Fall is here which means Halloween is right around the corner. Yay! This is my favorite time of the year. The cooler weather, the new decorations, Halloween costumes, candy….did I mention candy?! I have to confess something, though. I do not like candy corn. I just can’t help it. There seem to be two camps of people – the candy corn haters and the candy corn lovers. Honestly, people get pretty passionate over loving candy corn. I will concede this – candy corn is absolutely one of the most aesthetically pleasing candies. It’s pretty darn cute with the triangle shape and the ombre effect way before ombre was cool. Inspired by the look and not the taste, I decide to create these fall candles that we can call ‘candy corn chic.’
- Plain White Pillar Candles
- Yellow Alcohol Ink
- Orange Alcohol Ink
- Foam Paint Brush
- Painter’s Tape
- Optional: Rubbing alcohol or acetone nail polish remover and Q-tips
Step 1: Before you get started, cover your work space – alcohol inks are not forgiving! Tape off the top and bottom of the candle, leaving the middle exposed.Step 2: You can put the orange alcohol ink directly onto the candle but you have to move very quickly to spread it out. I found it best to put a few drops of alcohol ink onto the foam brush and then dab it onto the exposed area of the candle.Step 3: That should dry very quickly. You can then cover the orange portion with tape, exposing the bottom of the candle.
Step 4: Duplicate step 2 but this time, use yellow alcohol ink. Step 5: You can continue adding alcohol ink to the brush and play with blending the orange and yellow inks on the candle. Just play with it until you like the effect.Step 6: If the ink runs onto the white part of the candle, that is super easy to fix. Dab a Q tip into rubbing alcohol or acetone nail polish and wipe away the unwanted color on your fall candles.Side note: The plain pillar candle was the perfect canvas for alcohol inks. I also did this with a smaller candle that has ridges on the outside and it didn’t work as well. The ridges weren’t too difficult to work with but it was a cheaper candle that had a visible film on the wax. That film doesn’t take alcohol ink as well. Still, it turned out okay!
I also changed the technique on this one. I covered the bottom 2/3rds of the candle with yellow and then just taped off the middle portion to add the orange ink. This worked just as well as the first technique so take your pick!That’s it for these candy corn fall candles! If you are going to burn the fall candles, just be sure you have something underneath the candle. Alcohol ink stains most surfaces almost instantly.
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.