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Creating a Drip Candle Bottle

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A Drip Candle Bottle in the Making

Today I am going to go through the steps of how to create a drip candle bottle. I try to include as many pictures as I can so you can easily see how the drip candle bottle is made, how it progresses, and also for some background info about a 40 year old drip candle bottle in Woodstock, NY and some photos of others already created.

The photo above is of a drip candle wine bottle I started almost 2 years ago. To see more, go to the bottom of this page.

Photo Source: Taken by myself -- Alicia Humphrey

How About You?!


The Original Drip Candle Mountain

Located at Candlestock in Woodstock, NY

This is the reason I love candles, and especially drip candles. I have fallen in love with the idea of the candle mountain, and have started a few myself over the past 10 years.

Here's a little info from Candlestock's site about their mountain:

"Our drip Candle Mountain has been burning every day for the past 40 years. It is now more than eight feet tall, probably weighs more than 500 pounds, and is made up of more than 20,000 candles. But it began with just one. Start your own today! All you need is a drip candle and something to hold it in. We suggest a tall glass bottle, like a wine or soda bottle. Place the drip candle just inside the lip, light it, and watch as the wax slides its way down, creating a beautiful pattern as it cools. Believe us, you'll want more than just one drip candle on hand after that!"


Basic Supplies

A bottle, candles, and some inspiration!

Normally one would use a wine bottle, but this time I chose a beer bottle to see if I could get a better drip/pooling effect with a different sized bottle.

I have ony found "drip candles" at Candlestock in Woodstock, NY, but you can really use any taper candle that drips a lot.

I was inspired to create my own drip candle bottle over 10 years ago on a visit to Candlestock, where they have a Drip Candle Mountain that began with just a wine bottle, and has burning for nearly 40 years.

It's huge and awe inspiring.

They have added little trinkets and toys in the wax, as well as molded some of the wax into little "slides." It really is a sight to see.

If you're interested, just go to this link to read about it.

Or go to this one for a better close-up photo,

These Are The Candles I Use - Sold by Candlestock

You just read about the awesome Drip Candle Mountain at Candlestock, the place I was inspired to create my own. Well here is a listing of some of Candlestock's candles that you can buy for yourself! They are really the best drip candles out there.


Step # 1 Add weight or a base to your bottle.


- I have never done this before, but decided to try it now. I think it would help keep the bottle from moving around too much and letting the hardened wax crack. I'm doing both of these, because I think adding the weight (a bunch of pebbles) will make the bottle look more interesting before it's completley covered in wax; but you only have to do one, or none!

Step # 2 Add protection.


- This is a MUST. Almost. Unless you are setting your drip candle bottle on a surface that it will stay on permanently, you need to put the bottle on somethinglike tin foil so the wax that splatters won't ruin anything around it.

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(Kat Von D on L.A. Ink is the only example I can think of where someone left the candle(s) on a counter and just let the wax do it's thing. Here's a photo of her drip candles. While I think it's neat that a section of her shop is full of dripping wax, it's not for everyone.)


Step # 3 Fatten the candle bottom.

(If Needed)

- Your drip/taper candle might be a little bit too skinny for the mouth of the bottle you are using, and therefore it just wants to slide into the bottle. That's OK. I just used a bigger candle, lit it and let it burn a little while, and dipped the bottom of my drip candle into it's melted wax to make the drip candles base a little bit wider. Then while it was still soft I put it in the mouth of the bottle so it molded to it.


Step # 4 Place candle in the bottle.

After you have completed the optional steps that you have chosen, you are pretty much ready to light your first drip candle.

Make sure that your bottle is in a permanent or safely covered area!

All you need to do is place your candle into the mouth of the bottle you chose and make sure it's tight and standing up straight. Look at it from a few different angles to be positive. (If you have done the optional step # 3, then you will have already done this.)


Step # 5 Light It Up, Watch It Burn, Repeat!

It's finally time to light your candle and watch it melt down your bottle!

(Consider yourself warned, it's kind of hypnotizing.)

Once your first candle is burnt all the way to the bottom, just stick another one in the bottle. It sometimes helps to place the new candle on right after the previous one burns out so the melted wax hardens it in place.

Eventually, you won't be able to see the top of the beer/wine bottle anymore; at this point you just add the next candle wherever it will fit best.


A Drip Candle Video

Want to see what this is really all about? Check out this video by the one and only Candlestock!

