We have so much fun making these hand painted candles and they are easy to make. They're beautiful for home decor, cozy for fall and through the holidays, and make a thoughtful gift idea.
It is so calming to take a paint brush and make something pretty. I painted both block prints and vine patterns on these fall candles and I think I will be making some with Christmas berries and holly for the holidays.
When the weather starts to cool and the leaves begin to turn, I start to crave slower days spent creating. Some of my favorites are my pumpkin flower arrangement, using Fall printables and we always love making these fall leaf luminaries.
- contrasting non toxic paint
- fine tip paint brush
- candle holders
I bought these taper candles at Hobby Lobby. I had the vintage brass candlesticks in my stash.
What Kind of Paint to Use for Painted Candles
To paint wax candles, you will want to use a non-toxic acrylic paint. I try to make sure to paint further down on the outside of the candle, away from the wick, so it doesn't burn directly just to be safe.
The sky is the limit with paint color choices, but I like to keep mine somewhat neutral. At Christmastime, I will probably do some with a bit more festive color. For these, I wanted the beautiful candle colors to really shine so I kept my paint colors more neutral.
How to Paint Candles
Step One: Remove Packaging and Stickers
Remove all packaging and stickers from your candles, as well as the sticker residue. If you are having a hard time getting it off, try to just lightly rub with a clean cloth.
Step Two: Map out Your Design
Mark the candle with little dots to space out design. This step is optional if you prefer to just go for it. I like to make little marks just to help keep the candles similar to each other if I am making more than one.
Step Three: Paint!
I like to start with any larger lines, or outlines, to get things laid out evenly as possible- vines, stems, etc. Then I add in the detail- leaves, dots, etc.
Candle Painting Tips
- Have a couple of candle holders ready to hold your painted candles while they dry.
- Use a very fine pointed paintbrush for best results on taper candles. Thicker brushes are much harder to control on the small rounded surface.
- To try out a paint color, test a sample on the underside of the candle.
- If you mess up on a spot, quickly wipe it off with your finger or a towel. If it has dried, gently scrape off the paint with your fingernail.
Painted candles are so fun and easy to make. They are beautiful gift and make everything feel warm and cozy at home.
Here are some more cozy fall moments that I know you will love!
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