Draped Layer Candle

The possibilities with these draped layer candles are endless. Try using not only complementary but contrasting colors as well.

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Supply List

  • Pillar blend wax
  • Dye blocks of your choice
  • Mold sealant
  • Wick
  • Silicone Mold Release or Cooking Spray


  • Pillar mold
  • Double boiler
  • Thermometer
  • Wick rod
  • Cold water bath


  1. Wick your mold and heat your first color of wax as described in the Basic Pillar Candle project. You will only need a small amount of wax for each layer. The majority of your wax will be used for the fill color.
  2. When your wax has reached its pouring temperature. Pour a small amount into the the bottom of your pillar mold. Be careful not to splash the wax on the sides, or it could mar your design.
  3. Carefully tip the mold back and forth so that the wax adheres to the sides of the mold to create a draped layer. Allow the layer to cool.
  4. Begin melting your second draping color. Repeat the process with this color. Repeat the draping process with as many colors as you like. Allow the drapes to cool completely.
  5. Now heat your fill color of wax. Be sure to heat this wax very hot, around 185-190 degrees so that it will adhere to the draped layers. If you don't pour the fill wax hot enough, it won't stick and you'll get cracking of the layers.
  6. Place the pillar mold with the drapes in the color water bath.
  7. Fill the rest of the pillar mold with the fill color of wax. Remember to save about 25% of the wax for your second pour. Follow the instructions in Basic Pillar Candle project for doing the second pour and finishing your pillar candle.
  8. You can use the same process to create matching votives.

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