Dress up plain pillar candles with a craft supply you already have in your home, crayons! It’s easy to build a double-boiler to melt wax to create this stylish candle DIY decor. Use dip dyed candles to dress up your home decor, or to decorate for a wedding or party. My favorite way to melt wax is with disposable equipment! In this case, we will take an old can from the recycling bin and use it to easily melt wax on the stove. When you’re done with the project, simply discard the can. With this method, there’s no need to mess up any pots and pans, or to buy specialty equipment.
Dip Dyed Candle DIY Project Supplies:
- Darice 3 x 6 inch White Pillar Candles
- Darice 3 x 4 inch White Pillar Candles
- Large Empty Can
- Small Saucepan
- Paper Plate
- Disposable Fork
Step 2. Fill the saucepan about 1-2″ with water, then insert the clean can. Put a small pillar candle inside the can to melt. Turn the stove on low heat. It will take about 15 minutes or so for the candle to melt. Don’t leave the wax unattended on the stove. If desired, stir with a disposable fork to help the candle melt. You can also fish the wick out of the wax with the fork.
Step 3. Break off about half an inch of the crayon in your desired color. I used a bit of green crayon and a bit of blue, to make an aqua color. Stir into already melted wax with disposable fork to mix.
Step 4. When wax is melted, turn off stove. Hold the pillar candle by the wick or the top of the candle, and gently dip it into the can of melted wax. Hold it in the wax for about five seconds, then lift the candle out of the melted wax. Let it cool for a few seconds, then repeat. Set aside on a paper plate to allow it to cool.
Step 5. Repeat if a stronger color is desired. Add more crayon to create a darker color, and allow crayon to melt. Turn stove heat on for a minute if needed. Stir with disposable fork, then repeat the dipping process for other candles.
This candle DIY craft takes about an hour to complete, including the wax melting. It’s easy and fun, and even a little relaxing! Thanks to the disposable tin can double boiler, there is remarkably little mess to clean up when you’re finished.
If this candle DIY project was up your alley, you may be interested in checking out our post on how to make gel candles. This specific tutorial shows you how to create ocean themed gel candles.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.