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long and skinny candles

Long skinny candles are a birthday party favorite, but they are hard to find and expensive to purchase. I’ve made my own before and the process is so easy, I am excited to show you how.

The candles have a very homemade and festive feel to them which is perfect for birthdays and special occasions. These are perhaps the longest ones I could come up with (over 18 inches each!) and super skinny + we used wax coloring to give them an ombre effect. I just loved them.

Make the long and very skinny candles by melting and coloring wax according to the package directions. I find it best to melt as much wax as you need from the large piece, instead of cutting it up first. To make the candles in an ombre effect begin with wax in a light pink color and add more coloring as you go.

Using a long strand of candle wick, and a cut up straw – dip the wick into the wax  and pull out. Hold the wick and let the wax on the candles dry for a moment and then re-dip the wick. Do this repeatedly until you get the width of candle desired. It took us about 12 dips for these long and skinny candles.

Hang the candles by the center straw to fully dry (you can shape them with your hands for better form as they are drying). Once the candles are dry snip the center to release the straw and you will have two very long candles.

Just a note, you can make these in any size or color to match whatever you are celebrating.

Photography done in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography

13 Comments

  • Alana
    May 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Wow – these are very cool. I will have to give them a go. They look gorgeous on that cake!

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  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern
    May 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Oh my god, these are gorgeous! What kind of wax did you use?

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  • Jo
    May 22, 2013 at 3:26 am

    These look so beautiful! They are a perfect decoration in themselves. Thank you for the inspiration x

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  • Kathleen
    May 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    These are amazing!! They kind of remind me of the Quentin Blake illustrations in Roald Dahl books.

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  • pierre
    June 4, 2013 at 5:17 am

    How cool do they look?Maybe you could have 1/2 inch per year of age, that way, you wouldn’t need 50 for a fity year olds birthday!

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  • Moniek
    November 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Wonderful! I have a question (maybe a very silly one): when you’ve dipped the wick already a few times, how do you manage to dip it again in such a small pan? Or is the candle still bendable till it’s totally dry?

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  • Sarah
    November 12, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I was wondering exactly the same thing as Moniek haha does the wax crack when bends into the pan again? Also, can I take wax from an existing tea candle to make this? Thanks!!

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    • Victoria
      November 12, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Sarah and Moniek, Hi! Yes, The wax stays bendable until it is dry we just dipped and swirled it around each time and it worked beautifully. Hope that helps!

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  • maria
    July 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Can you post a picture of the straw holding the candle to dry. I can’t picture what you mean. Thank you.

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    Love, love long cake candles never thought of making them myself!

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    Those candles look awesome. I’d never thought of making my own candles before. Might give it a go for my birthday.

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