Tut Tuesday: DIY Ombre Dipped Birthday Candles

August 28, 2012

So I just LOVE birthdays. They’re a great excuse to throw a party! I love birthdays so much that I celebrate my half-birthday. And Logan’s. And the neighbor’s. They’re that awesome. One of my favorite parts? The cake. I love cake. And I love to decorate the cake. Ombre is just so trendy these days and I thought it could be totally awesome to incorporate the trend with the candles! These seriously take 30 seconds once the wax is melted. Read the how-to below.

To make your own you’ll need:

  • white birthday candles
  • wax color blocks (crayons will work, too!)
  • soy wax beads
  • mason jar filled with cold water
  • small glasses (one for each wax color)
  • tongs
  • wax paper

Using a butter knife, shave off a bit of each color block and add the colored wax and soy beads to the small glasses. Place the small glasses in a pot filled with boiling water and let the wax melt slowly.

Boom. Melted wax.

Grasp the candle by the wick with the tongs and dip it into the wax. After you have dipped the candle to the length you want, immediately submerge the candle into the mason jar filled with cold water. This will set the wax. Repeat these steps until your candle is colored to your heart’s desire.

Move onto the next color. Dip the whole rainbow, yo.

I cannot tell you how many candles I dipped over the weekend. I’m addicted to ombre. I can think of worse addictions. Like McDonalds. Did you know I quit that? Yeah. I can’t believe it either… If you like these candles, then you’ll love these dipped pots and this ombre tote!

What have you dipped this summer? We want to see it!

25 thoughts on “Tut Tuesday: DIY Ombre Dipped Birthday Candles

    1. Lexy Post author

      I knew you would like this one because of your love for all things angel food. I should probably box up a cake and ship it your way. :)

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  1. Jacquelyn | lark&linen

    I’m totally with you on th ebirthday thing. I try to pull the “my birthday month is coming up” and my boyfriend always reminds me that I get a day (I don’t believe him though)
    Celebrating my half birthday is not something I’ve ever thought to do, but I might have to start.

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Logan dubs the week of his birthday “birthday week”. And he expects to be treated like a king the whole week. It’s cute, really. :) You should totally do the half birthday. It really spices up that six month mark.

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    1. Lexy Post author

      I love the shape at the bottom too. They are definitely prettier than storebought, if I do say so myself. :)

      It would be so hard to be around fast food when you’re trying to quit! Greta needs to be more considerate of addictions…

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Thanks, Erin! Wax is so fun to work with! I was dipping all sorts of candles this weekend. And my hands were SO soft afterwards. :)

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Get it girl. I feel like candles are going to be the next big thing. They’re so easy to make and customize!

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Hi Ann! Thanks for stopping by. These candles can be made in a variety of colors. I would definitely use crayons next time to get some unique colors. :)

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    1. Lexy Post author

      I love the blues you chose! They’re subtle and pretty. We are house-sitting right now so I can’t decorate ANYTHING. I’ll just have to color my garden! ;)

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    1. Lexy Post author

      Thanks, Elli! I love the colors, too. A few quick coats and you’re done. I’m going to do this for every birthday I ever have. :)

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