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Dip-Dyed Holiday Candles

Rit Dye

By Rit Dye Team

November 16, 2017

Project Description

Dip-dye your classic white candles to add some holiday cheer to your home. Simple to do and they make a bold statement.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used

  •   None Specified.


    You'll Also Need

    •   White candles

    •    White beeswax

    •    Rit All-Purpose Powder Dye in your favorite color(s)

    •    Small slow cooker or double broiler

    •    Plastic stirring spoon

    •    Wax paper or foil

    •   measuring cup

    •   measuring spoons

    •   large metal spoon

    •   paper towels

    •   plastic table cover

    •   rubber gloves

    •   scissors

    Step By Step

    1. Cover work surface next to cooker with plastic or paper towels. Gather supplies.

    2. Melt about 1 cup of beeswax pellets into a mini slow cooker (a double boiler will work as well). Stir until melted.

    3. Wearing rubber gloves, cut open dye package. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 package (1 Tablespoon) of Rit All-Purpose Powdered dye. The more dye used, the more intense the color will be.

    4. Stir the dye into the melted beeswax well. You may notice that not all the dye dissolves completely. There may be a small amount of sediment at the very bottom of the pot. It should not impact your results.

    5. Using a spare candle, test the color by dipping it directly into the dyebath until you achieve your desired color. If color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more beeswax to lighten the color.

    6. Once you are satisfied with the color, dip candle into the dyed beeswax for no more than 5-10 seconds.

    7. For a linear, 2-tone look, dip the candle straight down and then quickly pull the candle up and then dip the candle down only part way.

    8. For a more organic look, tilt the candle and slightly swirl it into the dyed beeswax. Experiment on a test candle to perfect the look you are going for.

    9. Place dip-dyed candle on a piece of foil or wax paper to cool and dry.




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