How to make easy painted candles with just a few supplies. They are fun to make with a few friends or give as gifts. The cost for a pair is around $3. Can you think of a better gift for $3?
What supplies will I need to make painted candles?
- Candles in several colors (I ordered them in pairs)
- Posca paint pens We started with a set of assorted colors. I love that they are available in neutrals like beige, brown, grey, and khaki green.
Here are a few tips on painting your candles
- Prepare your pens before starting. This takes a few minutes, but you’ll want to get each pen started before you begin creating your designs on paper, then on candles.
- Once your pens are ready, practice some designs on paper before starting to paint on candles.
- Wipe candles gently with a damp cloth and then dry them with a lint-free cloth.
- When making the designs on the candles, work your way around and then down, ensuring not to touch the paint until it dries.
- Have candle holders or cups ready to place painted candles in so they can dry without the paint getting smudged. It only takes a few minutes to dry, depending on how much paint is applied.
I keep the designs very simple, using dots & dashes.
I know my limitations when painting on a round or cylindrical candle. I keep it very simple and make a combination of dots and dashes.
Are painted candles safe to burn?
Yes, I think so. The paint is water-based, but never leave a burning candle unattended. This article talked more about that.
How to wrap your candles for gifts
I like to use what I have to wrap gifts, and wrapping up these candles for my friends is no exception. I cut 3″ strips of kraft paper and wrapped them around a pair of candles. I then used a frayed canvas ribbon and knotted it around the kraft paper.
Add a simple tag tied up with twine or raffia. You could also add a clay tag. We added a little tag stamped with LOVE on Madeline’s candles for her friends.
I love giving a pair of candles as a gift because even if the color or design is not perfect for the recipient, it’s okay. The candles are meant to be burned and enjoyed over an evening. It’s like a bottle of wine; enjoy it! Drink the wine, burn the candles!