Have you got candles in almost every room? Do you like the cosy atmosphere that is created every time you light them? Candles are the perfect way to decorate your fireplace or make your bed look like a 5-star hotel’s room. There are also the ideal means to create a calm atmosphere to help you relax after a long tiring day.
Even better with candles is that you can make them your own and experiment with colours and effects. An interesting effect is the marble one, a blending of two or more colours ending up with a smokey result. Are you ready to learn how to make marble candles and create a serene space for yourself? We have prepared a step-by-step tutorial. Let’s find out how to make marble candles.
How to make marble candles
Candle making isn’t science. In fact, it is very easy and similar to soap making. You don’t need to do much. Just melt the wax, pour it into a jar with a wick and let it dry. However, making candles with a marble effect needs a few more things. Below we have 4 methods you can use to make your own candles. You can either choose to make candles from scratch or turn your already dull candles into unique pieces. Let’s see more details for each method.
Method 1: Using beeswax or paraffin
The first method is to make candles from scratch using either beeswax or paraffin from one of the most common materials. The former makes the candle burn cleanly as soon as you have the wick trimmed properly, while the latter produces a lot of soot when it is burnt, coloured creating stains in the walls.
You can choose whichever product you like. The process is the same no matter what you are going to use.
- Wick bar or plastic straw
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue
- Kitchen scale
- A pot
- Heat gun
- Oven mitt
- 1 clear jelly jar or other heat-safe glass containers
- 1 candle wick
- Concentrated liquid candle dyes
Steps to follow:
Step 1: Make a basic candle
First, you need to make a container candle. It’s the basic recipe for any type of candle. Let’s find out how to make candles.
- Get a wick bar or straw and place it across the top of the container to hold the wick and keep it centred.
- Put a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the wick tab and press it.
- Next, you have to melt the wax. Heat it in a pot at about 80 degrees C.
- Now it’s time to add any fragrance to your DIY candle. You should add 30ml essential oil per 450gr of melted wax.
- Once the wax melts, let it cool to about 65 to 71 degrees C and then pour it into the glass container. You have to leave a little space at the top and ensure that the wick is centred.
Step 2: Let the candle cool down
When you pour the melted wax into the container, you have to let the DIY candle cool until the wax turns opaque on the sides and about 3mm hard skin forms on the top of the candle. It should take about 30-45 minutes.
Once the candle has cooled, hold a thin wire or wick pin (a skewer will also do the trick) against the inner edge of the container and make a small hole in the candle top. Then, push the wire to the bottom of the container. Keep poking holes with the wire all around the edge of the candle. You need these holes to allow the colour to run through the candle.
Step 3: Add the colour
Next, get a toothpick, soak it into the liquid candle dye and dab a tiny drop into the top of each hole. If you have chosen different colours, use different toothpicks for each colour. Keep in mind that just a little dye is enough to reach the bottom of the candle holder. If you add too much, it can make the marble appearance too solid.
Step 4: Finish your marble candle
Get the heat gun and heat the top of the candle to allow the dye to mix with a little melted wax. During heating, check the outside of the holder. You’ll see that the melted coloured wax is seeping down the holes. Next, heat the outer sides of the container. Move the gun up and down along a coloured hole for about 10 seconds. Then move to the next hole. The wax will melt and swirl with the dye.
Keep heating the outside of the candle to melt more wax. The more you heat the wax, the more it will swirl with the dye. To help the swirling process, wear an oven mitt and swirl the jar yourself, or use the pin to swirl the coloured wax. This is a rather helpful trick as it pushes the liquid dye to the bottom of the candle.
Keep in mind, though, that the dye will keep swirling after you stop heating the jar. Therefore, stop heating and swirling once you are satisfied with the effect and feel that the dye is evenly spread along the sides.
Step 5: Trim the wick
Let it cool for about an hour when you feel that you have the marble look of your choice. Note that the colours will still swirl a bit more during this time. Once the candle cools, trim the wick to about 6.5mm above the candle and set it aside for a few days to cure. Then, it’s ready to light it up.
