Clear glass oil candles are a pretty, elegant addition to any tabletop, and adding colored lamp oil just makes them more spectacular. Unfortunately, oil that comes pre-colored is considerably more pricey than clear paraffin oil, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find the exact color you want.
Also, if you want to use a different color for every occasion (Halloween, St. Patty’s Day, Christmas or Hanukkah), you’ll end up with a lot of half-used bottles of very pricey oil. You can always mix them together and have a lot of brown (for…Groundhog Day?)
Well, friends, save your money and launch your career as a lamp oil color mixologist. All you’ll need is pure paraffin oil and some liquid candle dye (don’t try water-based food coloring. It mixes with paraffin oil like, well water-based food coloring. Not at all.).
You’ll only need to buy the smallest amount of the candle dye, because this stuff is potent. Start by adding just one drop to the clear oil, and stir or shake until it’s evenly distributed. You can always add more if you desire a deeper color. If you’re planning on creating a variety of different colors, I’d invest in a set of primary color dyes (red, blue and yellow), so you can mix up a rainbow of oils.
For maximum visual effect, you’ll probably want to pick up some replacement wicks, so your wick will match the oil color du jour.
So get creative, save some cash, and send us pics of your prettiest oil creations!