Stippled Candle Project

By Bob Sherman

This is another article revived from my 1998 archives due to increased interest in rustic and primitive candle styles lately. It has been modernized and rewritten to match its new home at One Stop Candle. This is a very simple, fun technique that provides a heavily textured candle. This technique provides a texture reminiscent of terry cloth.

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PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety Rules before attempting any candle making projects.

Wax Formula
This candle uses our basic pillar candle formula. Note that this formula makes a nice white wax without adding dye, however these look best when made with dark colors.


  1. This technique uses a basic pillar candle so prepare a pillar candle of your choice.
  2. Once you have your pillar candle, melt some wax in the same color. Note that this technique tends to wash out the color, so start with a darker shade than you actually want. To illustrate this note that the wax used in the photo above was fire engine red.
  3. Bring the wax to at least 150 degrees F. Some folks find this easier to do with hotter wax, so find a temperature you are happy with.
  4. Dip the brush in your melted wax and apply it to the candle using a stippling motion - tapping the candle with the tips of the bristles. Do not use a brushing motion, only the tips of the bristles should contact the candle, it is an in / out motion not side to side.
  5. Dip the brush after every couple dabs to keep applying wax.
  6. Continue applying wax until the you are satisfied with the texture and the candle is covered with texture.

Candle Making Supplies And Materials

The following candle making supplies and other materials were used to make this candle. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description.

Item Amount Used
Mold Any style of your choice, however I recommend a metal or rubber 3 inch diameter round.
140 MP paraffin Wax Enough to make as many candles as desired.
Vybar 103 Used at 1 teaspoon per pound of wax.
Dye Blocks
Dye Flakes
In the desired colors.
Scent Oil Optional - used at 1 ounce per pound of wax.
Wick For a 3 inch candle I use a #1 square braid wick. If you are using a different size or different ingredients you may need a different wick.
Melting / Pouring Pot One
Thermometer One
Brush A round brush over 1 inch in diameter seems to work best. Note that it should have natural hair or nylon since synthetic bristles may melt from the hot wax. Brushes known as parts washer brushes work well.
Old Pots For making double boilers. One per color. Find at garage sales or thrift shops.
Wooden Spoon, Measuring Spoons. Purchase at a house wares store or a dollar store.

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing Originally published in the 1998 and updated in January 2006 and July 2011. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.

Author: Bob Sherman

Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.

This article is provided free of charge for use. Candles may be made and sold using this design royalty free, however no portion of this article may be reproduced for publication elsewhere without express permission from Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc. with the following exceptions: