How to make candles at home

Love candles but don't want to spend money on the expensive store varieties? Learn how make your own candles at home with this step-by-step guide.


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Everyone loves a good candle. Whether it’s to light up a family dinner or to add some ambience to a long bath, after a tiring day, a pleasant smell and gentle flicking of a candle can add a touch of luxury to any occasion. Unfortunately, candles sold in stores are often very expensive and may not be the exact scent or design you want. Thankfully, this simple step-by-step guide shows you how to make candles at home using materials that are easy to find.

Candle making at home for beginners- Things you need:

  • Wax or wax flakes

  • Candy thermometer

  • Coconut oil (optional)

  • Cotton candle wicks

  • Wick holders

  • Jars for candles

  • Essential oils

  • Wax dye (optional)

  • Dried herbs or petals for topping (optional)

  • Saucepan or pot

  • Scissors

  • Pencils or chopsticks

  • Tape

  • Scissors

In terms of wax, you can use any type which is available at your local store. Soy or honey candle waxes are good natural options. You can also use wax that is left out of an old candle, provided its aroma matches your desired scent.

To make aroma candles at home, choose essential oils based on your tastes, and the time of year. For winter, go for warm and comforting scents like sandalwood, pepper and chai. For summer, refreshing floral scents like rose or jasmine are great options. Certain aroma candles made with lavender or peppermint oils not only smell wonderful, but also act as natural insect repellents.  

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Follow the below systematic process of making candles at home:

Candle making at home can be a fun, but a messy process. To remove wax residue from the pot, place it in an oven preheated at 100°C and switch the cooker off. Leave the pot for a few minutes and then wipe the melted wax up with paper towels and a little Vim. Don’t forget to wear gloves when handling the pot after it’s been in the hot oven!

Step 1:

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Measure your wax: Put the wax in your container of your choice and then double that amount. That is how much wax you need to make a candle at home.

Step 2:

Melt the wax: Place the wax in an old but steady pot which you no longer intend to use for cooking. Allow it to melt for 10 -15 minutes. If you’re using beeswax, adding two table spoons of coconut oil. It will help the candle to dry more evenly.

Step 3:

Set up your wick: Connect the wick to the wick holder and secure it to the bottom of the jar with a tape. This way, when you pour in your wax, the wick should stay in place and not float.

Step 4:

Add essential oils: Not sure how to make scented candles? You can always get creative with candle making at home. Add a few drops of oils depending on the size of your jar and the desired intensity of the scent. Stir for a few seconds so it blends well with the wax. Try not to use too much oil, as a little goes a long way. You can also add a few drops of candle dye if you fancy.

Step 5:

Pour the wax into a container: Once the wax is fully melted, let it cool for a bit until the temperature on the thermometer shows 60°.  This is to ensure that the wax solidifies evenly and quickly. Pour the wax carefully into the jar, holding the wick in place without pulling. Add dried rose petals or herbs for a more unique look.

Step 6:

Secure the wick: Secure the wick in an upright position by laying a pencil or a chopstick on top of the candle jar and taping the wick to it. Let your homemade candle sit for 2 hours, or until it’s firm. Once it’s dried, cut the wick to around 1 cm in length.

Step 7:

Enjoy! Your very own, gorgeous candle that you made at home is now ready!

Key Steps

  • Always handle hot wax with care to avoid any burns.

  • Cover all the surfaces that you’re using with old newspapers or paper towels.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • To make an aroma candle, just add a few drops of essential oil.

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