Donna November 9, 2009 at 12:17 am

just found your blog…love this idea! Can't wait to read more…the "homeschooling" issue is something that keeps popping up for me…so I can't wait to read all about your journey!


16 Preppy 101 November 9, 2009 at 12:24 am

OH this is great!! Thank you!! xoxo


17 Love Being a Nonny November 9, 2009 at 12:31 am

I am going to try this!


18 Sarah November 9, 2009 at 1:04 am

Great idea. I can't wait to give it a try!
God's blessings, Sarah :D


19 Amanda @ Serenity Now November 9, 2009 at 1:34 am

Lovely!! This is a great gift idea. :)


20 Sandy November 9, 2009 at 1:39 am

Just found your blog. Very creative and lots of great ideas! What a great family you have.


21 Angie November 9, 2009 at 3:17 am

I LOVE this one!!!


22 do it yourselfer November 9, 2009 at 3:51 am

Fabulous! I am going to be making some serious crafty gifts this year! These are great!


23 Carolyn November 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm

ah! you are a genius!


24 Kimm at Reinvented November 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Oh my, candles AND monograms. I. am. in. love. Thanks for sharing the technique!


25 Donna November 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Love it! I think I can actually do this one!


26 Tracychele @ The Week-Ender November 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Ohh! I am so glad I came here from Itssoverycheri! I love the painted candle idea! Thanks for sharing!


27 Katie November 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Oooh that candle is beautiful! I spelled out FALL in candles using the same technique but I hadn't thought of adding a monogram and giving it as a gift! Thanks for the great idea!


28 ahmedhany November 29, 2009 at 2:47 am

Thank you more ideas of new and exciting
I myself had learned and I wish you luck and success


29 Pat July 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I’m a candleholic so this really speaks to me! Thank you so much for sharing…now to see how steady my hand is. :-)


30 Brenda White May 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Beautiful! I love your process and adding the lettering to the candle is detail that pulls it all together. 


31 Katy Frame December 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm

This is such an awesome gift! Such a big impact for not much time or money! Definitely going to try this. :) TFS!


32 Katy Frame December 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm

This is such an awesome gift! Such a big impact for not much time or money! Definitely going to try this. :) TFS!


33 Misti Greathouse November 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

What font is that “A”?


34 Becky King November 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

I couldn’t find Glass and Tile. I tried Walmart, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. So I bought something called “Sealer.” It didn’t work and the paint didn’t adhere to the candle well and it doesn’t look good at all. I used acrylic paint but it’s glossy. So what went wrong? The sealer or the paint? And where can I find the Glass and Tile?

Misti, the font looks a lot like Edwardian Script but it seems to be a little fancier.


35 bev December 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm

you can order the glass and tile medium at amazon at this link…


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37 cynthia jackson December 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

I think this wonderful!! I always love to make simple, and handmade gifts too.


38 Jennette April 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

I love this tutorial! I was wondering can you use any stencil on the candles, my sister loves fairies and I would love to do a silhouette of one for her. I was wondering if there would be any issues if it was larger than a letter on the candle and would the effect be the same. Thanks so much for this craft. I will use it forever.


39 Julia December 15, 2014 at 6:50 am

These would make great handmade gifts. The candles are lovely. Thanks for the tutorial.


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