Ok. I made the candle covering you see above, with the black cat. I printed the black cat on vellum paper (tracing paper) using my laser printer, and taped the paper onto the dollar store jar candle that you see. And I think it’s really pretty, and will look cool as the candle melts down and you can see the candlelight through the sheer paper.

BUT, it took several tries to get the cat to actually print on the paper, so I won’t be doing this again, and I would not recommend investing in a package of vellum paper solely for this purpose. The ink takes several seconds to dry or set onto vellum paper, and so as my paper went through my printer roller, the ink actually came off onto the printer roller, making a temporary mess of my printer and causing the images to print in duplicate as the page went around the roller. For example:

Example of a messed up laser printer job on vellum paper

This is what happened when I tried to print ONE spider on vellum paper with a laser printer.

I was not able to test this with an inkjet printer, but my initial Internet searches on this subject seem to indicate that this would also be an issue with an inkjet printer. The Internet suggests that if you’re going to try to print on vellum paper, set your printer to “economy” setting to use the least amount of ink. 

I set my printer to print on “thin” paper, which was the best setting I had, but I have no such setting to economize ink. I was able to print the cat when I printed in landscape mode instead of portrait mode, but I don’t know why that made a difference. The spider was set to landscape mode and you can see the mess that came out. (Also, please don’t mind that the spider has 6 legs.)

The mess in my printer was temporary. I printed a few pages on regular paper after this experiment, and the printer is printing just fine now (on regular paper).

In the end I would say if you already own some tracing paper, this could be a cute project to try. A 7-inch square wraps perfectly around these tall dollar store candles, so you just need to make sure your image will fit into that square so you can cut your printer paper down to that size after it prints. If you are talented at drawing, you of course can also do this project without a printer at all. I am not talented at drawing, but given the fact that we are using tracing paper here, hand-tracing some cute artwork is probably the better way to go. 

(Image credit: my own photo)

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