How to Bend & Twist Taper Candles to Make Stylish Decor

by Rohina

I've got a fun and easy DIY project for you to turn plain candles into twist-taper candles. With a simple twist (literally!), you can turn your plain paraffin tapered candles into stylish, Scandinavian-inspired decor. Let's get started!

Tools and Materials:

  • Regular paraffin-tapered candles
  • A heat-resistant plastic tub for hot water
  • Hot tap water to fill the tub
  • Timer
  • A safe surface to work on
Taper candles

Step 1: Prepare Your Materials

Gather all your tools and materials. You'll need your regular paraffin tapered candles, a pot for hot water, a stove or kettle to heat the water, a timer, and a heat-resistant container for the water.

Submerging the candles in hot water

Step 2: Fill the Tub and Submerge the Candles

Fill your tub with very hot tap water. Be cautious with the water temperature; it should be hot but not scalding. We don't want to melt the wax.

Once your water is at the right temperature, carefully place your regular paraffin-tapered candles into the hot bath. Ensure they are fully submerged. This step is crucial for softening the candles, making them more malleable for the twist.

Step 3: Let Them Soak

Set a timer for about 20 minutes and let your candles soak in the hot water. During this time, the wax will soften, making it easier to manipulate.

Bend and twist the candles

Step 4: Bend and Twist

After 20 minutes, check your candles. They should be soft to the touch.

Bending a candle

Gently remove one candle from the water and gently begin bending and twisting it into different shapes.

Exercise caution, as the candle can break if it's not soft enough. If it feels resistant, place it back in the water for a few more minutes.

Continue shaping your candle until you achieve the desired twist and design. You can experiment with various shapes and sizes. Don't rush this step; take your time to create the perfect look.

Twisting the candle

Repeat the process for all the candles you want to transform.

Each one can be a unique piece of art. Feel free to get creative!

How to twist taper candles

Step 5: Let Them Cool

Once you're satisfied with your twisted taper candles, place them on a safe surface to cool and harden. This won't take long, just a few minutes. Light candles when fully cooled.

How to twist taper candles

There you have it, your very own DIY designer twist-taper candles. These elegant candles will add a touch of sophistication to any room and make for a great conversation starter. Be sure to share your diy candle projects in the comments below.

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