Carved candles

With a single tool and some paint, create your own designs on pillar candles

Ann Bertelsen

The glow of pillar candles adds warmth and romance to any setting. Give pillars your own style with this simple decorating technique. The flickering candle flames on the painted, carved pillars create a beautiful play of light and color, accentuating your design. Arrange the candles in groups on a mantelpiece or table, or give them as holiday gifts.

Time: 15 minutes per candle

Cost: Depends on type of candle


• Newspaper
• Woodworking carving knife
• Pillar candles of varying sizes
• Paper towels
• Small bristle or foam paintbrushes
• Acrylic paints

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