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Dip-Dyed Taper Candles

This dipping technique works on pillar candles too. Center them on Dutch tiles, which will catch any melted wax.

dipped candles

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Beeswax pellets (100 percent natural beeswax pellets, $10 for 1 lb.,
  • Empty soup can, washed
  • Wax dye (dye block, in Blue, $3.25 for 2.5 oz.,
  • Wooden stick
  • Taper candles (Greentree Home Candle Natural Church candles, $30 for 2,


  1. Place beeswax pellets in can. Place can inside a small pot filled halfway with simmering water; let pellets slowly melt until fully liquefied and depth of wax is equivalent to length of candle sections you want to dip.
    dipped candles
  2. Add wax dye; let melt slowly, testing color with stick until it’s the shade you want.
  3. One at a time, slowly dip candles into can, holding each straight in melted wax and then pulling straight up and out.
  4. Hold each candle until wax is dry to the touch; carefully lay on a paper towel. Let harden completely.

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