Drip Candles on Amazon

Wine Bottle Drip Candles from

Read on to see the photos of my drip candle beer bottle's progress!

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Day 2

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Day 3

Day 3

Day 3

Day 4

Day 4

Day 4

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View


COLORS! - What's Your Choice?

For your drip candle bottle, would you use all of the same color candles like Kat Von D did, or would you use a ton of different colors like I did and like the candle mountain?

What Do YOU Think? - Give me some feedback!

Anne (author) from New York on February 27, 2014:

@Frischy: That sounds like a cool restaurant!

Frischy from Kentucky, USA on February 27, 2014:

These were a thing back in the 1960s and 70's. I remember going to a restaurant in West Virginia called Lock Stock & Barrel. They had these kinds of candles in wine bottles on the tables (with red checkered tablecloths). After that, my parents had one on their kitchen table for a couple of years.

Anne (author) from New York on April 13, 2013:

@AlleyCatLane: Awesome...thank you very much!

AlleyCatLane on April 12, 2013:

I made a few of these back in the 1960s. Congrats on your purple star.

Anne (author) from New York on September 21, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you so much! I really appreciate you stopping by. I hope you decide to make another one, they're so much fun!

anonymous on September 21, 2012:

I think I want to make a drip candle again, has been a long time back and had forgotten how and your directions are excellent, congratulations for being part of the 40 Hobbies You'll Want To Try monster board!

Anne (author) from New York on August 25, 2012:

@Mandy Stradley: Thank you that's one of my favorite things about them, it that they burn and drip differently every time.

Anne (author) from New York on August 25, 2012:

@Scarlettohairy: Great idea! The kids will love it, and if any some regular taper candles do work, the cheaper the better.

Anne (author) from New York on August 25, 2012:

@AdamCarrasquillo: They are so much fun, thank you!

Anne (author) from New York on August 25, 2012:

@MarcStorm LM: Oh I never thought of that! Thanks so much for stopping by, and thank you for your kind comments !

Anne (author) from New York on August 25, 2012:

@Carashops: Thank you very much! That's really nice to hear. :)

Cara on August 25, 2012:

This is a great idea. Reading your lens made me smile.

MarcStorm LM on August 08, 2012:

Great Idea! It makes me wonder what other cools things I could use instead of just bottles. Great job putting this together! Best Wishes!

AdamCarrasquillo on August 02, 2012:

These candles look awesome, great lens :)

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 02, 2012:

How fun! I think I'll find old candles at thrift stores (they always seem to have a bunch cheap) and do this with my grandkids.

Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on August 01, 2012:

I think that these candles are beautiful! I love how each one is unique!

Anne (author) from New York on July 14, 2012:

@Melissa Miotke: Awesome! I hope you have fun and it comes out well! Thank you for stopping by.

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on July 14, 2012:

I never heard of such a thing but now I have to do this. Thanks!

vegetablegardenh on July 03, 2012:

So neat! I want to make my own now. :) Great lens!

Anne (author) from New York on July 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Cool! Hope you're having fun. :)

anonymous on July 01, 2012:

I am working on a black and white piece right now and then im going to add more colors when I get a good base

Anne (author) from New York on June 27, 2012:

@AdamCarrasquillo: Thanks so much!

Anne (author) from New York on June 27, 2012:

@ArtByLinda: Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my lens. :)

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on June 27, 2012:

These are really cool. That has always been my frustration with the tall candles, they are so messy. This is the perfect solution!

AdamCarrasquillo on June 27, 2012:

Awesome, colorful & inspirational. Great lens :)

Anne (author) from New York on June 27, 2012:

@lynnasafriend: They sure do! Mine was so big when I moved I didn't know how to transport it.

Anne (author) from New York on June 27, 2012:

@grannysage: Oh how cool!

Anne (author) from New York on June 27, 2012:

@Diana Wenzel: Glad you saw it here! The pictures don't even do it justice, it's so awesome in person.

lynnasafriend on June 27, 2012:

wow, those get huge!

grannysage on June 27, 2012:

Oh these were the rage back in the day. I helped set up a little teen hangout in our little town and naturally had these on the table.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 21, 2012:

These drip candle bottles were really popular when I was in college. Many of the popular restaurants with a romantic flair would feature these as table decorations and soft lighting. I have always liked them. Had never seen one of the huge drip candle mountains, tho, until I visited this lens. Pretty awesome.

