The Art of Darkness

Charm Candles

March 9th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Here’s an easy way to personalize and/or add a little spookiness to plain pillar candles.


  • Pillar candle
  • Sealing wax wafer in contrasting color (available in stationery stores or by mail order)
  • Pewter charm (bat, spider, or whatever else strikes you)
  • Another candle (any sort will do; you just need a few drops of wax)


  • Wire cutters
  • Jewelry file
  • Heat embossing tool or hair dryer


  1. Clip the loop from the charm with the wire cutters and file any rough edges.
  2. Place the sealing wax on a piece of scrap paper (the parchment paper used for baking works especially well).
  3. Heat the wafer with the embossing tool or hair dryer until it’s very pliable and then press the charm into the wafer. Don’t press in too deeply because the charm will settle in a bit as the wax cools.
  4. While the wax is still warm, pick up the paper it’s on and wrap it around the candle to mold the wafer to the candle’s curve. Tape the paper in place and set the candle on its side (wafer side up!) to let cool.
  5. Once cool, carefully peel the wafer off the paper.
  6. Drip a few drops of hot wax onto the pillar candle about a third of the way down, then immediately set the wax wafer onto the melted wax to glue it in place. Let cool.

Fast, cheap, and easy: Three words I love in a project. These make an interesting hostess gift, and could also be used as party or wedding favors.

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