This fantastically creepy Witch’s Hat is very easy to make and an extremely effective centrepiece to your Halloween decorations. It burns nicely but is equally happy as an ornament to be used each year. The candle is 11cm tall and 10cm across the base.
Here’s what you need:
- Pyramid Mould
- 200g Soy Pillar Blend wax
- 5g dye (black, red or purple are great)
- Wick (LX20)
- Blob of blutac
- Wick holder
- A self-centering tab
- 10-20ml of fragrance (optional) – Pumpkin is great
- Waterslide transfers
You’ll also need at least two saucepans, one bigger than the other, so you can make a water bath. You’ll make your life much easier if you have two sets so you don’t have to clean the pan out between pours.
Step 1: Prepare the mould
Make sure the mould is clean, then thread the wick through – you may need to cut the end diagonally to get it through as it’s a tight fit. Seal with a blob of blutack. Pop the mould into its holder ready for pouring.
Step 2: Weigh and melt
Measure out 100g of wax and pop it into the smaller saucepan. Fill the bigger pan up to around a third with water and rest the smaller saucepan inside so that its base is in the water. Put it on the stove and heat the bigger pan. Once the wax has melted, pop in the dye and stir until it has fully incorporated.
Step 3: Pour
At the last moment, add half the scent to the wax (if using) and stir. Pour the coloured wax into the mould up to the level shown in the photo – do not overfill, you will have a lot of coloured wax left! Pull the wick through the hole in the wick holder and hold in place with blutac. If you’re using a single pan set, pour out the remaining coloured wax into a heatproof container and thoroughly clean the pan.
Leave the wax to set – don’t warm the next batch of wax until the first batch has almost entirely cooled (so that it is just warm to the touch). If you’re impatient and pour too early, the coloured wax will leak a little into the white.
Step 4: 2nd Pour
Put the white wax into your clean pan and melt it. Once it has melted, add the remaining scent (if using) and leave the wax to cool for a couple of minutes – this reduces the chances of the coloured layer melting. Pour the whole lot gently into the mould, pull the wick through the wick stick and seal again. Leave to set completely.
Step 5: Third pour
Remelt the remaining coloured wax and pour to more-or-less the top of the mould. Don’t bother with the wick stick. Leave it until a skin has formed but it hasn’t set completely.
Step 6: Tab
This step is optional – don’t bother if you don’t want to burn the candle. Take a self-centering tab and thread it through the wick before snipping the neck. Yes, it’s upside down! Push it into the wax to hide it – if necessary remelt the top layer of wax with a hairdryer. By adding the tab, your candle will burn for much longer because, when it gets to the bottom, the wick won’t fall over and go out – this is especially important for pillar candles of this shape because a lot of the wax is in the base.
Snip the wick to tidy up and leave to cool completely – overnight if possible. You should find it very easy to pop this out of the mould, just remove the base and blutack, then tap on a hard surface and it’ll slide out.
Step 7: Decorate
Cut around the waterslide transfers, leaving a few mm gap around the outline, then pop them in a dish of water for a minute or so. Then slide them onto the candle. Once the position is correct, dab them dry with kitchen towel and leave the glue to set completely. The transfers will melt with the candle so they can stay on.