Today we are learning how to draw a candle. Candles can be many different sizes and colors, but today we will be doing basic shapes that you can adjust as needed.

You could draw many small candles, like on a birthday cake or you could do a few larger ones placed around the living room like at Grandma’s house. It’s up to you.

Candle drawing supplies


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Crayons, colored pencils or markers (for this I like the blendability of colored pencils.)

Let’s get started:

First, let’s make sure our paper is portrait, that means tall like a tower.

Artist tip: point to the middle of your paper with your finger. This will tell your eyes how much space you have to draw in. It does not have to be exact!

How to draw a candle step 1

1. Let’s put a small dot where our finger just was.

How to draw a candle step 2

2. Draw a thin oval, using the dot as part of the bottom line of the oval. This will be the top of the candle. It can be as wide as you choose, mine is about the width of my hand.

3. Next, we are going to draw 2 lines straight down to the bottom.

how to draw wax dripping

4. Let’s add some wax dripping off the side. Exaggerate the line coming off the top: give it a wavy edge at the bottom, bring it back up to the top, curving it as you go. This will look like the wax buildup spilled over.

How to draw the wick of a candle

5. Add a small thick line in the middle of the oval, for the wick. This can come up past the top line.

How to draw a flame of a candle

6. Add a teardrop shape above the wick, for the flame.

How to draw a candle instructions

7. Now for the fun part, COLOR! Adding color really helps to bring this drawing to life.

There you go! You’ve done it! A Candle!

Let’s see what else we can draw together…next time.


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