Thanks! I first spray painted them white and I diluted water and black paint in a cup and painted that on first, I probably used a 4 to 1 ratio of water to black paint. Once that was on there (still wet) I put a little more black black paint into the mixture and painted it on the candle. Once it was on I wiped it off with a paper towel. Kinda like how you would stain something and let dry. The only issue I've come across is if you don't get the black paint out of the cracks it drips down And repeat if necessary!