How to make candles at home

These tips for how to make candles will help you make your own and keep your home smelling fresh.



Key Steps:

  • Always wear heat-protective gloves when handling hot wax.
  • Always take care when using equipment such as scissors.
  • Always work in a well-ventilated are when candle-making.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

Although in today’s society candles are not a necessity, many of us enjoy having them around the house and they are a great way to freshen up your home. Here are some easy steps for how to make candles at home.

Why should you know how to make candles?

There are a few reasons why it is great to know how to make your own candles. Three top reasons are:

  1. Homemade candles will save you money
  2. Homemade candles make great gifts
  3. Knowing how to make candles at home means you can control the ingredients and use ones that will be safe for you and your family.

What do you need to make your own candles?

When it comes to knowing how to make homemade candles you need to first start with some basic ingredients. These include:

  • Wax
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Candle wicks
  • Wick holder
  • A jar or candle mould
  • An old saucepan you no longer require for cooking
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape

How do you make candles?

There are two important things you need to do before following the steps below to start candle-making.

  1. Choose your wax:  You can use natural options like soy, honey candle wax or beeswax or alternatively recycle wax from burnt out candles at home.
  2. Choose a mould:  You can buy specialist moulds, or even make your own from plastic but the easiest mould is to simply use old jars from around your home.

Eight steps to make your own candles at home  

  1. Fill your mould or jar with un-melted wax and tip it into the saucepan. Repeat this step, as you will need double the amount.
  2. Melt the wax over a gentle heat. This will usually take around ten to fifteen minutes.
  3. Connect your wick to the wick holder and pop it at the bottom of your mould or jar, then secure it upright in the centre of your mould or jar by tying it to a pencil laid across the top.
  4. Allow the wax to cool to 60 °C before pouring it into the mould or jar.
  5. Carefully pour in your wax, ensuring you wear heat-protective gloves.
  6. Let the candle set until it is firm, which will take around two hours.
  7. Cut the wick to approximately 1cm above the top of the candle.

Now you know how to make your own candles, you can enjoy lighting them around your home and begin to experiment with adding colour and decoration to your candles, making them perfect for gifts. For more homemade gift ideas, check out our guide to making soap at home.

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