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Dip-Dyed Candles with Rit

The Guilty Crafter's Dye-I-Y studio

By Angela Daniels

December 6, 2016

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Project Description

I always like to keep gifts on hand for the birthdays and holiday parties that pop up throughout the year. I think gifts with a DIY touch are particularly thoughtful and these dip-dyed candles are super easy to make and are very affordable compared to similar candles at my local gift shops. Experiment with different colors of Rit powdered dye to really customize these quick DIY gifts.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 30 minutes

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You'll Also Need

  •   Candle

  •    beeswax

  •    plastic spoon

  •    crockpot

  •    foil or wax paper.

Step By Step

  1. First, melt about 1 cup of beeswax pellets in a mini Crockpot. Beeswax can be found anywhere candle making supplies are sold. As for the Crockpot, I bought mine for $20 at Walmart- they're usually used for warming appetizers but they're great for crafting too. Second, add about 1/4 to 1/2 package of Rit powdered dye. The more dye you use, the more intense the color.

  2. Stir the dye into the melted beeswax well. I notice that not all of the dye dissolved totally so there may be a little sediment at the very bottom of the pot. It didn't effect my candle at all.

  3. Now, dip the pre-bought candle into the dyed beeswax. If you dip the candle straight down and then quickly pull the candle up and then dip the candle down only partially, you can get a fun 2-tone look. For a more organic look, tilt the candle and slightly swirl it into the dyed wax. You can experiment on a test candle to perfect the look you are going for. You only need to keep the candle in the dyed wax mixture for a few seconds. Once you pull it out, you can place the candle on a piece of foil or wax paper for it to cool.

  4. Once you have your beeswax and dye mixture, you can quickly dye several candles for gifts. A very nice, custom and inexpensive gift!




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