Everyone loves a good candle. Whether it’s to light up a family dinner or 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: what you’ll need
To make candles at home, you’ll need the following items:
- 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
- Pencils or chopsticks
In terms of wax, you can use any type which is available at your local store. Soy or honey candle wax are good natural options but you can even use wax left from an old candle, provided its aroma matches your desired scent. When looking at your options for candle making at home for beginners it might be good to know you can also recycle the candle jars!
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.
How to make candles at home: what to do
Want to know how to make candles at home step by step? Just use these instructions:
- Measure your wax: Put the wax in your container of choice and then double that amount. That is how much wax you need to make a candle at home.
- 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 will help it dry more evenly.
- 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.
- Add essential oils: Not sure how to make scented candles? You can get really creative with candle making at home. Add a few drops of oils depending on the size of your jar and the desired scent intensity. Mix 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.
- 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 later. 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.
- 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.
- Enjoy! Your very own, gorgeous candle that you made at home is now ready!