How to Make Swirly Colored Candles

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How to Make Swirly Colored Candles
Making your own candles can be fun and cost effective. (candle image by Lise Powell from

Take candle making to the next level with the use of dyes that can create swirly patterns within the candle. Making your own candles can be a budget-friendly option compared to buying them and can be an outlet for creativity. Swirly candles make thoughtful gifts and can be personalised with colours and fragrances. The products needed for candle making can be purchased online or at craft and hobby stores in your area.

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Things you need

  • Container for candle
  • Wax
  • Wick
  • Fragrance oil (optional)
  • Liquid candle colour
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Vegetable oil
  • Double boiler

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  1. 1

    Coat the inside of your candle mould with vegetable oil so the candle will easily slip out.

  2. 2

    Boil water in your double boiler and place candle wax inside the smaller container that does not touch the water. The amount of wax will depend on the size of the candle mould you will be pouring it into. You can use a dedicated double boiler pan for this purpose or create your own using a large pan of water with another smaller container inside of it, such as a metal coffee can. Candle wax can be purchased at craft stores and comes in soy, paraffin, bayberry and tallow varieties.

  3. 3

    Colour the wax using liquid candle dye if you desire a base colour instead of a white candle. Add in a few drops of the dye and stir to see the colour result. Add more drops of the dye if you want a deeper or richer colour. Add 5-10 drops of fragrance oil if scented candles are desired.

  4. 4

    Pour the melted wax into your candle mould. You can purchase candle moulds at craft stores or use an existing glass or ceramic container. Make sure that the open end of the mould is bigger than the bottom end so that the candle can easily slide out when it is finished.

  5. 5

    Insert the wick into the centre of the candle.

  6. 6

    Dip your bamboo skewer in the colour of liquid candle dye that you wish to swirl into your candle. Once it has dye on it, place it directly into the melted candle wax and swirl it around to create a design. Continue this process until your candle has a swirled design throughout.

  7. 7

    Set the candle mould on a flat surface to harden completely. Allow to sit anywhere from two hours to overnight to ensure that it has cooled and hardened completely. Turn the mould over and gently slide the candle out.

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