Friday, May 11, 2012

How-to: Dye a Candle Using Alcohol Ink

It's quick and easy to use Adirondack Alcohol Ink to create a custom colored candle to match your home decor, decorate an event, or give as a gift!

Crafted by Joy.


  • White Pillar Candle
  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink
  • Alcohol Blending Solution
  • Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Mat
  • Foam Applicator
  • Rubber Gloves

All supplies for this project can be found at our Bonney Lake store.

Be sure you are in a well ventilated area before you begin.

1.  Squeeze a line of alcohol ink, in the desired color, onto the craft mat. If you do not have a craft mat, you can use wax paper.
2.  Place the pillar on its side and roll it in the alcohol ink on the mat or wax paper, completely covering it.
3.  Stand it right side up and place a few drops on the top of the pillar, letting the color drip around the candle.

You can use one color or use a few coordinating colors. We suggest not using too many contrasting colors as the inks will blend to create a brown color. 

4.  Once done, let the candle dry for 3-5 minutes. 

From here, if you like the design of the candle, you can stop here. To add texture, continue to the next step.

5.  Place the Alcohol Blending Solution into a small spray bottle.
6.  Hold the bottle about 6 inches away and spray an area of the candle once. You will see the color disperse creating a neat textured design.

Be careful! Too many sprays will result in removing color from the candle. If this happens, you can recolor the area by adding more alcohol ink.

7.  Once the desired look has been achieved, set the candle aside to let dry.

The alcohol evaporates when the alcohol ink completely dries, so be sure it's thoroughly dried before using. 

Creative Tip! You can glue an embellishment onto ribbon and wrap it around the candle for a more elegant touch.

Watch Joy demonstrate how to dye a candle using alcohol ink in the video below.

For more projects, visit our Project Gallery on our website here.


  1. Do you have to use paraffin or can it be beeswax?

    1. We have not tried it on beeswax, so we suggest testing it out on a small area of beeswax to see if it will adhere. We believe it will but test it out to see the effects.

  2. Is there anywhere else to get the ink I live in tn I love this idea

    1. Hi Stephanie! You should be able to find the ink online. Do a search for Adirondack Alcohol Ink and you should find online stores to purchase it from. We don't have an online store, however, we can take orders by phone if we have the item in store. We currently have the inks at our store, you would just need to decide which colors you would like to have. Thank you!

    2., even has free shipping from site to your store where you pick it up at Cust. service! There are many others including! Good luck and happy crafting!!!

    3., even has free shipping from site to your store where you pick it up at Cust. service! There are many others including! Good luck and happy crafting!!!

  3. have you actually burned a candle colored with this? i thought the alcohol ink was flammable and am concerned about this. thanks!

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    1. There will be fumes from the alcohol, so you will want to be in a well ventilated area when applying.

  5. I put three layers of modge podge on my finished candles and when they burn they are beautiful. The modge podge gives them a shine.

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  7. We've noticed that on some candles the alchohol ink absorbs better than others. Are some candles coated with something and any suggestions on what to do about that?

  8. Hi! This is an old post, but I wanted to leave a comment. Tim Holtz has said to *never* spray the Alcohol Blending Solution, as it contains a resin that can permanently damage the eye. It's still okay to spray regular isopropyl, just not the blending solution.

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