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How to Make Candles
How to Make Candles
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Candle making is a lost art, but you can join those who feel it should be brought back. With this How to Make Candles tutorial, you can learn the basics of candle making and help to revive a dying craft. Candles are so much more than just a source of light or heat in this day and age; they’ve evolved from their original utility to become decorative and scented. You can even breath new life into an old candle that’s looking worse for its wear by remaking it into a new candle. When you learn how to make your own candles, you can personalize the aesthetic to match your decorative style, or scent your candle however you like. For example, you could make your very own tea scented candle in an adorable tea cup.

Making candles at home is probably easier than you think. Below, you’ll find all the basic supplies and instructions for making homemade candles. Plus, don’t forget to make some DIY candle holders to display your beauties. Imagine the satisfaction you’ll feel from learning a new skill. Learn how to make your own candles and enjoy the pride of creating from scratch with this DIY tutorial.


Homemade Candles Supplies

  1. Wax is the base of every candle, so obviously, you'll need some. There are different kinds of wax you can use, for example, you can use paraffin wax, soy wax, beeswax, or recycle used candles.

    Pro tip: Soy wax tends to burn the longest, so consider that when choosing your wax.

  2. Knife or grater for the wax

  3. Large pot

    Pro tip:
     If you plan to make candles again, consider having designated pots, containers, and utensils specifically for candle making, since wax is difficult to clean.

  4. Glass container

    Pro tip: Use a glass measuring cup with a handle you could hook on the side of the pot.

  5. Thermometer

  6. Spoon (Try making your own DIY spoon)

  7. Wick

  8. Heat resistant container to mold the candle. Try a fun mason jar craft and use it as your mold.

  9. Weight to hold the wick.

  10. Stick to hold the wick.

  11. Oven mitts (sew up a pair of DIY oven mitts if you need to).

  12. Scissors

  13. Optional:
    Scents-Essential oils work well for this.

    Coloring-Be sure to get oil-based dye, or try coloring your DIY candle with crayons.

How to Make Candles

  1. Prepare a work space. Wax can get messy, and as we've mentioned, it's difficult to clean up, so start by clearing a large, flat surface for your work area and lay down some old newspaper to make the clean up easy when you're done. 

  2. Grate or chop your wax into small chunks with your knife or grater. The smaller the pieces of wax, the easier they will melt, so it's worth putting your back into it. Scoop up all your wax chunks and place them in the glass vessel.

  3. Fill a medium to large size pot with water. Don't fill the water too high, because as your high school science class taught you, when you put a mass into a body of water, the water level rises. Melting wax requires a make-shift double boiler, so leave enough room for your glass vessel as well as enough space for the water the get to a boil. Place the glass vessel into the pot and put it on the stove top to boil.

  4. As your water is boiling, use a thermometer to keep track of the temperature of the wax. If you are going to add a fragrance, you'll want the wax to be heated to about 185 degrees Farenheit before adding.

  5. Optional Steps:

    Add coloring. Follow dye instructions or if you're using crayons then add slowly until you have your desired color. Be sure to stir it in.

    Add fragrance. Remember to get your wax to the correct temperature before adding the fragrance. Follow the fragrance instructions for how much to add to your wax. Stir well.

  6. Prepare your wick. Tie one end to the middle of a stick-like object, whether it be a kabob skewer, a pencil, or some other long, thin, sturdy object. Attach a small weight that you don't mind sacrificing to your candle to the other end to be sure the wick with hang straight. Suspend your wick into your chosen candle mold.

  7. When your wax has melted sufficiently, remove the pot from heat and carefully lift the glass vessel from the pot. This is where your oven mitts come in. Slowly pour the wax into your mold, making sure that the wick doesn't become dislodged in the process.

  8. Let the wax cool. The suggested time is 24 hours, though different types of wax will cool at different rates.

  9. Once your candle is fully cooled, cut the wick to a quarter inch and light it.

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I have not made any candles yet but I have been wanting to. I just have not got around to it. This tutorial reminds me how easy it is to do. I have been told that the soy ones are the best so that is what I am going to do. I like that I can pick my scents and not have to choose from what the store has. Great for giving as gifts so make sure you make extras. Can anyone tell me how to make the wax melts? I really like those too.

This is pretty cool. I think this is something I'll have to do with my friends. I wonder what scents we should do. I really like food smells for my candles like coffee or peppermint.


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