Photo candle cover made with translucent paper.

I made this cover to wrap around a glass candle and tie in the back with ribbon.  I took seasonal pictures of the spot that my sister and brother in law are going to build their house on our property and used those pictures for this project as a gift for them.  The candle illuminates the photo and after it burns down you can replace it with a tea light. This would make a great gift for grandparents or aunts and uncles when a photo of your child is used. You could also incorporate this as a centerpiece for wedding tables by using an engagement photo.  I would love to hear back from you on what you do with this project.


  • translucent paper
  • 1/2 inch grosgrain ribbon  ( about 2 yards )
  • glass candle jar

Step 1.

Print picture on translucent paper.

Step 2.

Place picture on top of another sheet of translucent paper and stitch around the edge.

Step 3.

I added black grosgrain ribbon around edge by placing it on top of stitching and sewing it in place. You can glue it but I think the heat of the candle could loosen the glue over time. Fold over corners as shown.

Step 4.

Add ties by stitching ribbon over the paper as shown.

Step 5.

Cut away the paper all the way around as shown.

Step 6.

Tie cover onto candle as shown. After your candle has burnt all the way down you can use a tea light inside the jar so you can continue using it.  The light from the candle will illuminate the photo.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.