How to Make a Candle That Burns Bright

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Things You'll Need

  • Coffee can

  • Saucepan

  • 2 lbs. beeswax

  • Fiberglass candle wick

  • Scissors

Make candles using basic craft materials.

When you use candles as alternative lighting in your home, you may feel frustrated by how many candles you have to use in order to achieve sufficient light. Instead of buying candles from a store that are made with cotton wicks that burn quickly, make your own candles using alternative wicks that do not burn as fast. This enables the wick to remain long, which will in turn create a larger, brighter flame. Make handmade candles with alternative wicks using a few basic candle-making supplies.


Step 1

Rinse out an empty coffee can to remove any residual coffee grounds and place the coffee can into a saucepan.

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Step 2

Fill the saucepan halfway full with water.

Step 3

Place 2 lbs. of beeswax into the coffee can. Heat the saucepan over high heat until the beeswax inside of the coffee can melts completely.

Step 4

Cut a piece of fiberglass candlewick using scissors to measure 18-inches long. A fiberglass wick will not burn up but will allow the beeswax to melt around it, creating a larger flame that burns more brightly.

Step 5

Dip both ends 7-inches into the melted beeswax, then pull them out after two seconds. Keep the wick ends separated. Allow the beeswax to cool for two minutes.


Step 6

Dip the candlewick ends into the beeswax again for two seconds, then allow them to cool for another two minutes. Repeat this process until the candles are as thick as you prefer.

Step 7

Cut the two candles apart using scissors.


Keep melted beeswax out of the reach of children.


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