I publish lots of instant download candles in my Download Depot Etsy Store and a free one occasionally here on my website’s printables.

I  wanted to let everyone know just how easy it is to update a dollar store ‘saint candle’ into something beautiful.  With a push of the print button, some scissors, tape and a $1 dollar candle – you can make something charming.

A candle wrap is an easy way to decorate for a party, for the holidays, a dinner table, for a memorial or just for your pleasure. They make inexpensive presents. So let me share with you how it works.

✌ Easy 8 Inch Pillar Candle Wrap Instructions 

Gather Your Supplies

8 inch tall glass jar candle
8.5 X 11 cardstock, resume paper or printer paper of your choice
Scissors or paper trimmer
Color printer
Glue, tape, and/or washi tape
Dry cloth

Optional: Modge podge, laminating machine, Velcro dots.

*Shopping, tips, and links at the bottom of this paper.

These look best printed with settings portrait, borderless and best. Let’s look at how to do that first.

  1. After gathering the supplies, open the intended files to begin printing.
  2. Select File > Print.
  3. In order to get the best print, set Print Settings to portrait.

portrait candle

  1. Set to Paper Size: Borderless. This is very important and insures the whole page is printed.


  1. To get the highest quality, be sure that the Quality is set to Best.

best quality

*Please note these instructions are for my printer and yours may be slightly different. Check your manufacturer’s instructions if you have difficulties.

 If you are having problems opening the files to be printed, you might need to install the free pdf reader called Adobe Reader:

  1. Place paper into printer. Once printed be sure to allow the ink to dry preferably more than 1 hour. Once the ink is dry, wash and dry your hands. Cut out the candle wrap. Be sure to leave the ‘flap’ because this is where you are going to tape or glue.


  1. Line up the flap with the long edge of the candle. Tape or glue it to the candle’s glass.

your candle tape

  1. If you plan to glue, apply glue to the back side of the paper. Using a dry cloth carefully wrap the paper around the glass. Use 1-2 rubber bands to hold it in place as the glue dries.
  2. I use double-sided tape.  If you plan to tape the candle in place, while holding the candle use a dry cloth over your hand and pull the paper as tight as possible around the candle. Tape along the edge. Finished.

 That’s about it.  Pretty easy, huh?  Print, snip, wrap and tape.  Viola.  

*Shopping, tips, and links

 The candles used in these are sometimes called saint candles, religious candles, and possibly known as 7 day candle. They are easily found at dollar stores, Walmart, and grocery stores. I get mine for $1 from the Dollar Tree. Size: 8 in. x 2.5 in.

candle buy

Dollar General


Dollar Tree

As for paper I use Kranes 100% cotton fiber resume paper 32 lbs which can be found at Office Depot.  I use this because I Modge Podge mine and this responds so well to Modge Podge.  If I’m not going to use Modge Podge, regular white cardstock works great and that can be found at Micheals, Hobby Lobby, Amazon, Office Deopt, and many more places. I often get mine from the craft section and/or printer paper section at Walmart. I usually use white, sometimes cream. Periodically I use printer parchment paper on my candle wraps to give an antique look.

This link should give you an idea about cardstock:

If you like to give your candle a shiny, polished look then there are two options. Once the candle wrap is on the candle, brush on a couple of layers of Modge Podge.

Alternatively if you prefer a shiny look & want to re-use the candle then you can laminate the paper. Attach two Velcro Dots to the edge of the paper where the edge meets the flap. This will allow you to take the candle wraps and make them interchangeable.

Here are the same instructions as above but as a printable pdf and as a Word document.

Be sure to check out the Candles section of my store for what’s available.  I, also, do custom orders so feel free to reach me here, on my Twitter, on my Facebook, or at my Etsy if you need any custom work.

And be sure to check out the  Printables section of this website for free downloads including  any candles available.