DIY Initial Carved Candle

DIY Carved Candle | Henry Happened It might feel like all the holidays are behind us, but Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. As much as I love covering everything in red and pink, I find it difficult to get excited about shopping so quickly after Christmas. So what better way to show that special someone you care than by making them a gift? Because nothing says endless love like carving your initials into a candle!

DIY Candle for Valentine's | Henry Happened

Supplies Needed

  • Candle
  • Linoleum Cutter
  • Gold Leaf Pen/Ball Point Pen
  • Tape
  • Design



Step 1

Start by taping your design to a candle. You don’t want it to slip when you draw over it! You can freehand the design or make it in Photoshop if you need more of a guide. I used the unique shape tool in Photoshop to make the heart and Garamond for the font.

DIY Carved Candle | Henry Happened

Step 2

Firmly trace over your design with a ball point pen. This will make the initial path you need for carving, so be extra careful.

DIY Carved Candle | Henry Happened

Step 3

Go over your initial tracing with the linoleum cutter. The line should be wide and deep enough to fit the tip of your gold leaf pen.

DIY Initial Carved Candle | Henry Happened

Step 4

Go over the inside of your carving with a gold leaf pen. You may need a second coat to achieve the level of gold you want. Let dry and gift to your sweetheart.

Initial Carved Candle | Henry Happened Not the lovey-dovey type? Try carving stripes, zig zags or any other geometric shape instead!

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lives and crafts in San Francisco, CA. She started her blog 52 Weeks Project when overwhelmed with work and in need of a creative outlet. When she’s not pinning pictures of diy projects or brushing glitter out of her hair, you can find her exploring and photographing the Bay Area.


  1. nora says

    if you dont have a linoleum cutter and are using a soft candle, you may be able to get away with carefully using a pen cap. you might have to go over the design a few times though.

  2. Laurene says

    What a wonderful idea! I already have a bunch of patterns in mind. I don’t know how you come up with so many unique and terrific ideas, but I’m glad you do. Thank you very much for sharing them.

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