Rainbow Candle Holder

It may have taken a few tries to nail the tutorial for this rainbow candle holder (plus my favorite mixing bowl is now a crafting bowl… scroll on for deets!) but it’s definitely worth it! Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.

 

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

 

Part of my job and mission as a craft blogger is to rule out all the “fails” before bringing you the tutorial. I know, Pinterest fails happen all the time, but mostly it’s because people are inspired by a photo and don’t bother to click through and read the instructions. So first of all, congrats to you on avoiding a fail by reading the instructions!!

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

My goal was to create a nail polish dipped rainbow candle (well, in a glass holder, of course) BUT I wasn’t sure how many layers of nail polish I’d be able to pile up. Even opaque colors are really sheer, and they show through.

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

So first I tried doing a marbleized rainbow candle holder, with all the colors at once, based on nail polish tutorials that have been circulating for years. I actually made faux marble beads using this technique years ago, but apparently, using too many colors just doesn’t work.

Next, I scrubbed my candle clean using half a bottle of nail polish remover (you did not want to visit my windowless house at that point…) I decided to split the rainbow in two, going back to plan A of doing one color at a time. So I grabbed a plain glass vase to decorate as well.

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

The result is beautiful, okay, but not really very rainbow-riffic.

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

So I took lots of photos of it as-is just in case and went on to add more colors.

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

Moral of the story: always start with plan A!

Because in the end, my original vision worked out. Okay, it’s not exactly how I pictured it. It’s much more beautiful. I had intended to get a very clean dipped look, but the final lacy finish with overlapping colors can really only be attained this way. That’s what makes this rainbow candle so truly unique.

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

Granted, I still love the original candle holder and vase, and will definitely be using this technique of dipping in nail polish in separate batches a lot. Especially now that I turned my favorite mixing bowl into a sorry mess of a craft bowl…

 

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

The rainbow candle holder and marbleized vase now sit on top of my china closet alongside the egg carton flowers me ‘n M made together and my pretty painted glass.

 

Watch the video tutorial below or scroll down for full instructions!

 

 

 

What you need to make a rainbow candle:

 

 
 

 
 

 

How to make a rainbow candle:

 

Note: the tutorial below has been photographed with the vase version. The same technique has been applied to the candle, with tips shared accordingly. If you would like to see the candle process, please watch the video above.

 

1. Fill a bowl about halfway with tap water. Do not use warm water (another mistake I made along the way!)

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

 

2. Start with your first color. Drizzle some nail polish in the bowl of water, aiming for even coverage. The photo below shows how the vase turned out without even coverage – that gives it a more marble look when layered. Dip your candle holder, gently pulling up the nail polish on the parts you want it to cover.

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

On the candle holder, I did my layers in the following order: Blue, green, purple, pink, orange, yellow. Try it in another order if you’d like, but keep in mind how transparent each color is.

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

3. Allow the first layer to dry about ten minutes and gently dab off any water dots with a dry paper towel.

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

4. Drizzle on your second color. When you do a more even layer, you get more precise coverage.

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

 

5. Dip your candle holder as you did previously, keeping in mind how you want the colors to interact. Try tilting it so that the second color is higher than the first on one side but much lower on the other for a fun geometric pattern.

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

 

6. Dry, dab, and repeat with all of your colors.

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

Note: if you do get thicker pools as you’re dipping, gently smooth it with your finger so that it should be more flat. Doing a thinner, more even drizzle will help you avoid this.

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

 

I definitely recommend drying it between layers on a wet paper towel or baby wipe.

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

7. As you add each color, use your judgement to see the direction of the dip. Some of the later colors I dipped twice (in the same batch – no dry time) to get it on thicker.

When you are done all your colors, flip it upside down and let it dry completely for a few hours.

 

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

 

Enjoy your beautiful rainbow candle holder – or give it as a gift!

Make this beautiful rainbow candle as a DIY gift or a pretty home decor! The sheer layers of nail polish look a bit like water colors and the texture adds so much life. I had to try a few times to see the best way to make this dipped nail polish rainbow craft but now I can share my best tips with you so you'll get it right the first time (click for details)

 

And now go on and try this technique on everything you own… just kidding (but yes, it’s that fun…)!
 
 

 
  

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