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candle/ glass candle holder
photo editing software and/or Word
First you should find a candle or candle container that you like. It should be clear, with smooth, straight edges (i.e. nothing that's small at the bottom and widens out to a larger top).
Next, you need to find photos that you want to use and modify them. You should make them black and white, and you need to resize the photos to fit on the candle container.
I turn them black and white and adjust the contrast in an online image editor like Pixlr or PicMonkey, and I re-size them in Word using the handy rulers next to the margins.
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Once the photos are black and white and the right size, print them out. Make sure to give each photo a little white border which you'll need in a few moments.
Once you've printed it out, make a photocopy of the pictures. Copier toner is cheaper and the picture looks worse, but that's the kind of ink we need for the project. If you have copier toner at home, perfect! If not, I make photocopies at work or the library and every so often at Staples.
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Smooth out and press down the tape so that the ink can be picked up by the tape. Make sure there are no bubbles!
Fill a bowl with warm water and let your taped photos soak for 5-10 minutes.
When you notice the paper separating, take the packing tape photo and gently rub to remove the rest of the paper. I find it's easier to remove the last bits of paper under running warm water.
Repeat a few more times if necessary until all the paper is gone.
Once the tape completely dries and you don't discover any pesky bits of remaining paper, carefully line up and press the packing tape onto the side of your candle holder. Smooth it out so there are no bubbles.
And there you go! You can add more pictures or just leave the one.
Add a candle to your container and you have a wonderful, sentimental gift that can keep forever!