Learn how to dye candles with a little extra wax and crayons. It makes ordinary plain white candles look fun and festive.
How to Make Dip Dyed Candles
- White straight or tapered candles
- White soy wax flakes or paraffin
- Crayons or candle dye
- Old pot, candle pitcher, or clean tin can to melt the wax in
- Plastic cups, spoons, or knives to mix and dip each color
- Painter's tape
Step 1. Cover the candle wicks with painter's tape.
Step 2. Melt some candle wax in a candle pitcher or clean tin can set in an old pot of water to create a double boiler effect. Then pour some of the melted wax into a plastic cup with a piece of a crayon or a few drops of dye. Stir until the crayon is melted into the wax.
Note: It may be easier if you grate or chop up the crayon first.
Step 3. Dip the end of each candle into the wax. Lift and allow to cool slightly before dipping again.
You can dip it a few times to get the shade or desired color you like. However, the more you dip the thicker the coated layer of wax will get.
Repeat with other colors to create a variety of patterns.
Remove the painter's tape and enjoy.
Can You Burn Dip Dyed Candles?
Some state that the heavy pigment in crayons may cause problems with burning. However, I think since this is just a small amount on the outside of the candle it should not be an issue.
You can always use powder or liquid dye made especially for coloring candles.
Also, you can just keep them as a decorative element and never light them.
Overall this was a fun and easy project with budget-friendly materials you can feel good about.
DIY Dip Dye Candles
- Old pot
- tin can
- Plastic Spoon or Knife
- plastic cups
- white taper or pillar candles
- white candle wax, paraffin wax, or beeswax
- crayons or liquid candle dye
- painter's tape
- Cover the candle wick with painter's tape.
- Melt wax in a can set in simmering water in an old pot.
- Pour melted wax into a disposable cup.
- Add half of a crayon or more into the hot wax in the cup.
- Stir until the crayon is melted.
- Dip the top or bottom of the candle into the colored wax.
- You can dip it a couple of times for a darker look.
- Dip the other end of the candle in the same wax or create a new one with a different color.