DIY waterslide paper on candles

Easy DIY using Waterslide Paper on Candles

Custom candles make an excellent gift idea. This easy DIY using Waterslide paper on candles is the perfect way to easily make personalized candles for gifting or for keeping for yourself. These are perfect decor ideas for a wedding, with a custom decal on each candle.

Easy to follow instructions below for how to use waterslide paper on wax candles and tutorial video.

Easy DIY Waterslide Paper on Candles. ( inlcludes waterslide paper on wax candles)

What is waterslide paper?

Waterslide paper is a water transfer paper. You can print your own custom image and/or text onto the waterslide paper and transfer it, after sealing, onto a suitable surface.

Any image that you can print, can be transferred to a suitable surface. (High-quality images yield the best results)

Waterslide paper feels and looks similar to photo paper. Waterslide papers are available for both inkjet and laser printers.

What surfaces can I use waterslide paper on?

Waterslide paper can be transferred onto many surfaces, as long as they are smooth. Some popular surfaces, for waterslide paper, are glass, ceramics, mirrors, stones, galvanized metal, smooth plastic surfaces, wax candles, smooth wood, canvas, fingernails, some book covers and even some shoes.

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Some common waterslide paper projects that you’ll find oare mugs, mason jars, water bottles, tumblers, canisters, planters, watering cans, wine glasses, party decor, jewellery and serving trays

What types is waterslide paper are available?

Waterslide paper is available in two colours, clear and white. It is available for inkjet or laser printers in both colours.

Clear works best on white surfaces or light-coloured surfaces.

White works best on dark surfaces but does have a white background..

Supplies List for using Waterslide paper on candles

Additional Supplies are needed if using a Cutting machine. (Cricut)

Selecting the appropriate waterslide paper

There are two things to consider when selecting the right waterslide paper for you.

Firstly – You need to choose the correct type for your printer. Waterslide paper is available for both inkjet and laser printers. make sure you get the right one.

The second and final thing you need to consider is colour. If your wax candle is white or light in colour, clear waterslide paper is the best option.

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If your wax candle is a darker colour then white may be the better option for you. The white waterslide paper will have a white background in whatever you print. The waterslide paper with the white background works well on a cutting machine, where intricate cuts can be made to remove the background but it can be difficult to slide out the background paper when wet.

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Measure your candle and decide the size you want for the design.

waterslide paper on wax candles


Print the design onto the waterslide paper. The printed design would be printed onto the shiny side of the waterslide paper. Ensure you have loaded the paper correctly into your printer.

When sending to your printer – if you have a bleed or no bleed option -Set the printer to No Bleed.

waterslide paper on candles - print design on waterslide paper
Print the waterslide decal design

Using a pair of scissors trim around the design.

Cutting Machine Steps

If using a Cricut cutting machine follow the following steps

Upload your design into Cricut Design Space

Select ‘Print and Cut”

Load your design onto the design space canvas.

waterslide paper on wax candles - using Cricut design space

Resize the design to fit the measurements of your candle

Select “Make It”.

Make sure you Turn off Bleed ( keeps a nice clean line on your text)

Send to printer.

waterslide paper on candles - turn off bleed tp print

Adhere to a standard grip cutting mat.

waterslide paper on wax candles - secure waterslide paper onto standard grip Cricut mat

Load your mat into your cutting machine.

On your On the cutting mat screen, choose ‘Premium Vinyl for the selection of the material being cut.

Remove your cut design from the cutting mat.

Remaining steps for both the cutting machine and scissors


Using a small piece of removable adhesive, such as a Zot or sticky tack, stick the cut waterslide paper into the bottom of a clean cardboard box.

waterslide paper on candles - seal the waterslide paper

Spray the waterslide paper with 3 coats of sealant (or the number of coats your product requires). allowing to dry thoroughly in between coats. Sealing locks the ink onto the paper so that the ink won’t run when soaked.


Prepare the candle for the design, by wiping the sides with a clean lint-free cloth and rubbing alcohol.

waterslide paper on wax candles - wipe off candle

When applying waterslide paper on candles, be sure to check the candle for colour-fastness. Occasionally a candle that has a colour coating on the outside may smear with rubbing alcohol. If you are not sure about the coating, do a small test on the bottom of the candle before using rubbing alcohol.

For best results, when using coloured candles, use candles that are fully dyed and not ones that have a thin coat of colour on the surface.

Let the candle dry.


In a shallow dish, large enough for your design, fill it with lukewarm or room-temperature water.

Cold water extends the length of time that the adhesive takes to activate and hot water can make it activate too fast.


Soak the wateraslide paper according to your product instructions, usually 30 to 60 seconds.


Test the paper between your fingers, along the edge of the decal, to see if the backing can slide off. Do not slide it off, this is just to check it to see if it is ready to be applied. If it does not move easily, wait a few more seconds.


Position the waterslide paper onto the candle in the spot where you’d like it to be. Gently slide out the backing paper, while holding the top layer in place. the backing should slide out from under the decal.


When sealing waterslide paper on candles, use a hairdryer on medium to high heat, Be sure to move the heat constantly and do not melt the candle. Apply heat for about 5 – 10 seconds.

Waterslide paper is a very versatile, easy-to-use product. For more information on How to Use waterslide Paper on other surfaces, check our Complete guide to using Waterslide Paper

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