Having candles around your home is a great way to step up the decor in your house and set a pleasant and relaxing mood. Many first-time candle lovers will go out and ONLY get candles for their homes. But unbeknownst to them, there is a wide variety of necessary candle accessories, as well as a few that are just nice to have around the house.
There are many candle accessories out there, but some are must-haves, while others are just nice-to-have. It is critical to have a candle snuffer, a lighter, and a few other items. On the other hand, the list of nice-to-have accessories is nearly endless, but candle pins and shades are popular.
Sometimes the sheer number of different candle accessories out there can seem daunting to some people. So, in this article, I’m going to break down some of the best essential and optional extra candle items so you can have a full understanding of what each thing is for and whether you need it or not.
While some people can go their whole lives without any candle accessories, there are usually a few basic ones that the vast majority of candle lovers end up getting at some point. Many other candle accessories are quite rare and are simply NOT critical for you to have if you just burn a few candles in your home.
Because of this discrepancy, I’ve split all the candle accessories that I will cover in the article into two main categories: must-have items and nice-to-have items.
Let’s just get right into some of the best and most popular candle accessories that can step up your candle game and make the whole experience of having candles a little more pleasant.
Must-Have Candle Accessories and Items
While many candle accessories are pretty optional, there are a few that REALLY can be useful, and you’ll wish you got sooner.
So, in the next couple of sections, I’ll go over some of the must-have candle accessories and items that will make your life just a little bit easier.
Not only can most of these accessories make lighting and snuffing candles a more pleasant experience, but there are a few items on this must-have list that can make burning candles in your home a little safer.
As a kid, blowing out candles was one of my favorite things to do. It was a magical experience as a kid to watch the wispy smoke from the snuffed candle trail upwards and dissipate into the air.
However, blowing out a candle can sometimes be very dangerous, which is why I now wholeheartedly recommend you get a candle snuffer. Depending on the candle shape and design, when you blow out a candle using your mouth, there is the severe potential of spraying hot wax everywhere.
A candle snuffer is a perfect solution to this potentially harmful problem. Candle snuffers, which are just cone-shaped pieces of metal attached to a handle, allow you to carefully snuff out a candle without even the slightest chance of wax blowing everywhere.
They can also be quite decorative and can even be used as decor right next to your candle!
Reusable lighters are an absolute must-have if you’re going to have candles around your house.
Lighters are great because they will usually last quite a while without needing to be replaced or refueled, they can reach right next to the candle wick, and they are easy to use.
Sometimes lighting a candle can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. It depends on the candle design because some are easy to light while others are nearly impossible to get the flame close enough to the wick for it to catch fire.
Long neck lighters allow you to get the flame from the lighter right next to the wick. Some lighters even have bendable necks that enable you to maneuver it nearer to hard-to-reach candle wicks more easily. Lighters are also just super convenient to have around the house and are pretty reliable.
If long-neck lighters aren’t your thing, matches are a great alternative. They are also something you likely have already lying around your home, so that is super great!
For lighting candles, make sure you steer clear of the short and small matches. Lighting a candle can sometimes take a few tries, and it is no fun if the match flame is slowly creeping closer and closer to your fingers while you try to light your candle. Just make sure to get the longer matches so you won’t be in such a rush to light your candle, so you don’t get burned.
Another side benefit of matches is the added smell that they can add to a room. Some people like the smell, and some people don’t, but I tend to find the soft burned wood smell that happens when you burn a match is quite relaxing and can mix well with the candle’s scent.
One of the worst things to happen when you’re burning a candle is for the wax to drip on whatever surface the candle is sitting on. It is always a major disappointment when hot wax gets on a surface because it is quite challenging to remove and often leaves a permanent mark.
A great solution to this problem is a candle tray.
Candle trays are simply trays that you set your candle on to make sure any wax that drips from the candle doesn’t ruin the surface where your candle is. Not only do candle trays add this extra layer of protection against hot wax hitting whatever surface your candle is on, but they also can add to the decor of your home.
Candle trays come in many different shapes and sizes, so you can no doubt find one that fits into the look and decoration of your home. Candle trays can actually be quite functional decoration pieces!
Candle holders are a great way to add some decoration to your simple candles and up your home decor game. Not only are candle holders quite practical because they protect whatever surface they are on from dripping wax, but they can also be quite decorative.
Not all candles NEED a candle holder to work and stand up properly, but almost all types of candles can work with one if that’s what you choose. Some of the most popular types of candles to use with a candle holder are votive candles, tea lights, and taper candles.
Candle holders usually have raised platforms (for tea lights) or bases for you to stick the candles into (for taller candles, such as taper candles). They come in various shapes and sizes, so which candle holder you pick will largely depend on your preferences and the type of candle you need it to hold.
Candle holders are great for various reasons, but their most important function is to hold up tall candles that can’t stand independently. For candles that can stand alone, they serve as a designated place for those candles to sit.
Candle holders are great for decoration and can transform a simple tea light into a decorative and appealing item in your home.
Candles and candle accessories often seem very simple and minimalistic, but then you run into something like a wick trimmer. Wick trimmers are one of the more exciting accessories on this list, and they are an item you will want to make sure you get if you plan on lighting candles often in your home.
A wick trimmer is a specially designed cutting tool used to trim a candle’s wick down to the ideal length of ¼-⅛ inches.
