A Step-by-Step Guide to Making DIY Twisted Candles
From Murano glassware to checkerboard furniture inspired by The Queen’s Gambit, there is a constant flow of new decor trends popping up across our Instagram feeds.
And twisted candles are the latest trending decor item we can't get enough of.
They’re bright, zingy, chic, make the perfect accent piece for a well-style living space and are a pretty awesome housewarming gift (hint, hint). The only downfall? They’re not the most budget-friendly option for a stick of wax, especially if you’re looking to bulk buy.
Luckily, the trend has become so popular that there are now plenty of DIY videos circulating the internet that demonstrate exactly how to create the Pinterest-worthy candle at home for a fraction of the cost.
Just take Los Angeles-based Designer Brady Tolbert’s tutorial as an example.
Or you can check out Flexi Mami's video...
Intrigued? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to DIY a twisted candle.
How to make DIY twisted candles
You want to source a long dinner candle, which can be bought from online retailers, supermarkets and craft stores. You’re going to want to opt for candles made from paraffin wax as soy candles are unsuitable. If you’re purchasing online, search for terms like ‘dinner candles’, ‘long candles’ or ‘tapered candles’,
You will need:
- A tall vase or large pot
- Long dinner candles
- Rolling pin
1. Fill a tall vase or large pot with hot water. The water should be approximately 100 degrees. (Note: do not use boiling water as this will melt the wax)
2. Place candles in the hot water (wick side up) and let them sit for 15 minutes.
3. Working one-by-one, remove a candle and lay it on a flat surface. The wax will harden quickly so it’s best to work quickly. If it hardens too fast, place it back into the hot water for a few more minutes.
4. Softly roll the centre flat with a rolling pin, just until the shape changes from rounded to ovular. Ensure you leave the ends untouched so it can still fit into a candle holder.
5. Still working quickly, hold each end of the candle and gently twist it until you’re pleased with it. Leave it to harden completely. Repeat with remaining candles.