From this plain candle:
First, you need a piece of tissue paper with a pattern. I used tissue paper and printed music sheet pattern on it. The trick is to use double sided tape. Regular tape may not work well with inkjet printer, and it definitely does NOT work with laser printer (which is what I have). Cut the tissue paper the same size as a regular piece of printer paper. Place the double sided tape on the upper, lower and sides of the printer paper. Stick the plain tissue paper on top. Put the whole thing in the paper feed of your printer.
Then you are ready to print:
Carefully remove the tissue paper from the printer printer, or just cut off the sides. Wrap the tissue paper around the candle. If it is not enough to cover the entire candle, print another tissue paper - add it onto the candle and align the pattern. You may use a small amount of glue to hold it in place:
Get a large piece of wax paper and wrap it over the candle. Hold the excess wax paper in the back. This will protect your hands from the heat.
Yes, I said Heat because you will use a heat gun, or an embossing gun (as I did, and it looks like this):
Or I think a hair dryer on the lowest setting will work as well. Use the heat gun to lightly melt the candle and tissue paper together. Do small sections at a time and turn the candle around. It goes fast. The wax paper will become shiny and the pattern can be seen clearly through the wax paper. You will know. =)
Lift the wax paper off and you will get something like this:
I imagine this tissue paper will be perfect for the holiday: