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Entertaining in the Homeā€¦ Candle Painting

By Lauren Holstein

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, add a spark of magic to your celebrations with a Candle Painting Party. Hand-painted candles have become Instagram and TikTok's favorite interior trend, and hosting a candle painting party is the perfect way to showcase your creativity while spending quality time with friends, family, or a loved one.

Getting Started 

Before diving into the details of hosting the perfect Candle Painting Party, let's explore some creative ways to paint candles with wax. You can either use non-toxic, water-based acrylic paint or colored wax. For the latter, light the candle until the top surface melts, then dip a brush into the wax to add vibrant colors, creating a watercolor-like pattern.


To ensure your Candle Painting Party is a success, gather the following supplies:

  1. Tapered candles: Whether you've crafted your own or have some spare ones lying around, tapered candles work best for this activity.
  2. Non-toxic, water-based acrylic paint: Choose a variety of colors to unleash your artistic flair.
  3. Brushes and palettes: Have a selection of brushes and a palette for mixing and applying paint.
  4. Colored wax: Supply an array of colored wax and think in hues of red, pink, and white to stay on theme.
  5. Aprons and newspapers: Keep your guests and your space clean by providing aprons and covering surfaces with newspapers.
  6. Light Clean-Up Supplies: Toothpicks, paper towels, and small water cups will help clean up small painting errors or happy accidents.

Hosting Your Guests with Love

Send out stylish invitations with a candle-themed flair to set the mood. Include a note encouraging guests to come prepared to unleash their inner artist.

Create a cozy and inviting ambiance with soft lighting and a table adorned with art supplies. Consider incorporating Valentine’s Day-themed decorations to enhance the romantic atmosphere.

Kick off the party with a brief tutorial on candle painting techniques. Show your guests the wonders of using acrylic paint or the enchantment of dipping brushes into colored wax. Encourage them to experiment and let their creativity flow, but also showcase examples you've prepared ahead of time with some of the following ideas:

  1. Cherry-Red Delight: Paint adorable cherries on your candles using vibrant red acrylic paint. For an added touch, use a toothpick to create tiny heart-shaped cherries.
  2. Pretty in Pink Bows: Add a dose of femininity to your candles with elegant pink bows. Use a fine brush to delicately craft these bows, giving your candles a touch of romance.
  3. Heartfelt Messages: Incorporate sweet and loving messages on your candles using a contrasting color like white or gold. Express your affection with phrases like "Love You Forever" or "You're the Flame in My Heart."

As the party wraps, allow the painted candles to dry completely. Provide your guests with stylish gift bags to take their masterpieces home. Consider adding a personalized touch by attaching a small tag with a thoughtful message.

Hosting a Candle Painting Party is a fantastic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and an opportunity to display your creativity and bond with loved ones. So, this Valentine’s Day, spark creativity, enjoy the company of those you hold dear, and let the magic of candle painting illuminate your home.