3 Do-It-Yourself Candle Stacks

Craft a heart- and hamburger-shaped candle, or embellish tapers with sheets of colored wax.

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Materials and Tools:

Stacking Candle Set by Yaley: Heart, Star, Round or Flower (kit includes wicking needle and two 9-inch bleached wicks)
Tacky Wax by Yaley
double boiler
Candle Thermometer by Yaley
Premium Candle Wax by Yaley
Concentrated Candle Dye by Yaley
Candle Scent by Yaley
gloves or potholders
hot plate or stovetop
newspapers or cardboard

Steps:

  1. Cover the work area with newspapers or cardboard. Wear appropriate clothing for candle making.
  2. Melt the wax using the double boiler. Use the thermometer to monitor the temperature of the wax. For the best results, melt wax to 200 degrees and add the dye. When the desired color is achieved, add the scent.
  3. Pour the wax into the mold when the temperature is between 180 and 190 degrees.
  4. Let the wax set for a few hours or until wax forms are completely hardened.
  5. Wearing a protective glove or with a potholder, use a lighter or other reliable heat source to warm the wicking needle and melt a hole just large enough for the wick to go through the center of each hardened wax form.
  6. Thread the pre-waxed wick through each form and build your stacking candle, turning each stack slightly to stagger the final shape. For the best results, do not exceed 4 inches in height.
  7. Use the Tacky Wax to hold the wick to the bottom of the candles and in between the wax forms to keep the stacks together.
  8. Trim the wick to 1/4 inch each time before burning the candles.

Hamburger Stack Variation

To create the hamburger stack, use tan rounds (buns), dark brown rounds (hamburger patty), yellow stars (cheese), green flowers (lettuce) and red hearts (tomato). Build up several layers of the shapes above to make the perfect hamburger.

Tips for Staggering Shapes:

  • Instead of using the dot on each shape made by the mold, make the holes anywhere on the shape that will help with stacking the shapes.
  • You can use all of the same shape to stagger the stack. To do this, make the holes slightly off the center dot.
  • Experiment with graduations of colors in a stack. Start with a little dye, and with each layer add a little more dye to the wax. To create a light to dark gradation effect.

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Materials and Tools:

white or light-colored candle (the candle should be the same size from top to bottom)
4" x 8" colored sheets of wax by Yaley
mat and mat knife

Steps:

  1. Place the sheet wax on top of the cutting mat and cut 3/4" x 4" strips of the colors chosen for the candle. Use as many different colored stripes as you desire. Two to three colors are a good combination.
  2. Start at the top and wrap the strips around the candle. Trim off any excess. Align the next strip up against the previous strip. Do not overlap the strips. Continue adding strips until the entire candle is covered.

Variations:

  • Vary the width of the strips
  • Vary the colors
  • Vary the size of the candles
  • Vary the directions of the strips, running the strips up and down, instead of around the candle.

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