How to Make Scented Candles at Home

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Make yourself a scented candle.
Make yourself a scented candle. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Scented candles fill your home with aromas that may leave you feeling peaceful. Various scents are often used to inspire feelings of ease, satisfaction or sleepiness, for example. In addition, the candles are ideal for getting rid of unpleasant odors, along with creating a romantic atmosphere. Making the candles at home can save you money -- and they can be even better than the store-bought variety.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 inches of wick
  • Candle mold, 6-inch high
  • Double broiler
  • Washer
  • Candle sponge
  • Wick bar
  • Wax, 2 lbs.
  • Several small pieces of wax, in different colors than the main wax
  • Candle scented oil, 3 tbsp.
  • Several pieces of candle dye

Put the wick through the hole on the sponge wick holder. Place the wick through the washer and onto the sponge by 1.5 inches. Tie a knot at the washer's base.

Place the opposite end of the wick through the hole at the bottom of the candle holder. Place the wick through the center of the wick bar. Pull the wick tight, and then rest it over the end of the wick bar. Wrap the wick around the end several times to prevent it from moving.

Add water to the bottom of a double broiler and then bring it to a boil. Place wax and candle dyes into the top of the broiler. Next, place scented oil into the top of the broiler.

Melt the wax in the broiler and then pour it in the mold, until it reaches the top. Cut the wick from just below the wick holder.

Cut the knot from under the mold and then pull the mold off the candle.

Tips & Warnings

  • When the mould is filled, allow it to cool or place it in some cold water. When soft to touch, put the mould in ice water and the candle will come right out.
  • While making the candles, remember to melt the wax and not try to boil it as it will burst into flames. Also, remember to use gloves when handling hot wax.

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