There it is! You made a taper candle! If you happen to have any cracks in your candle, light a match and hold it to the problem areas; cracks or scratches will smooth and re-seal once it cools.
Your handmade taper will fit best into a candlestick holder that’s 1″ – 1-1/4″ in diameter. If you need to make a custom size, you can take a piece of wood, drill into the end with a paddle bit, and you’ll have a pretty rustic candlestick holder in just minutes. For a secure fit, plan for the hole to be just a hair smaller than your candle; you’ll know it’s a tight fit if a little wax flakes off when the taper is inserted in the holder.
Trim your wicks to a short, manageable length (1/4″ is recommended).
Display your candlesticks with other seasonally appropriate accents to create a pretty, handmade centerpiece.