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How to Make Wine Cork Candles

Updated on December 8, 2012

Wax Cork Candles to Light up That Romantic Dinner

Working with wax, and mixing in pigments to create encaustic art, and decorating hurricane candles, led me to think of other ways to use leftover bits of wax candle, so this is how to make cork effect candles to place in the top of an empty wine bottle.

My goal, was to keep in the realms of crafting, using things that are more normally found in the home or you would make an inexpensive purchase like PVA glue, student oils, and masking or wide adhesive tape.

What you will need

Tools
Tools
Tube
Tube

Cut the tube along its length

 

cut
cut

Mark out the tube 3" - 75mm and cut.

 

Open the tube ready to write

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Lines first marked out in pen/pencil and then covered in oil paint - some thick pencils will transfer from the cardboard.Paint over using oil based paint as this takes time to dry.Use a pencil or pen to write what you want on the cork or draw a motif - Everything should be in reverse.Mark a line on the outside so you have 4" when flat this will give an overlap and a 1 inch diameter tube.Corks have lines around them, one close to the top and the other higher to allow for the bottom to be cut away to fit in the bottle top.
Lines first marked out in pen/pencil and then covered in oil paint - some thick pencils will transfer from the cardboard.
Lines first marked out in pen/pencil and then covered in oil paint - some thick pencils will transfer from the cardboard.
Paint over using oil based paint as this takes time to dry.
Paint over using oil based paint as this takes time to dry.
Use a pencil or pen to write what you want on the cork or draw a motif - Everything should be in reverse.
Use a pencil or pen to write what you want on the cork or draw a motif - Everything should be in reverse.
Mark a line on the outside so you have 4" when flat this will give an overlap and a 1 inch diameter tube.
Mark a line on the outside so you have 4" when flat this will give an overlap and a 1 inch diameter tube.
Corks have lines around them, one close to the top and the other higher to allow for the bottom to be cut away to fit in the bottle top.
Corks have lines around them, one close to the top and the other higher to allow for the bottom to be cut away to fit in the bottle top.
edge
edge

Glue the outside edge and overlap using the previously marked line.

Use adhesive tape to hold the tube in position while the glue dries.

tape
tape

Tape up the tube

Tape up the bottom of the tube - this needs to seal the tube so the strongest tape is best or you could use additional cardboard cut to shape.

Heat old wax or crumble a cheap Candle - Add a small amount of oil paint to colour.

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Using muffin tins or tuna tins anything metal. Put the wax in enough to fill three quarters of the tin Place on a hot plate to melt.Oil paint or wax crayon is added to create the colour of the cork.Oil gets the best consistency and you only need a small amount as shown here.Mix in and stair until the wax is melted.As soon as the was is liquid remove from the hot plate ready to pour.Make a wick from thin rope and dip it into the wax.Lay out the wick to dry this I cut into three afterwards.Alternative to a hot plate is place the metal container with wax in it into a bowl and pour hot boiling water around it to heat it up, this may need to be done a few times.
Using muffin tins or tuna tins anything metal. Put the wax in enough to fill three quarters of the tin Place on a hot plate to melt.
Using muffin tins or tuna tins anything metal. Put the wax in enough to fill three quarters of the tin Place on a hot plate to melt.
Oil paint or wax crayon is added to create the colour of the cork.Oil gets the best consistency and you only need a small amount as shown here.
Oil paint or wax crayon is added to create the colour of the cork. Oil gets the best consistency and you only need a small amount as shown here.
Mix in and stair until the wax is melted.As soon as the was is liquid remove from the hot plate ready to pour.
Mix in and stair until the wax is melted. As soon as the was is liquid remove from the hot plate ready to pour.
Make a wick from thin rope and dip it into the wax.
Make a wick from thin rope and dip it into the wax.
Lay out the wick to dry this I cut into three afterwards.
Lay out the wick to dry this I cut into three afterwards.
Alternative to a hot plate is place the metal container with wax in it into a bowl and pour hot boiling water around it to heat it up, this may need to be done a few times.
Alternative to a hot plate is place the metal container with wax in it into a bowl and pour hot boiling water around it to heat it up, this may need to be done a few times.

Pour in the wax using grips or pliers

Place the tube in a plastic container and support.

As the wax is cooling but still liquid pour in the wax to the top of the tube.

You can pour a small amount in and see if it leaks if it does let it cool - reheat the wax in the metal container then pour again as now it should be sealed.

Top up the tube

As the wax hardens it will shrink so reheat the wax left in the container and pour to the top.

Insert the wick into a cut out piece of cardboard so you can center the wick.

Alternative make a hole with a toothpick before you top them up and insert the wick.

Let cool and then you can place in the fridge to harden - optional.

Film Cartridge

I also use film cartridges (if you can find them) I still use cardboard so I can use the transfer method of the markings and writing.

The writing can be added afterwards and when you remove the coverings any imperfections can be tidied up using a knife.

The bottom of the candle will also need cutting back to fit inside the wine bottle.

Finished cork effect Candles

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What do you think about DIY Cork Candles?

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I really liked this wine cork candle crafting lens, not too difficult it seems.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very cool. Love your tips and tricks. Will "pin" this tutorial for my DIY crafty followers on Pinterest!

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      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      Very cool idea!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is a great idea. It would be especially good if you are hosting a wine tasting party.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I like them; thanks for sharing.

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      What an awesome project! Great instructions, too :)

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Anything that reuses materials (and does so in style) is ok by me. Great tute!

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      KatBar 5 years ago

      Great idea for a dinner party or a hostess gift.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Love them. How creative.

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      Great idea they look really good. I might give this a go.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Nice step by step with pics to boot! I like the idea of reusing old candles cause wax can get kinda expensive over here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a fun lens, and cool candles. :)

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @Craftypicks: Thank you for the visit and the kind words.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is the third one of your lenses I have read. They are really good. Not overly long and good info.

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      Mark Shearman 5 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @WildFacesGallery: Hi, Thanks!

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      Cute and clever.