How to Make a Wood-Wick Candle by Yourself

WoodWick candles are scented candles that sport a wooden candlewick, which are a recent trend in candle making. Not only do wooden wicks burn longer than other types of wicks, they burn with the soft crackling sound of a fireplace, making these a more enjoyable selection than those with traditional wicks. However, WoodWick candles are more expensive than your average candle. You can make your own wood-wick candle by following these instructions, but remember to use caution when dealing with hot wax.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Double boiler
  • Candle wax
  • Candle dye
  • Fragrance oil
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Glass jars
  • Wood wicks with tabs
  • Hot glue gun
  • Nail Clippers

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Step 1

Protect your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2

Set the oven to between 150 to170 degrees F (or the keep-warm setting if you can’t set it that low). Line up your candle jars on the cookie sheet and place it in the oven to prevent them from cracking when you pour the hot wax into them.

Step 3

Set up a double boiler on the stove with and fill one-quarter of the lower pot with water. Place your wax in the upper pot and let melt.

Step 4

Add one part candle fragrance for every four parts wax. Add enough candle dye to the wax to tint it, but be careful not to overdo this step, as too much oil and dye will stop the wooden wick from crackling as it burns. Stir the fragrance and dye into the wax.

Step 5

Remove the candle jars from the oven. Place a small dot of hot glue in the center of each of the jars to hold the wicks in place. Press the tabs in place gently.

Step 6

Slowly pour the wax into the jars. If you pour too fast, you may push the wick off center or create air bubbles in your candle.

Step 7

Use a pair of nail clippers to trim the wick to about 1/2 inch. Allow the candles to cool and cure for 24 hours.

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