Many people that are new to candles don’t trim their wicks, but it is essential is you want your candle to look nice. By cutting your candle’s wick, you’re allowing it to burn “cleanly,” and it gives the flame a nice almond shape. If you don’t trim your wicks, the candle’s flame can become a sort of mushroom-shape, and it won’t look very pleasant at all.
Trimming your candle wicks is an absolute must, and using a wick trimmer to do it makes the whole process pretty painless and straightforward. Wick trimmers are definitely a must-have accessory for all candle lovers.
Nice-To-Have Candle Accessories and Items
Now that we’ve gone over some of the best and most popular candle accessories that are must-haves, let’s dive right into some of the more optional candle accessories.
While these nice-to-have candle accessories are not absolutely necessary if you just want to light some candles in your home, they offer many great benefits, whether in the form of functionality or beauty.
So let’s get right into some nice-to-have candle accessories that could substantially improve the experience you have with candles in your home!
Glass Cloche Dome
While traditionally used for growing plants, glass cloche domes are also commonly used alongside candles as decoration for a home. Besides protecting a candle from accumulating dust and other outside debris, there aren’t many practical benefits to putting a cloche over a candle.
Glass cloche domes pretty much are what they sound like; they’re glass domes, often with a glass knob on the top to use as a handle, that you can place over a candle.
Sometimes the domes are large enough so you can place more than one candle underneath it. Bits of greenery or other decorations are also commonly placed under the cloche to add to the display’s beauty and pleasantness.
Overall, glass cloche domes are a great way to display your candles in your home when you aren’t using them, and they also serve the added function of protecting your candle from dust and other debris. They are an excellent way to add a little more beauty to your home when you’re displaying your candles.
Much like the functionality of a glass cloche dome over your candle, candle lids are great for protecting your candle and keeping it clean and free of dust.
Right from the start, just to be clear, you should only put a lid on a candle when it is NOT lit.
As you might have guessed, not all candles can have lids. For example, taper candles are rarely ever housed in a container with a lid because they are so tall, and putting a cover on them would just be impractical. On the other hand, larger jar candles often come with a lid made specifically to fit their jar and protect them when they are not in use.
Another often overlooked aspect of candle lids is their aesthetics and beauty. Many candle manufacturers make impressively beautiful candle lids, which can be displayed when you’re not using your candle and can add an extra level to your home decor.
Candle Wick Dipper
Arguably even better than a candle snuffer, candle wick dippers are a simple, yet practical, way to put out a candle. One of the many benefits of using a candle wick dipper is that there is MUCH less smoke than if you used a snuffer or just blew the flame out.
Candle wick dippers are usually stupidly simple. They can range being a simple piece of wire with a curve on one end to an expertly crafted intricate tool. But the general design for a candle wick dipper is a piece of material with a slight bend on one end.
To use a candle wick dipper, you simply press the curved part of the tool up against the candle’s wick and bend it down into the hot wax to extinguish the flame. Yep, it’s that simple. You’re literally just putting the candle out in its own wax.
Using a candle wick dipper to put out a candle flame means much less smoke, and it is super straightforward to do.
Just be sure not to keep the wick submerged in the hot wax of the candle for too long, or it might become coated in wax. Other than that, it’s tough to go wrong with a candle wick dipper!
Candle pins have been around for quite some time, but recently they have had a surge of popularity. Candle pins are great because they allow you to add a little more customization and beauty to your candles.
You are not able to customize all types of candles with candle pins. Usually, taper candles and pillar candles are the only ones that sport candle pins, but there are always exceptions, so I can’t say they are the only ones. Tea lights and votive candles can’t have candle pins attached to them because their containers often block the candle’s sides.
Candle pins are simply pins that you can stick into the wax on the side of a candle to decorate and customize it to your liking. They often come in flower, bug, and abstract shapes, but there are endless possibilities for the designs of candle pins.
Sometimes buying candles from the store can seem sort of boring because they often all look the same. Candle pins are great because they allow you to make your candles more tailored to your preferences, and they can tie in with the rest of your home decor.
Candle toppers are very similar to candle lids, but there are some distinct differences between the two. One of the main differences is that candle toppers don’t necessarily have to be closed at the top, while candle lids are always.
Commonly found on jar candles or pillar candles in containers, candle toppers are decorative design pieces that you can attach to the top of your candle. Usually, you attach candle toppers by screwing them on the top of a jar candle, but like you would a lid.
But, as I mentioned before, they are usually not closed at the top. One of the main things that toppers do is filter the light from the candle into specific designs or shapes and add some decorative value when you just look at the candle itself. For example, there are many leaf designed candle toppers that project leaf shadows when you light the candle.
Overall, candle toppers are a great way to add a little something extra to your candles, whether they are lit or not.
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Candlelight can sometimes be very harsh, and in settings where you would prefer softer light, but you still want to use a candle, a candle shade might come in handy.
You can use candle shades on almost any type of candle. Some taller candles use special contraptions to keep the shade in place, while also keeping it far enough away from the open flame, so it doesn’t become a fire hazard.
And while we’re on the topic, it is essential to note that candle shades, and candles in general, can become serious fire hazards quite quickly. Just make sure to follow instructions, use common sense and good judgment, and always keep an eye on your candles.
You can make candle shades out of many different materials. Many candle shades are designed to replicate traditional lampshades and are made from fabric or other materials. There are also many beautiful candle shades made of stained glass.
One of the main appeals of candle shades is that they soften the light coming from the candle, but they can also change the light’s color. Either way, candle shades are a great candle accessory that can make your candle a little more beautiful than it was initially.