Pretty candles are a must for Diwali. Not that they aren’t a necessity all around the year. But, you want festive candles, especially around Diwali. Problem is, how expensive candles usually are. And, you usually end up buying a ton of them. So, it’s not a bad idea to make some of your own, instead. We’ve already talked about diyas, now lets get to some inexpensive candles for the days leading up to Diwali. This design is all about using cutting chai glasses.
Time for execution: 15 minutes per candle
Time for candles to solidify: 2-3 hours
- Chai Glasses
- Gold Nail Polish / Gold powder and Top Coat
- Candle Wax / White Candle
- Candle Wicks
- Skewers / Sticks
- Nail Polish Remover
Steps to DIY chai glass candles:
- The first step is to make the paint for the glasses. Nail Polish is a good option, as it dries quickly on glass & creates a nice translucent effect. We didn’t have gold nail polish, so we mixed some gold paint powder with top coat to make the colour.
- Using a sponge cover the rim & half of the body of the glass. You need to move fast, because the nail polish will dry up rapidly.
- Once the glasses have been painted, roll up a candle wick on a stick & place it over the glass.
- Meanwhile, you can heat some wax over the stove. To add colour, pop in crayon pieces. If you want a gradient like ours, pour the darkest wax at the bottom first. Then dilute the colour by adding white candles & pouring it over the first layer slowly. Since, the bottom half will harden slightly, the second layer will mix with the lower one making a gradient.
- Let the wax solidify.
- Cut the wick off, slightly above the wax layer.
- Using a sponge and nail polish remover, clean any smudges made with the paint.
Things to remember:
- Pour the wax exactly in the middle, so that it doesn’t stain the edges of the glass.
- Be careful while melting the wax. You don’t want to burn yourself.
- Add more crayons for a deeper color.
- Work in a well-ventilated area. Small spaces and melting wax are not a good combination.
- You can buy the materials online, by clicking on the materials given above.
We used Brit + Co.’s technique on how to add color to candles and it’s amazing. You should definitely head over to their article and see how they made beautiful candles.
How do you like our chai glass candles? Would you like to use them for Diwali? Let me know in the comments below.