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Candle painting for beginners

Candle painting for beginners

A few weeks ago I jumped at the chance to try my hand at candle painting. Have you heard of this craft trend? You can decorate or paint your own candles so they will match your decor. I thought this was a great opportunity to try a new craft, and make my own Valentine Day decor to brighten up our home.

Candle painting, or creating decorative designs on candles, has gained popularity as a creative and customisable form of expression. People enjoy personalising their living spaces, and candle painting provides a unique way to add artistic flair to everyday items. Additionally, the rise of DIY crafts and social media sharing has fuelled the trend, inspiring others to try their hand at this accessible and visually appealing hobby.

Candle painting can be relatively easy for beginners, as it typically involves simple techniques like layering colours, using stencils, or applying decals. However, more intricate designs may require practice and patience to master. It’s a creative and accessible DIY activity, making it enjoyable for those looking to explore their artistic side without requiring advanced skills.

Candle painting for beginners

To start candle painting, you’ll need some basic supplies:

Plain candles – choose un-scented, plain candles in various shapes and sizes

Acrylic paints – water-based acrylic paints work well for candle painting

Paintbrushes – small brushes for details and larger ones for broader strokes

Palette – a surface for mixing and blending your paint colours

Stencils or decals – these can help create precise designs, especially for beginners

Remember to protect your work area with newspapers, and make some space for your candles to dry. With these basics, you can start exploring the creative world of candle painting.

Candle painting for beginners


As I hadn’t tried the craft of candle painting before I was more than happy to try the candle painting kit from Fay & Mamie via Cosy Craft Club.  The kit contained four white candles, three paint cones and a variety of stamps for making all sorts of patterns.

Candle painting for beginners

The paint cones are easy to use as you just snip the end off, hold like a pen, and paint your design on the candle. For Valentine’s Day DIY candles I used the red paint cone to add little hearts down the length of each candle. I started at the top of the candle, ensuring I added hearts all the way round.

Candle painting for beginners

The hearts were quite puffy and stood out well against the white of the candle.

Candle painting for beginners

Once I had painted my candle I placed it in a candle holder and set it aside to dry whilst I painted the next candle. It makes a lovely mindful craft as you can concentrate on what you are doing.

easy diy painted candles

These have really brightened our mantle for Valentine’s Day. Candle painting is so easy that my teen decorated her own candles too! Let me know if you’ve tried this craft yet.


  • Reply
    Jupiter Hadley
    February 19, 2024 at 11:49 am

    I honestly had no idea you could paint candles! What a fun idea.

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    February 19, 2024 at 3:26 pm

    Oh this is soo cool! I hadn’t heard of this and really didn’t know you could paint candles! Thanks for sharing this!

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    February 20, 2024 at 12:06 am

    What a cute and easy way to make the candles seasonally festive! I love this idea.

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    Melissa Cushing
    February 20, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    Wow…. that is a true talent to add those adorable hearts onto the cable sticks. I just love this and would love to leanr to do this too! So pretty and great gift ideas as I love pretty candles!

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    Archana Singh
    February 21, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    I love candles and buy too many. However, I had no idea about candle painting. Looks very exciting. Thanks for sharing this!

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