Decorative candles

For centuries candles have been used to illuminate space and create ambience. More recently, however, the use of candles transformed from functional to a more decorative one, incorporating many different designs and adding some of the most irresistible fragrances.

According to Wicksworks, decorative candles are a uniquely versatile décor element which adds subtle artistic flair when unlit, and become objects d’art that glow warmly while producing flickering shadows and even exotic aromas when lit.


Due to the growing demand for more interesting decorative candles, many market suppliers have risen to the luminous occasion and begun offering truly beautiful, and in some cases fascinating, candle innovations. Take, for instance, the Air Wick Multicolour Candle. For anyone who has recently purchased this particular candle, you’d know that it is a truly wonderful thing to behold.

When lit, the candle and jar begin to light-up in a rainbow of different colours. It also adds the most beautiful fragrances, available in Cocoa Truffle and Crème, Rich Vanilla and Caramel Swirl, and Precious Silk and Oriental Orchids (my personal favourite). It therefore not only infuses the room with luxurious fragrances, but also creates a brilliant show of neon colours.

Yankee Candle is another magnificent decorative candle. These ranges of candles (available from Smiley’s At Home) make use of beautiful soft and natural colours and some of the freshest aromas out there. They are available in Floral, Fruit, Food and Spice and Fresh fragrances. They are both classic in design and bouquet, but be warned, they are known to be addictive. Once you get a whiff of these, you may never go back.

DIY decorative candles


Decorative candles foe everyday home use

Buying candles for decorative use is very cost-effective and not at all difficult. However, if you are someone who prefers a touch of homemade style, try this recipe for your very own signature Tissue Transferred Candles:

What you’ll need:

  • Light-coloured pillar candle
  • White tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Rubber stamp
  • Black inkpad
  • Purple embossing powder
  • Embossing gun
  •  Twinkling watercolours
  • Paintbrush
  • Parchment paper
  • Small scrapbooking eyelets


  1. Cut a piece of tissue paper large enough for your stamp. Ink the stamp and stamp onto the glossy side of the paper. Then gently lift the tissue paper from the stamp;
  2. Sprinkle embossing powder on the image on the tissue paper and tap off the excess. Work over a manila file folder so that you can easily funnel excess embossing powder back into its jar. Heat the powder on the candle with an embossing gun until the image is embossed;
  3. Swirl a wet paintbrush into the watercolours and colour in the background of your stamp. Allow 10 to 20 minutes to dry;
  4. Cut a piece of parchment paper that is large enough to cover your image and wrap all the way around the candle, plus an extra several inches of length. Trim excess tissue paper around the edges and place the image onto your candle. Wrap the parchment paper tightly around the candle, using the excess parchment paper in the back as a handle;
  5. Move your embossing gun over the image to melt the tissue paper into the candle. Once you see the wax melt in one area, move the embossing gun to another area so as not to melt the candle too much. When the entire image has melted into the candle, carefully remove the parchment paper;
  6. Add details to the candle using scrapbooking eyelets and candle paint pens. While the candle is still warm from step 5, press eyelets into the candle at the corners of the image. Add dots and lines with candle paint pens and allow the candle paint to dry for 24 hours.

Sources: AirWick, Creative Juices, Yankee Candle, Wicksworks


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