15+ Quirky Candles to Cast a Creative Glow in Your Home

Cool Candles

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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, cairn candles that you can stack like stones, 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 cool candles? Here's a selection that's quirkier than your average tea light.


Succulent Cactus Candles

Succulent Candles

AMASKY | $9.99


The Kiss Candle

The Kiss Candle

Flatyz | $17.95


Victory Hand Candle

Victory Peace Sign Candle

Sontelia | $24.60


Doll Head Candle


Dip Dye Candles


Fruity Cereal Candle


“Legs On Fire” Candles


Colorful Cairn Candles

Colorful Cairn Candles

UncommonGoods | $35-55


Curly-Wurly Candles

Curly Candles

QueensParkArt | $17.91


‘The Scent of Timothee Chalamet' Candle

The Scent of Timothee Chalamet Candle

CandleDealer | $8.90


“Let's Eat Cake” Soy Candle


Full Moon Candle

Full Moon Candle

Home Scents | $6.99


Shell Candles


Glass Bourbon Pumpkin Candle Gold

Glass Pumpkin Candle

Threshold | $5+


Cacti and Succulent Terrarium Candle

Cacti and Succulent Terrarium Candle

Zoet Candles | $49.95


Flower Shaped Soy Wax Candle

Flower Shaped Soy Wax Candle

YuiBrooklyn | $19.04


White Tea Flora Candle

Novelty Candle

Zoet Studio | $31.56


Rocky Mountain Candle


Kisa Candle

Novelty Candle

PyroPet | $18


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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