How to Make Swirled Candles

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How to Make Swirled Candles
You can make multicoloured, swirled candles at home. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

If you are looking for a decorative way to spice up a room in your home, coloured candles are an accessory you can use to create warmth and depth in almost any space. In some cases, purchasing candles from department stores can be expensive, but making your own candles can be a cheaper alternative. Candle making at home is a popular hobby that gives you the liberty to colour and shape your candles exactly the way you want.

Instead of using just one colour, you can create multicoloured candles by using cutting techniques and twisting the wax using your hands. No two candles will look the same, and you can experiment with different colours.

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Things you need

  • Small triangular piece of plywood
  • Two large coffee cans
  • Two old cooking pots
  • Candle colours
  • Candle wax
  • Candle wick
  • Wooden spoon
  • Knife
  • Stove

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  1. 1

    Soak the plywood in cold water for 30 minutes. The plywood should be triangle-shaped with the longest side measuring the height you want for your candle.

  2. 2

    Place two tall cans in two old cooking pots and then place the pots on two stove burners. Remove the wax from its packaging and place an equal amount of wax in each of the two cans. Turn both burners on and melt the candle wax at a temperature of about 71.1 degrees Celsius.

  3. 3

    Cut the wick about 1 inch longer than the height of the candle. Prime the wick by dipping it into the melted wax. Lift it out and give it a shake to release the air bubbles from the wick.

  4. 4

    Place the wick on a flat surface to cool.

  5. 5

    Add a different candle colour to each can of melted wax. Stir the colour into the wax using a large, wooden spoon until the colour is melted and the wax is entirely coloured.

  6. 6

    Take the plywood out of the cold water and shake away any excess water. Place the plywood in one of the coloured pots of wax, holding just the tip of it out of the wax for about one minute.

  7. 7

    Take the plywood out of the wax, wait 30 seconds, and place the plywood in the wax once again for another minute. Repeat this for five times total.

  8. 8

    Take the plywood out of the wax. Dip for one minute and cool for 30 seconds another five times in the other coloured pot of wax.

  9. 9

    Hold the template out of the wax to cool for a few minutes until the wax develops a rubbery texture. Peel the wax off of each side of the plywood and place the wax on a flat surface. Trim the edges straight.

  10. 10

    Place your primed wick up against the longest side of the plywood and roll the wax around the wick until the wick is surrounded by a tube of wax.

  11. 11

    Peel back the edges of the top layers of wax to expose the second colour of wax. The smaller the pieces you peel away, the more coloured swirls you will get.

  12. 12

    Mold the wax with your hands using twisting motions to accentuate the swirls as desired. Allow the candle wax to cool and harden completely.

Tips and warnings

  • Add fragrance to the melted pots of wax to created scented candles.
  • You can burn yourself when working with hot candle wax. Wear protective gloves and long sleeves to avoid spilling any hot wax on your skin.

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