Alcohol Ink Dyed Candles Tutorial

I came across alcohol inks a while back and immediately fell in love. The colors are so rich and vibrant that it's hard to resist using them on everything. Dying candles in particular is really easy and such a great way to customize your decor in no time!

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: alcohol inks, felt, gloves, candles

Adirondack does sell pre-cut felt swatches along with a dauber tool if you don't want to get your hands dirty. If you're on a budget, however, a plain sheet of of felt does the same thing, just wear gloves if you're concerned about getting your hands messy. Alcohol inks stain so lay down something protective, like a drop cloth or layered newspaper, over your tabletop before beginning.

Step One:

Pour about 4-5 drops of ink onto the felt swatch. You can reapply the ink as you go if you notice it running out, so don't worry about getting the exact amount. A typical pack of inks includes 3 bottles. Feel free to mix and match and have fun experimenting with colors. I was able to get all the colors for this project from only three inks.

Step Two:
Dab the moist felt around the bottom of the candle. This is another area where it's fun to experiment; test different textures and gradients until you find one that you like. For mine, I dabbed repeatedly, starting from the base of the candle and moved towards the wick. Continue dabbing until base is completely covered. Depending on the coloring, you may want to let it dry then apply another layer.


Once the ink is completely dry, light your candle and enjoy. These votives are a great way to add a pop of color to your home or next party!

Contributed by:
Rachel Mae Smith lives in San Francisco, CA. She loves do-able diys and strives to make crafting easy and fun over on her blog The Crafted Life. When she’s not pinning pictures, or brushing glitter out of her hair, you can find her exploring and photographing the Bay Area.

Jan Halvarson


Unknown said...

So pretty! Seems really easy too, and I love the textured effect it gives otherwise boring candles.


Unknown said...

That is so fun!! I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing :)

Kellie said...

Oh this is so pretty and so easy, thank you for sharing!

Francesca said...
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Francesca said...

This looks so fun and easy! I have some tea light candles lying around-- I'll make sure to try this out and have them float around in a bowl with water and some petals. What could be a good seal on the ink so it won't come off in the water?

x Francesca of

Carol and co said...

Cool idea!!!! I want to try this! I have so many colors of alcohol ink ;-)

Coco Cake Land said...

welcome, rachel!! a beautiful first DIY! i love the watery but bright look of the candles, so pretty!

Unknown said...

lovely! and so great to see Rachel here!

Tracie Holladay said...

So cute! Can these be lit and burned with this ink on them?