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How to Make Candles in a Few Simple Steps (on the Cheap)

Colourful candles in a table

We’ve seen colourful candles in fun shapes and sizes all over Pinterest lately, so today we’re showing you how easy it is to make your own at home. They’re stylish and the perfect addition to your decor. Let’s get started…


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colourful candles in a terrazo table Materials required to DIY colourful candles in fun shapes

Materials Required:       

  • Candle molds (in different shapes)
  • Oil spray
  • Mica powder or candle dye (in different shades)
  • Natural candle wicks
  • Natural soy wax
  • Scissors
  • Bobby pins or clothes pins
  • Small pot and different glass containers to melt the soy wax

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fun candle shape molds

Step One: Spray the Oil in Your Candle Molds

Open all of your candle molds and spray your oil inside so they don’t stick when you remove them.

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Thread the candle wicks

Step Two: Thread the Candle Wicks

Now grab the mold bases and thread all of your candle wicks through them. Cut the bottom of the wick, leaving the desired length you’d like for each candle.

Melting soy wax in a pot

Step Three: Melt the Soy Wax

Using a pot, add water and a glass container to melt your soy wax. Start stirring it as soon as you see the wax melting (it doesn’t take long to melt). If you have a microwave, place the wax in a heat-resistant container and heat it on medium for five minutes.

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Candle dye options

Step Four: Add Candle Dye to the  Melted Soy Wax

To create different candle colours, you’ll need candle dye. Just add a tiny bit to your melted soy wax and stir it until the mix is even.


adding melted wax to a candle mold

Step Five: Pour the Coloured Wax Into the Mold

Now you can pour the wax into the candle molds. Do it carefully (the wax is hot) and slowly fill it right up to the top of the mold.

Tip: If you want to add fragrance, you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

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Finishing the candles

Step Six: Create Two-Toned Candles

If you want to create a candle with multiple tones, add your melted soy wax halfway down into the mold and let it sit for about an hour until it’s dry. In your hot pan, add a bit more candle dye and pour the other half into the mold to complete the candle.

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Finishing candles to dry

Step Seven: Let Your Candles Dry

The last step is to pinch the wick with a clothes pin or bobby pin, making sure it stays well centered. Let the candle sit for about two hours or until you see the candle solidified.

Removing candles from molds

Step Eight: Remove the Molds & Finish Your Candles

Once the wax has completely set, take off the clothes pin and carefully remove the candles from the molds. If they’re stuck, freeze your molds for a bit to help loosen them. Cut the wick 0.5″ from the top of your candle with scissors.

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colourful candles DIY idea

And voila! Making these fun colourful candles is so easy and you can now use them as part of your home decor.

Tip: It is recommended to wait at least seven days before burning your candle for the first time after making it. They will burn much faster if you don’t wait the seven days.

colourful pink candle colourful candles in different shapes

Images courtesy of Maca Atencio


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