26 Quirky Candles To Cast a Creative Glow in Your Home

Cool candles in all different colors, shapes, and scents

A candle is one of the easiest ways to add ambiance to your home. But just because they cast a soft glow in your living room, it doesn't hide the fact that they can look a bit banal. Luckily, there have been some clever candle developments over the past several years and otherwise ordinary balls of wax have been shaped into statement-making pieces for your home.

The Kisa Candle by PyroPet was one of the first cool candles to usher in this new era of illumination. When you begin to burn this candle, it seems as though it's a solid wax creature. But as it melts, a metal skeleton is slowly revealed. Once the candle is completely spent, you have the skeleton as a peculiar keepsake.

There have since been other candles that are quirkier than average, like vibrantly colored strawberry candles that look just like the real fruit, or even one that smells like fruity cereal. So, why settle for your average tea light? Check out some of our picks for unusual candles, below.

In the market for some cool candles? Here's a selection that's quirkier than your average tea light.


Black Cat Skeleton Candle

Black Cat Skeleton Candle

54Celcius | $39


Hugging Friendship Candles

Hugging Friendship Candles

Zoet Studio | $16.98


David Statue Bust Candle

David Statue Candle

T-shin | $12.99


The Kiss Candle

The Kiss Candle

Flatyz | $17.95


Peace Sign Hand Candle


Doll Head Candle


Fruity Cereal Candle


“Legs On Fire” Candles

Legs On Fire Candles

DADA Daily | $64.99


Bubbles Candles

Bubble Candles

Zoet Studio | $12.35+


Curly-Wurly Candles

Curly Candles

QueensParkArt | $17.95


“Smells Like Timothée Chalamet” Candle


Collectible Book-Scented Candles


Macaron Candles

Macaron Candles

Zoet Studios | $27.02


Bowl of Cereal Candle

Bowl of Cereal Candle

Anakz Store | $17.99


Strawberry Candles

Quirky Strawberry Candles

T-shin | $10.99


Balloon Dog Candle


Full Moon Candle

Full Moon Candle

Home Scents | $6.99


Geode Heart Candles


Cacti and Succulent Terrarium Candle

Cacti and Succulent Terrarium Candle

Zoet Candles | $49.95


Flower Shaped Soy Wax Candle


Dip Dye Candles


Wiggle Taper Candles


Unicorn Candle

Unicorn Skeleton Candle

54Celcius | $39


Bunny Candles

Bunny Candles

Zoet Studio | $15.40


Succulent Cactus Candles

Succulent Candles

AMASKY | $10.99


Rocky Mountain Candle


This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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