How to Decorate Candles


Got plain old candles? Not anymore! Look around you - there are thousands of things you can use to perk them up.

Things You'll Need

  • Brushes
  • Candles
  • Paraffin Waxes
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Double Boilers
  • Tongs
  • beads, jewels, doilies and stained glass
  • Use any candle as your base. Find a color that contrasts with the materials you are using as decoration for the most striking effects.

  • Arrange objects you want to add to the candle. Beads, doilies, lace, seashells, colored glass or sand, and mosaic tiles are among the myriad objects you can use.

  • Put a chunk of wax into the top of a double boiler and set the heat on high. Stir frequently.

  • Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature of the wax. Turn off the heat when the paraffin reaches 180 degrees F.

  • Dip a paintbrush into the hot wax and then dab a bit of wax onto the object you want to apply to the candle.

  • Press the object quickly onto the candle.

  • Allow it to cool and voilà!

Tips & Warnings

  • Flat objects look better than objects that stick out and can easily be knocked off.
  • Be sure that small children and pets are kept out of the candle-making area.
  • Don't pour wax down your sink - it will cool there and plug up the pipe.
  • Wax is flammable at high temperatures and should never be left unattended.
  • Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda rather than water if you have a wax fire.
  • Paraffin wax will catch fire at 375 degrees F. Flash points for other types of wax vary.

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