How To Make Your Own Photo Candle

Personalized photo gifts are always a great holiday choice—ideal for mom or dad to take to the office or for grandparents or other family members, especially those who live far away.

If this has been your go-to gift for years now though, you’re probably sick of ordering the same old photo calendars or family portrait mugs year after year. Want to switch up your photo gift with something fun and totally unexpected—and save a little money in the process? If your answer is yes, you have to try making your own photo candle at home.

All you need are plain candles, the photo you want to print onto those candles, tracing paper, a blowdryer—and about 10-15 minutes! You can use a photograph by directly printing your image onto the tracing paper, or you can get creative and draw your own design onto the tracing paper as well, (this is a great way to kid the kids involved). What’s Up Moms gives a great tutorial on how to make these easy candles.

This gift is great for grandparents or other family members as well, and you can even make more than one candle that can be placed next to each other. Feel free to get creative and even draw your own designs around a photo to spice the candle up.

If this sounds like a great gift idea to you, check out the video above for a visual step-by-step guide!


Christmas Craft: How To Make A Fishbowl Snowman

I saw this adorable Christmas decoration while visiting a friend’s house last year during the holidays. And I thought to myself: “That craft looks so simple, I could make it! Heck, even my husband could do it!”

So this year, we’re making one, and you totally should, too! We found a similar craft at the Smart School House. Here are the materials needed, along with assembly instructions and a quick video in case you’re more of a visual learner. Enjoy—and Happy Holidays!

Materials Needed

  • 3 fishbowls (1 of each size – S/M/L)
  • 1-2 bags of fake snow
  • 1 sheet of black foam crafting paper
  • Plaid ribbon to use around the snowman’s hat (about 12.5 inches in length)
  • Snow village pieces, e.g., figurines, houses, xmas trees, animals, signs, sleds, etc.
  • Flameless candle(s) – optional
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

How To Make The Top Hat

  • Trace and cut out two circles in the black craft foam. Ours were approximately 3 inches & 5 inches in diameter.
  • Using the black foam craft paper, cut a rectangle approximately 2.5 inches x 12 inches.
  • Roll the rectangle into a tube then hot glue the ends together.
  • Glue circles to each end of the cylinder to make the top hat.
  • Trim any excess foam paper from the “top” of the top hat.
  • Cut and glue your plaid ribbon around the base of the hat.

How To Make The Snowman

  • Dump ½-1 inch of snow into the bottom of each bowl.
  • Arrange your figurines (and flameless candles, if you bought them) in each bowl to create a cute winter scene.
  • Stack the fish bowls from largest to smallest.
  • Place the hat on top and you’re finished!

If you’d like to get inspired with more adorable Holiday crafts, pop on over to our friends at Smart School House. Kelly has such fun, clever (and easy!) craft ideas. Here’s some of our favorites:

Snowman Place Setting


Strawberry Santas

Mason Jar Lid Snow Globe

Happy crafting!