How to craft the Minecraft candle recipe

Light up your world with Minecraft candles by learning how to make them out of honeycomb and string, and how to dye them one of 16 different colours.

How to make a Minecraft candle: Three purple Minecraft candles give off light on the floor of an Ancient City

The Minecraft candle recipe was added to the sandbox game back during the first half of the massive Caves and Cliffs update, which was released in June. These colourful decorative items don’t give off a huge amount of light, but they certainly help – and, more importantly, they look pretty doing so.

Minecraft candles don’t just stop at atmospherically lighting up your world in the crafting game, they can even light up a cute birthday cake – whether you’re celebrating with yourself, giving one to a friend on a Minecraft server, or even just celebrating the anniversary of when you tamed that pet wolf. However you want to use a candle in Minecraft though, you need to know how to make one and how to get the resources needed, so here’s what you need to know.

How to make a Minecraft candle

Minecraft candles work similarly to sea pickles – they can be placed as standalone objects, and you can group up to four of them on a single block. To light a candle, you’ll need flint and steel, or any flaming projectile. Bedrock Edition lets you be dramatic, allowing you to light a torch using a sword enchanted with fire.

Once lit, each candle emits a light level of three, increasing all the way to 12 if you group together four candles. Only one candle can be placed on top of an uneaten cake. Once that cake has been consumed, the candle falls to the ground. You can extinguish lit candles using water – using too much water causes the candles to become waterlogged, stopping you from lighting the candle.

Minecraft candle recipe: The crafting table screen shows a honeycomb and a string making a candle

Here’s what you need to make a Minecraft candle:

  • Honeycomb x1
  • String x1

To make your own candles, you need to place the honeycomb in the centre square. Place the string directly above it to start crafting candles.

Minecraft candle recipe: The crafting screen shows how to dye a minecraft candle, with one black dye and one candle making a black candle

Here’s what you need to make dyed Minecraft candles:

  • Candles x1
  • Matching Dye x1

Once you have your candles, you can change the colour of them by placing a matching dye next to the candle. These are the 16 dyed Minecraft candles to choose from, giving you plenty of options to decorate your home:

  • White
  • Orange
  • Magenta
  • Light blue
  • Yellow
  • Lime
  • Pink
  • Grey
  • Light grey
  • Cyan
  • Purple
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Red
  • Black

And that’s all you need to know about Minecraft candles. Discover more about the new items introduced in the 1.17 update by reading our Minecraft amethyst guide. It’s also worth reading our Minecraft copper guide to see all of the items you can craft using this precious metal.