Anne (author) from New York on June 15, 2012:

@marsha32: Awesome, I hope you enjoy it! It's fun and pretty.

marsha32 on June 15, 2012:

I still want to give this a try because they are so cool looking

Anne (author) from New York on June 14, 2012:

@gottaloveit2: Thanks!

gottaloveit2 on June 14, 2012:

Pretty drip candles!

Anne (author) from New York on June 13, 2012:

@Ruthi: Haha cool! So many people say they remember them, I think they're awesome I don't know why they're not popular with my generation! They should be. And everyone should buy their candles from this lens. :)

Ruthi on June 13, 2012:

These drip candles remind of the ones I made years ago (probably before you were born.)

Anne (author) from New York on June 13, 2012:

@poldepc lm: Thank you so much!

poldepc lm on June 10, 2012:

beautiful lens

Anne (author) from New York on May 08, 2012:

@MindPowerProofs1: How cool! Thanks for reading my lens.

Anne (author) from New York on May 08, 2012:

@blessedmomto7: Thanks!

anonymous on May 08, 2012:

Working with non-drip candles, I have a glass candle pot that is never full and there only goes wax into the pot and never out of the pot...

After a while, it can become very dirty so it's better to use a certain colour palette and stick to it, like red-yellow-orange-pink, or blue-green-yellow...

MindPowerProofs1 on April 11, 2012:

I made them as a gift when I was a child. Thanks for reminding

blessedmomto7 on April 09, 2012:

I made these a long time ago. Neat to see yours.

Anne (author) from New York on March 21, 2012:

@shellys-space: Thanks! I tried to make it as easy to understand as possible. I know pictures help me better than written instructions. This was such a fun lens to make, it'll always be my favorite.

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on March 21, 2012:

Nicely done! I love how you gave us the steps and the photos on how it will look at each stage!

Anne (author) from New York on January 30, 2012:

@Ben Reed: Thank you! I love them too.

Anne (author) from New York on January 30, 2012:

@mihgasper: Thanks so much!

Ben Reed from Redcar on January 30, 2012:

A fun lense - love those candles

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 18, 2012:

Cute and fun!

Anne (author) from New York on December 02, 2011:

@JoshK47: Thanks! It is, and a great conversation starter too.

JoshK47 on December 02, 2011:

How neat! Thanks for sharing this - looks like a fun way to decorate your space. :)

Anne (author) from New York on November 02, 2011:

@ceramictiles: Thanks! I totally agree, that's when my boyfriend started his, during a long power outage. Thanks so much for stopping by and participating in my lens!

ceramictiles on November 02, 2011:

can make a great gift - but definitely fun to do either way - especially something for a power cut.

Anne (author) from New York on October 09, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks so much!

Anne (author) from New York on October 09, 2011:

@KimGiancaterino: Awesome! I've gotten some candles that are white on the outside but burn a rainbow of colors. They're pretty cool. Enjoy!

anonymous on October 08, 2011:

thought this was a very creative and fun lens to view tonight, gave you a 'thumbs up'!

KimGiancaterino on September 28, 2011:

My mom was always making drip-candle centerpieces. The candles she used had many colors of wax built right in. I've done a few on Chianti bottles, alternating different candles to get a color mix. Thanks for the suggestions!

Anne (author) from New York on September 24, 2011:

@maggielarain: Haha they do! That's where me and Jesse have been getting them.

maggielarain on September 24, 2011:

They have Drip Candles at SunShine Studios i're makin me wanna start one. :]

Anne (author) from New York on September 21, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks for coming by and commenting. I hope you enjoyed my lens!

Anne (author) from New York on September 21, 2011:

@Mee2: Awesome I LOVE when people say they're going to try this! It's so much fun, and so pretty!

Mee2 on September 21, 2011:

OMG, I LOVE this!! I have to try it. I will have to use taper candles. I have some dry wine in my fridge that I don't like, so it will make a perfect base. Thanks for this great lens!

Anne (author) from New York on August 22, 2011:

@Michelle77 LM: Thanks!

anonymous on August 21, 2011:

Very 'Phantom of the Opera"...

Michelle77 LM on July 22, 2011:

fun lens!

Anne (author) from New York on February 07, 2011:

@GrowWear: Thanks!

GrowWear on January 05, 2011:

Very interesting!

Anne (author) from New York on December 27, 2010:

@anonymous: hers look like she just sat them on the counters in her shop, either way it's the same idea.

anonymous on December 25, 2010:

really neat! is this the technique kat von d used for her candles? or is there another technique?

