How to Make Homemade Candles for Beginners

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Who doesn't love decorating their home or apartment with a beautiful candle? They add warmth and light to every space and just generally make your home feel cozier. The only problem? They don't last forever and can be a little pricey. But the great part is you can make them yourself really easily with a few supplies and a little bit of know-how. Chances are you have a lot of the things you'll need already at home.

Materials Needed

Another bonus of making your own candles is that you can control what goes into them. If you're sensitive to fragrance, you can leave it out. If you're concerned about keeping the air in your home as clean as possible, you can choose to use soy wax. Although there are many different types of candles, they all contain three main components: wax, a wick, and a container.

  • Wax
  • Wick
  • Container
  • Fragrance and color (optional)
  • Pot to melt the wax
candle making materials
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Safety Considerations

Before you dive into your own do-it-yourself candle making project, please understand the basics of candle safety, both when you're making them and using them. It's always worth mentioning that you should never leave a lit candle unattended.

Before you get started, read through the full instructions for making homemade candles. When you're ready to begin, prep the area where you'll be making your candle. Cover the surface with newspaper or a brown paper bag.


Once you have your station set up, you'll need to find a wax that's appropriate for the type of candle you want to make and a wick appropriate for the wax you've selected. Keep in mind that some wicks do not burn hot enough to melt some types of wax. You'll also need to select the right mold or container to hold the melted wax, fragrance or color for the candle if desired, and a match to light the candle when it's done!

Then, you'll need a heat source like a hot plate or electric stove to melt the wax. Then you'll need an old pot to melt the soy wax in. When buying wax, it's smarter and easier to buy wax flakes. It melts faster and more evenly. You'll want to melt enough wax to fit the vessel you choose.

Before you pour the wax, place your wick into the appropriate vessel. We like to use an empty candle container that was previously used up—it's eco-friendly and budget-friendly!

Insert the wick into the container for your homemade candle
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Add your color and fragrance to the melted wax in the pot, if desired.

add color and fragrance to melted wax
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After melting the wax, carefully pour the hot wax into the container.

pour the hot wax into the candle container
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Use skewers or popsicle sticks to help keep the wick in place. Let the wax cool completely and then trim the wick down to size.

holding the wick in place
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More Ways to Make Candles

After making your first candle, you can get more adventurous and try making different types of candles, just be sure to choose the appropriate wax and wick for a more advanced project. Want a more personal touch? You can customize your candle even further by choosing a fragrance or essential oil to scent your candle—the variations of candles you can make are limited only by your imagination and your willingness to experiment.

From simple projects like basic container candles and votives with wick pins to more complex creations like beeswax rolled pillars and dipped taper candles, there's no shortage of craft projects you can do with a bit of wax, a heat source, and some time.

It's incredibly easy to make your own candles at home. Although it's simple to make average candles, customizing your wax, wick, fragrance, and container choices will yield spectacular results. Not only will you save money making your own, but you can also give these beauties as gifts during the holidays (or any time!). Happy making!