When it comes to creating perfect personalized gifts – especially for the grandparents! – you can’t get any better than a family photograph full of smiling faces. Until now, that means one of two things: a Christmas ornament, or a simple picture frame.

Don’t you think it’s about time we found more creative ways to share photos that don’t take up all the room on the tree or the mantle? There are only so many times we can give the same kind of present.

What’s Up Moms did, and she came up with THREE fun ideas you can easily make at home, starting with a DIY photo candle! You might think it’s impossible to get a childhood photo onto a candle, but with this easy-to-follow project, you can make this unique gift in a snap.

If you’re not crazy about this photo candle, try making a photo bookmark for the bookworm in your life or personalized coasters for the entertainer in your family! There’s a little something for everyone in this great gifting video.

What do you think of this adorable project? Will you be making these personalized candles for anyone this holiday season? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

DIY Photograph Candle


  • Candle
  • Photo
  • Tracing paper
  • Blow dryer


  1. Start by drawing your image onto your tracing paper or printing the image right onto the tracing paper.
  2. Once your photo is on the paper, cut it out.
  3. Wrap the photo around your plain candle and wrap a piece of parchment paper around the image.
  4. Blow dry the image onto the candle on a medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. When you pull the parchment paper away, the image will be permanently ingrained on your candle.