Anne (author) from New York on December 08, 2010:

@deyanis: Oh cool I'm so glad you're gonna make some!! Thanks for checking out my lens, have fun!!

Anne (author) from New York on December 08, 2010:

@deyanis: Oh cool I'm so glad you're gonna make some!! Thanks for checking out my lens, have fun!!

deyanis from Oz on November 23, 2010:

Cool idea. I'll make one to match up with my home's christmas color theme for this year (it'll be blue & white) and then make another one with rainbow colors. Honestly, I've never heard about it before, thankfully I found your lens. :-)

Anne (author) from New York on November 07, 2010:

@balancebydesign4u: They are so much fun! I don't really know many people who have heard of them before either.

Carol from Arkansas on November 06, 2010:

I remember seeing these candles when I was growing up and starting a few of my own. I had no idea people were still doing it!

Anne (author) from New York on November 05, 2010:

@OhMe: Oh wow I really love that idea!

Anne (author) from New York on November 05, 2010:

@kimmanleyort: That's so cool!

Anne (author) from New York on November 05, 2010:

@KathyMcGraw2: Thanks so much for checking out my lens!

Anne (author) from New York on November 05, 2010:

@ZablonMukuba: AWESOME! I hope you have a lot of fun!

ZablonMukuba on November 03, 2010:

i am going to do this thanks for the information

Anne (author) from New York on November 01, 2010:

@FreshSquids: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

FreshSquids on November 01, 2010:

This lens won 3rd place in Fresh Squid Contest for October 2010! Congratulation!

PS. Badge will come through mail! :)

Kathy McGraw from California on October 31, 2010:

I remember making these in the 60's :) Liked how you showed the progress of your candles and showed how to make a drip candle step by step.

kimmanleyort on October 31, 2010:

Believe it or not, I still have two drip candle bottles that I created more than 25 years ago. They bring back so many memories and I get them out for Italian dinners. Great job presenting how to make a drip candle bottle.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on October 23, 2010:

Love this. When I was growing up, our mom started a Drip Candle Bottle and we dripped our birthday candles on it and then wedding candles. It was huge and amazing. This brings back fond memories of sitting around the kitchen table dripping candles. It was so relaxing to watch the wax flow and find it's resting place. Great instructions on how to create a Drip Candle Bottle.

Anne (author) from New York on October 15, 2010:

@Mrmakingusmile LM: Thanks so much!

Mrmakingusmile LM on October 15, 2010:

Just stopping by to say hello. Hope all is going well.

Anne (author) from New York on October 03, 2010:

@FreshSquids: Thanks SO much! This is awesome!

Anne (author) from New York on October 02, 2010:

@LotusMalas: Thanks! I tried to make sense. :)

LotusMalas on October 02, 2010:

I love the step by step instructions!

FreshSquids on October 01, 2010:

This lens has been entered in Fresh Squid Contest for October 2010: If you like it and think it deserves to win, stop by and give it your vote! :)

Anne (author) from New York on September 18, 2010:

@poutine: Thanks poutine!

poutine on September 18, 2010:

It's a cool lens.

I used to do that when I was younger.

Anne (author) from New York on September 16, 2010:

@marsha32: Thanks for liking it Marsha!!

marsha32 on September 16, 2010:


Anne (author) from New York on September 15, 2010:

@Stazjia: Thanks so much! It really is something awesome to watch.

Anne (author) from New York on September 15, 2010:

@elizajane202 lm: You can keep doing it forever. After a certain point, the glass bottle is completely covered with wax, and you're just adding one candle to another at that point. If you look at the Candle Mountain towards the top, that's been burning over 40 years.

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on September 15, 2010:

I've always found candlewax dripping down the candleholder fascinating. Interesting page.

elizajane202 lm on September 15, 2010:

@Lady Gotrocks: Don't they have a drip-drop candle shop at one of the theme parks in California? I'm not sure I want to say Magic Mountain or Disneyland.

elizajane202 lm on September 15, 2010:

I really love the layered look. Now how long can you use this technique until you have to stop using the bottle? I'm asking because whenever I use regular small candles that (the square ones you buy in the store) have the small glass jars around them I can only use them for an hour or two before they literally explode on me. I've been so afraid to light up a candle because of it (even the Glade ones) and I miss them. I think since this goes OVER the glass it might be safe enough that I won't have to worry.

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