DIY Candle Twisting: A How-To on the Viral TikTok Trend

You might have seen the recent trend of twisted candles, whether it be on TikTok itself, or in the latest interior design blogs. This Candle Twisting trend has taken the world by storm and is definitely one of the major design trends of 2020 and 2021.

Interested in hopping on this trend and making your own twisted candles? We’ve got you covered. We’ll be taking you through the process of this viral craft, step by step, to ensure that you end up with the perfect decorative piece for your home.

How to create Twisted Candles:

Step 1 – Source the correct candles

This step is without a doubt the most important one. Make sure that you source the correct candles to start. Paraffin dinner or tapered candles seem to work best for twisting.

Step 2 – Place the candles into warm water

Next, fill up your sink, bath or a bucket with very warm/hot water. Place the candles you’re wanting to twist into the water and submerge them. Leave them soaking for around 15-20 minutes.

Tip: Don’t remove your candles from the water bath before at least the 15 minute mark. By not allowing your candles to soak for long enough, its likely your candles will snap or crack during the twisting process.

Step 3 – Bend and twist

By now, the candles should have softened into a malleable form that you can now bend and twist.

For twisted candles:

  • Carefully remove the candles from the water and place it on a flat surface. Using a rolling pin, slightly flatten the section of the candle you’d like to twist.
  • While the candle is still flexible, twist it into a spiral shape by turning each side in the opposite direction.

For bent candles:

  • For this technique, don’t remove the candles from the water. Instead, start to bend and shape them while they are in the water, to make sure they don’t break.

Tip: If you’re twisting your candles, make sure to leave the top and bottom of your candle completely round and untouched to ensure that it can fit in a candle holder once it’s dry.

Step 4 – Secure the design

Place your twisted or bent candles in some cold water to secure the design.

Step 5 – Enjoy the result

Lastly, place your candle somewhere around your house to add that minimalist, stylish touch! These custom candles are also great gifts!

Special thanks to leaisabellstudios for letting us use her pictures.

TikTok Tutorials

Looking to see this process in action? We’ve put together a few of our favourite TikTok tutorials that show how you can take on the twisted candle trend at home.


making some candles #smallbusiness #MakeItVogue #GoodMorning #smallbusinesscheck #bendycandles #interiordesign #fyp

♬ original sound – ?aaron sun

Aesthetic candles tutorial ?✨ #twistedcandles #diycandles #aestheticcandle #candlestyle #diytutorial

♬ Steven Universe – L.Dre

Candle Twisting Shopping List

So, are you ready to create your own twisted candles? Here’s a few of the items you need to get started!

You can use old candles if you have some left from the holidays or buy some new ones:

To heating the candles you can use an oven baking dish or a vase:

To flatten the warm candles, you can use a glass, a bottle or use some handy kitchen tools:

Where To Buy Twisted Candles?

If you’re looking to skip the hassle of bending and snapping your candles at home, there are a number of online shops where you can purchase these beautiful twisted candles without any of the effort!

Etsy (handmade): Leaisabellstudios, OhFilly, BeeAndBeyondShop, Tadigoshop


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