Candle Craft: Snowball Candles

Candle crafts: Snowball candles are a specialty candle that looks just like fluffy snow on a snowball. These are very easy and inexpensive to make.

Specialty candles are candles that have a distinct look or are made using a special technique. You should not be afraid to try any of the specialty candles out there. You probably will have to try a certain technique several times before you acquire the necessary style to make the candle you are satisfied with, but the result will be well worth the effort and you will feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you master the new technique.

Candlemaking is fun and rewarding; there is something to be said about repeatedly dipping a string into a pot of hot wax and watching a taper form right in front of your eyes. As with any craft practice does matter, the more candles you make, the better your results will be.

The flame of a candle is spellbinding, and it is easy to become mesmerized watching it dart and dance in the slightest breeze. Perhaps candlelight reminds you of an era less hectic than our own, back in the days where they made the old-fashioned snowball candle, or to even dress up your own store bought candles with this special technique. This candle is enjoyable for adults and children alike. The snowball candle reminds me of a big fluffy cloud, or mounds of icing on a cake. The technique we will be using for this one is with a store bought candle base, you can choose a tall pillar candle, a short squatty candle, or to make it look really like a snowball find a completely round candle.


Paraffin Wax, 140 degree F melting point


Candle dye


Double-Boiler (One that you already used for candlemaking or one you don't want to use again)

Small Dish


Blunt Knife


Melt a small amount of wax and pour it into a dish. If you wish, add candle dye to color the wax. Using a fork whip the wax until it become thing and foamy. This may take five minutes or more.

The whipped wax must be applied while it is warm. You have a limited amount of time to work with it, but do not panic. If the wax cools too much, you can simply melt it down and begin again.

Use the end of a knife and dip it into the whipped wax. Apply the wax generously to the surface of the candle, just as you would apply icing to a cake. Start in one area on the candle's surface, cover it completely, and then move on. To create the snowball effect, the whipped wax must be applied heavily. Now when you are through with the candle set it aside and look at the creation you have made, no two snowball candles are the same, you might think of it like a snowflake, each one is created in a different pattern now matter how many are made. These will make wonderful gifts for Christmas too. I hope you enjoy making these snowball candles, perhaps your experience will light the way for others to follow.

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