Method 2: Soy wax candles
This method is quite similar to the first one. Their main difference lies in the wax materials you will use. Let’s see what you need and what you have to do:
- Soy wax
- Black candle dye
- Kitchen scale
- Pouring jug
- Boiling water
- Fragrance oil
Steps to follow:
Step 1: Melt the soy wax
The first thing you have to do is measure the amount of wax you need for your marbled pillar candle. Let’s see what you need to do:
- Get the bowl and the scales and measure 80gr of soy wax.
- Next, fill half the saucepan with boiling water and pour the 80grs of wax.
- Heat the pan on medium to low heat and stir until the wax melts.
- Once it has melted, take it off the heat.
EXTRA TIP: If you like, you can melt the wax in the microwave. Place a container candle in the microwave and heat it for 5 minutes on medium heat. If the wax hasn’t melted completely, put it back in the microwave until it melts.
Step 2: Add the fragrance
When you get a melted wax, pour it into a pouring jug and let it cool to 65 degrees. Once it cools, add your favourite fragrance oil. You have to add the fragrance before the dyes so that it combines with the wax. To add the dye you need high temperatures; otherwise, it will not mix completely and create the marble effect.
Step 3: Add the dyes
Now, things are the same as the above method. Let the candle cool, and then make holes using a wick pin. Hold a thin wire or wick pin against the inner edge of the container to make a small hole in the candle top. Push the pin to the bottom of the container and continue to poke holes around the edge of the candle. Then, using a toothpick, dap a tiny dye drop into the top of each hole.
Step 4: Finish your candle
Heat the top of the DIY candle and let the dye mix with the melted wax. Next, heat the outer sides of the container. Keep heating the outside of the candle to melt more wax. The more you heat the wax, the more it will swirl with the dye. Wear an oven mitt and swirl the holder yourself, or swirl the coloured wax with a pin. Stop heating when you get the effect of your choice.
Step 5: Trim the wick
Let it cool for about an hour, then trim the wick to about 6.5mm above the candle. Allow your candle to cure for a couple of days. After the curing period, it will be ready to light it.
Method 3: Painting
Another easy way to make marble wax candles is to paint your boring white candles and turn them into unique pieces to upgrade your home decor. Let’s see what you need to have and the steps to follow.
- Marbling medium
- Acrylic paint
- Craft sticks
- Despicable cups (large and small)
- Cardboard box
- Painter’s tape
Steps to follow:
Step 1: Prepare the marbling medium
Before painting your candles, you have to prepare the marbling medium. Just mix it in a 1 to 1 ratio with paint in small disposable cups. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colours. Use as many as you like. You just have to do the same with all of them you want to use on this DIY candle craft project. Let them rest for a few minutes so that there are no air bubbles.
Meanwhile, prepare your plain candles. Cover their tops with painter’s tape.
Step 2: Start painting the candles
Now it’s time to give freedom to your creative expression. The candles are your canvas, and you are a true artist. Place the candles in a cardboard box and start dripping the mixed paints on your candles. The paint will start to run and marble. Use the craft sticks to push the paint around the candle to cover the entire candle.
When you finish painting, place the candles on disposable cups and let them dry for 24 hours. Afterwards, remove the cups and cut any excess paint with a knife.
Tada! Your marbled candles are ready. Awesome, right?
Method 4: Nail polishing
An alternative way to add marble pieces into your home decor is by nail polishing your white candles. It’s very easy, and it doesn’t require any candle making experience. Let’s find out how:
- Nail varnish remover (just in case)
- Nail polish
- Disposable gloves
- A bucket
- A bin bag
Steps to follow:
Step 1: Prepare your tools
Get a bucket, line it up with a bin bag and fill it with water at room temperature. Then, shake on top of the bucket the nail polish. Don’t stick just to one colour. Use different colours. You can use black and white and pale blue nail varnish. Or choose any other combination you like.
Step 2: Make your candles
Put on your disposable gloves and dip the candles into the water. Remove them from the water and place them onto a covered surface. That’s all! So simple, isn’t it? Let the candles dry for a few hours, and then they will be ready to light them.
Even if you are a beginner in candle making, we promise to make marbled looking candles as soon as you follow our step-by-step tutorial. You can either make candles from scratch or transform your already existing plain candles into marble pieces. Choose the option that best suits you. Once you make your candles you might want to find out how to get wax out of clothes.