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Swirled-String Candles




Decorate inexpensive pillar candles and you will have a display for your table and presents, too.


Working in sections, warm the surface of a candle with a hair dryer for 30 seconds. Arrange waxed twine, available at crafts stores, in a looped pattern (cut twine from the roll when the design is complete). Press the twine in place with a bone folder. Repeat to cover. When burning the candles, peel off twine when wax melts to 1/2 inch above it.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2006



Reviews (5)

  • kmetcalf810 3 Oct, 2010

    Does anyone know where I could find the silver/ pewter candle holders they used for this picture? Or does anyone know what they are actually called? I have looked on the internet and can't find anything, but I'm sure I'm not searching for the right term (I have searched for "candle holders" to no avail).

  • supermom219 22 Dec, 2008

    Interesting idea.....can you use heavy button thread (the kind for winter coats) and run it thru the beeswax you use for sewing ?? Just an idea in case the store doesn't carry the waxed twine.

  • derekandcassie 21 Dec, 2008

    The twine comes pre-waxed, so it probably won't absorb much essential oil... but you never know: )
    I like the idea of using it just to leave an impression on the surface, too.

  • sschwedes48 21 Dec, 2008

    well - aren't these pretty - wonder if you can peel off the twine before giving as a gift or using? that would be a different texture added...or maybe put a bit of essential oil on the twine - let it soak in - and it will be a room freshener for a while! hm.....

  • sbkent 23 Dec, 2007

    These are beautiful and easy to make.