A Step-by-Step Guide to Making DIY Twisted Candles

From Murano glassware to checkerboard furniture inspired by The Queen’s Gambit, there is a constant flow of new decor trends popping up across our Instagram feeds.

And twisted candles are the latest trending decor item we can't get enough of. 


Flex Mami, Jessie Bush, and Emma Hoareau are amongst the pool of influencers flooding everyone's Instagram feeds with posts about the sculptured candles - and for good reason, too. 

They’re bright, zingy, chic, make the perfect accent piece for a well-style living space, and are a pretty awesome housewarming gift (hint, hint). The only downfall? They’re not the most budget-friendly option for a stick of wax, especially if you’re looking to bulk buy. 

Luckily, the trend has become so popular that there are now plenty of DIY videos circulating the internet that demonstrate exactly how to create the Pinterest-worthy candle at home for a fraction of the cost. 

Just take Los Angeles-based Designer Brady Tolbert’s tutorial as an example.


Or you can check out Flexi Mami's video...


Intrigued? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to DIY a twisted candle.

How to make DIY twisted candles

You want to source a long dinner candle, which can be bought from online retailers, supermarkets, and craft stores. You’re going to want to opt for candles made from paraffin wax as soy candles are unsuitable. If you’re purchasing online, search for terms like ‘dinner candles’, ‘long candles’ or ‘tapered candles’, 

You will need:

  • A tall vase or large pot 
  • Long dinner candles
  • Rolling pin


1. Fill a tall vase or large pot with hot water. The water should be approximately 100 degrees. (Note: do not use boiling water as this will melt the wax)

2. Place candles in the hot water (wick side up) and let them sit for 15 minutes.

3. Working one-by-one, remove a candle and lay it on a flat surface. The wax will harden quickly so it’s best to work quickly. If it hardens too fast, place it back into the hot water for a few more minutes. 

4. Softly roll the center flat with a rolling pin, just until the shape changes from rounded to ovular. Ensure you leave the ends untouched so it can still fit into a candle holder. 

5. Still working quickly, hold each end of the candle and gently twist it until you’re pleased with it. Leave it to harden completely. Repeat with remaining candles.

Lead image from Instagram @candles.by.bell.

Here's another DIY trend you'll want to add to your home - and it's not what you'd expect.

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