How to Make Candles

Candle making at home is a fun, easy way to make candles that you can use around the home or give as gifts or wedding favors. Use fragrant oils to scent, or make natural-scented candles using bee's wax. A container candle (shown here) is the perfect introduction to making candles.

Things You'll Need

  • Wax, such as bee’s wax or soy wax
  • Wicks
  • Containers, such as mason jars or vases
  • Melting pot with a pour spout
  • Glue gun
  • Craft sticks
Final Example
Final Example (Image: Jessica Begum)

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Candle making supplies

Step 1

To make candles, you'll need wax, wicks, jars or other small containers, a melting pot, a glue gun and craft sticks. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials

Here are the supplies you'll need.
Here are the supplies you'll need. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 2

Place jars on flat surface where they can stay put for a few hours, as you don’t want to move jars once wax is poured. Begin by hot gluing the bottom of the wicks to the bottom of the jars.

Note that wicks come in a few different sizes, usually 6 inches or 9 inches, and various thicknesses (small, medium and large). Use the wick length and size that makes sense for the size of your container; with a short, small, container, for example, you might use a 6 inch, small wick.

Glue wicks to the bottom of the container.
Glue wicks to the bottom of the container. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 3

Melt wax -- only melt 2 pounds or less at a time -- on low heat over the stovetop. Do not melt in the microwave. If wax came in a large block, cut into 2 inch squares before melting.

Melt wax
Melt wax (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 4

Once wax is completely melted, carefully pour into containers. Use a craft stick to prop the wicks up in the center so that they don't get fully buried by the wax.

Pour wax into containers.
Pour wax into containers. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 5

Let the wax dry for several hours. Trim the wicks that are sticking out of the wax to ¼ inch high.

Trim wick.
Trim wick. (Image: Jessica Begum)
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