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How to make candles yourself – Follow simple steps and make beautiful creations from wax

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Store-bought wax candles are beautiful and versatile, but usually cost more than if you were to make your own candles yourself. Moreover, such DIY projects can be easily realized in your own home by using natural wax and essential oils. You can get creative and make various variations, such as bubble candles or scented candles, without much effort. Here are some inspiring examples with instructions that are also suitable for beginners and can be customized.

Discover a new hobby and make cheap DIY candles yourself

make your own candles by creative and cheap method with simple materials and give them to someone as a gift

While scented or traditional wax candles add warmth and light to any room and make your home cozier, they don’t last forever. Given the ever-increasing prices, this can get a little expensive over time. However, it’s easy to learn how to make these sources of warmth and light. They usually contain only three main components: Wax, a wick and a container. If you are interested in home design, you know that such DIY projects can be a popular choice to create a beautiful and unique home decor. Although creating something of your own is satisfying, it can sometimes be difficult to find such a simple project that is fun at the same time.

cover work surface with newspaper when making candles with wax

In addition, homemade candles are endlessly customizable, classically beautiful, and uncomplicated. They are a favorite for crafters for good reason. When you make your own candles, you can also use them to create personalized gifts for any occasion. There are many different types and you decide what goes in them. For example, if you are sensitive to fragrance, you can leave it out. Use soy wax if it’s important to you to keep the air in your home as clean as possible. To make the process easier, you can consider the following preparation steps:

  • Cover the work surface with newspaper or a brown paper bag.
  • Be sure to choose the appropriate wax and wick for a more advanced project.
  • You can further customize your candle by choosing a scent or essential oil

Without further ado, here are some variations you can start with to put your skills and imagination to the test.

Here’s how to make a simple and sustainable soy candle

as a decoration for any home or a suitable christmas gift make your own scented candles

Before you begin, read through the full instructions on how to make homemade candles. When you are ready to begin, prepare the area where you will make your candle. All you need is a candle making kit, your favorite essential oils, and a heat resistant container to pour your candles into yourself. Once you have everything set up, it’s easy to make several of these at once. The following materials are needed for this:

  • soy wax for candle making
  • large candle wicks
  • vials of scented oil to your liking
  • spatula
  • heat-resistant container
  • pot for water bath
  • Clinical thermometer
  • A few chopsticks, popsicle sticks, wooden skewers or pencils

Follow simple step-by-step instructions to make your own candles

hold the wick in a glass and carefully pour melted candle wax to make it

  • Before you start making candles, make sure you have a clean, flat surface to work on. You can also protect the area with newspaper or paper towels. Remove anything you don’t want to get wax on.
  • Then measure how much wax you would need to fill your container, and then double it. This is how much wax you will need to melt.
  • Now add the wax to the water bath and let it melt for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Once your candle wax has melted, it’s time to add fragrance oils. Follow the instructions on the wax package to add the right amount.
  • Simply pour the fragrance oil into your melted wax and stir for a few seconds. Although this step is optional, it can allow for a beautiful floral scent.
  • The wick needs to be attached to the bottom of your container before you pour in the wax. You can do this by dipping it into the melting wax and then quickly sticking it to the bottom of the container.
  • Then let the wax sit for five minutes to harden. Alternatively, you can use glue to do this.
  • Before pouring the candle wax into your container, let it cool for a few minutes. When the temperature on the thermometer reads 60 degrees, it’s time to pour.
  • Then pour the wax slowly into your container, holding the wick but not pulling on it.
  • Leave a small amount of wax in the pot to refill your candle with later.

shorten the possibly too long wick of a homemade candle to the desired length with scissors

  • To prevent your wick from swaying in the melting wax, be sure to secure it in place. Place two chopsticks across the top of the container and position the wick between them to keep it centered while the wax hardens.
  • Then allow the wax to harden for four hours at room temperature.
  • If your candle has hardened with an unsightly top, you can simply reheat it and add the remaining wax.
  • Finally, your candle wick should be less than 1.5 inches long. If the candle flickers when lit or has a high flame, you can shorten it accordingly.

Another 3 creative variations

try flowery variant with leaves and make candles as a gift with essential fragrance oil

Flower Candles – Using a paintbrush and some wax, glue dried petals from your favorite bouquet of flowers to the side of the container. Do this before pouring the wax into the container in step five. Mix petals of different types for a colorful candle. You can also add a scented oil that matches the petals you are using.

make colorful candles yourself by using wax sticks with melting in a pot jpg

Make colorful candles yourself – In step two, add crushed colorful wax crayons to your melting candle wax. You will need 12 to 15 crayons for each candle. Choose crayons in the same color family to create the prettiest shade.

romantically hide a ring or other jewelry as well as toys in homemade wax candles

Buried Treasure Candles – Find a small, inexpensive treasure such as a small toy, ring or necklace and place it in the container before pouring the wax in step five. Then pour candle wax over it to “bury” the treasure. If you want to see the treasure in the candle, you can use a candle gel instead and mark the spot with “X”. This is suitable for Valentine’s Day, for example, or if you are planning an engagement.

use transparent candle gel and special kit for making candles at home

With the above suggestions, you can make decorations for your own home or even better, a thoughtful gift for someone else. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, bundle your candles with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for the ultimate gift idea or home presentation. There are countless ways to customize your candles, so get creative and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Make bubble candles yourself

subtle living room decoration with indoor plants and a homemade bubble candle

Last but not least, you can try a popular containerless option that will add texture to your decoration or gift and make it even more unique. The bubble candle trend is just as easy to make and is another eye-pleasing DIY option. Here are the materials you’ll need to make them:

  • bubble-shaped silicone molds
  • Candle wax
  • Candle wicks
  • scented oils (optional)
  • melting pot and normal cooking pot
  • Wooden skewer
  • canning jar
  • Paper plate


make colorful bubble candles with silicone molds and soy wax for more texture

  • First, thread the candle wick through the rod of the bow tie and through the hole in the mold.
  • Then place the mold on a paper plate with the rod facing up and set aside.
  • Then fill a pot halfway with water and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  • First, add the candle wax as flakes to the melting pot and place it in the water bath to melt, stirring constantly.

special silicone molds made for bubble candles hold warm wax and wick with wooden skewers

  • Once the wax is completely liquid, pour an amount equal to the size of your silicone molds into a quart jar and add candle wax color.
  • Mix everything together with a wooden skewer until the dye is completely dissolved. Add scents to taste.
  • Now carefully pour the colored wax into the molds and let it set completely.
  • Once the candle is completely hardened, remove the rod of the wick and the mold and cut the wick as needed.