Asked on Jun 19, 2018

How to Shorten a pillar candle?

by Cgd32993914
I bought a beautiful pillar candle that's too tall for my glass holder. Would like to shorten it from the bottom 2 to 3 inches. How?

  6 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 19, 2018

    Heat a knife and cut/melt it off.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 19, 2018

    i would not attempt it you will be cutting the wick as well and the candle will not burn correctly

  • Dee Dee on Jun 19, 2018

    Use a band saw to cut the candle or a pillar wand.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 19, 2018

    Use a bandsaw.

  • Amir Hyman Amir Hyman on Jan 03, 2023

    To shorten a pillar candle, you will need a sharp knife or a wick trimmer. Here are the steps:

    1. Place the candle on a flat, stable surface.
    2. Use the knife or a wick trimmer to carefully cut off the desired amount of wax from the top of the candle.
    3. If the candle has a wick, make sure to trim it to about 1/4 inch above the surface of the wax.
    4. If the candle is too wide for the wick trimmer or knife to reach all the way across, you can cut the wax in sections, working from one side to the other.
    5. Use a lighter or matches to gently heat the cut edge of the wax. This will help to smooth it out and prevent it from cracking or breaking.

    It's important to be careful when cutting or trimming a candle, as the wax can be sharp and the flame can be dangerous. Always use caution and keep the flame away from flammable materials.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2023

    The wax should be warm enough to cut through, but not hot. Slide the knife from the side through to the wick, and then cut all the way around. You should then be able to lift up just the excess wax. This will give you a flat surface, which will allow the candle to burn evenly.