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Chloe Crawford
Chloe Crawford
February 7, 2024 ·  3 min read

Make Magic By Crafting Up These Crystal Candles

Get your craft on by making a crystal candle. Believe me; it’s a lot easier than it sounds! I don’t know about you, but ever since our world changed from COVID-19, I’ve been looking for more ways to pass the time. Of course, this means more hobbies

Typically, I tend to choose activities that are active. This includes hiking, walking, running, boxing, and, believe it or not, stand-up-paddle boarding. However, I’ve yet to explore crafts as a possible way to keep myself busy. Nevertheless, once I saw this tutorial that shows you how to make a DIY crystal candle, I think I may just give the craft world a chance.

Okay so, I have to admit (and warn you) that these candles totally evoke Hogwart’s feelings. You know, like the magic school Harry Potter went to? Yeah, that one. I just wanted to preface that in case you had a completely different picture in your head about what this crystal candle looks like. Without further ado, here’s how to make them.

The dining hall of Hogwarts (where fictional character Harry Potter went to school)
Image credit: Harry Potter Fandom 

DIY Crystal Candle

Materials Needed

  • Mason jar lid and band
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small nail
  • Hammer
  • Wire
  • Superglue
  • Alum powder
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Heat-safe container
  • Clearcoat spray
  • Tea candle [1

How to make your crystal candle

Firstly, grab that hot glue gun and glue the rubber band (that came with the mason jar) to the mason jar lid. Secondly, take your nail and hammer and poke a hole through the center of the mason jar lid. After you’ve done the first two steps, cut the wire to about 10 inches. When the wire is cut, poke it through the top of the jar until about an inch of wire is sticking through. Fold it, so it stays and tape it still [1]. 

taping wire to a mason jar lid
Image credit: Nifty 

Congratulations, you are one step closer to having a crystal candle. Now, grab the mason jar band and put super glue all around the outside of it. Following this, roll it in a bowl of alum powder. And here comes the hard part, you have to let it dry for an hour or two. 

gluing alum powder to the rim of a mason jar lid
Image credit: Nifty 

This is where making your crystal candle gets fun

Boil two cups of water, add one cup of alum power AND one tablespoon of food coloring. I don’t know what it is, but using food coloring always gets me so excited because it is just SO pretty. If you’re curious, it should look something like this.

Food coloring, alum powder and water boiling in a pot
Image credit: Nifty 

At this point in crafting your crystal candle, it’s time to pour this colorful concoction. Once it’s been enough time, go back and grab that mason jar lid and band because it’s about to get colorful! Go ahead and submerge your lid into the concoction, holding the long part of the wire that you attached earlier. Wait 20 minutes so it has time to dry [1].

Cutting the wire out of the crystal candle
Image credit: Nifty 

It’s time to cut the wire and place a small tea candle and the center of the mason jar lid. Grab a lighter, or a match, and light the wick of the candle to give the full magical effect. And there you have it, a crystal candle.

Red crystal candle burning
Image credit: Nifty 

Keep Reading: Easy DIY Magic: How To Grow Your Own Quartz Crystals At Home


  1. These Crystal Candles Are Magically Easy To Make.” Buzzfeed. RayPajar, et al. January 7, 2017.