How to Keep Tall Candles Straight in Holders

Things You'll Need

  • Microwavable bowl

  • Paper towel

  • Aluminum foil

  • Scissors

  • Matches

Taper candles in individual candle holders or beautiful candelabras add an elegant touch to your home. They serve both a decorative and functional purpose and make an ordinary day feel like a special occasion. The problem with taper candles is that they have a tendency to tilt or fall out of their holders. Keeping candles straight in their holders is an important safety precaution. Tilted candles drip hot wax, increasing the risk of fire. Never leave candles burning unattended, and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.

Candles That Are Too Big for the Holder

Step 1

Heat 1/2 cup of water in a microwavable bowl for 45 seconds on the "High" temperature setting. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave. Hold the bottom inch of the taper candle in the warm water to soften the wax.

Step 2

Push the softened candle base into the candle holder. If sufficiently softened, the wax is easy to manipulate into the candle holder. Ensure the candle is straight and allow it to sit about five minutes or until the wax becomes firm.

Step 3

Wipe around the candle holder to remove any excess wax that was shaved off the base of the taper candle as you pushed it into the holder. Discard the wax and paper towel.

Candles That Are Too Small for the Holder

Step 1

Cut a three-inch wide strip of aluminum foil. Fold the foil three times to create an inch-wide strip.

Step 2

Wrap the 1-inch-wide folded foil strip around the bottom inch of the taper candle. Insert the taper into the holder to determine if you've used enough or too much foil to widen the base. Adjust accordingly by adding more foil or removing foil to give the taper a secure fit.

Step 3

Light the candle and hold it over the inside of the candle holder to allow a few drops of melted wax to fall into the bottom of the candle holder. Immediately blow out the flame and place the candle into the holder so the melted wax in the bottom can help secure the candle in a straight position.


If a candle base is too big for the holder, you can shave a little at a time from around the base using a paring knife, checking often to get the correct fit.

To help candles stand straight, secure them in the holder with sticky wax, also called tacky wax.