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How to Make Candles {Easy, Step-By-Step Candle Making DIY}

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Ever wanted to learn how to make candles? I have everything you need to know in this post! 

I know not everyone is Team Candle but I definitely am.

I have candles burning most days around my house, and I love the scents, creative containers and cozy feel they bring to my home.

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I also love to give candles as gifts, and give them for birthdays, thank-you gifts, and even teacher gifts.

Even though I’ve crafted almost everything under the sun, I’ve never made candles before. I don’t know why, exactly.  I think I was maybe slightly intimidated by the process.

Turns out, making candles couldn’t be easier. Seriously! The process went so easily and was a lot less messy than I had imagined.

How to Make Candles

First, you need to gather your supplies. Please see the printable instructions card below for links to purchase yourself!

I purchased most of my supplies from candlescience, but will also include some amazon links for those of you who like fast/free shipping.

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A couple notes before we get to the how-to.

I purchased wick stickers to attach the wick to the bottom of my containers, and I’m so glad I did. A lot of people don’t use these and instead use some of the melted wax to adhere the wick. I’m sure that works, this was just so, so easy and ensured a secure fit with the bottom of my container.

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You can buy metal wick bars to hold your wick in place while drying. 

I didn’t find it necessary, and just used a couple of sharpies/pens/popsicle sticks to keep the wick where I wanted it while the candle dried. 

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Printable recipe is below! Just a note, this recipe makes two, 8 ounce candles. 

You can repeat the recipe (swapping out the fragrance, if desired) to make additional candles. You can also double the recipe to make four candles if you want to keep them all the same scent.

Easy Candle Making

Yield: 12 Candles

How to Make Candles {Easy, Step-By-Step Candle Making}

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Want to learn to make your own candles? This easy tutorial will show you how!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost 100

Instructions

  1. Prep your candles by placing a wick sticker at the bottom of your wick and attaching to the bottom center of your container. Add a warning label to the outside bottom of your container.
  2. Add 16 ounces of wax to your pouring pitcher, and place in a saucepan with a couple inches of water. This will act as your double boiler. Heat water to medium.
  3. Melt wax to 185 degrees, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove wax from heat, and add 1 ounce of fragrance to your wax, stirring for approximately two minutes.
  5. Pour into containers when wax cools to 135 degrees.
  6. Use a wick centering device or a couple of pencils/popsicle sticks, etc, to keep the wick centered while cooling.
  7. Cool overnight.
  8. Trim wick to 1/4 inch.

Notes

If you find that, after cooling, your candle top isn't smooth, or the candle is pulling away from the container, you can either melt a little more wax to finish off the top, or use a heat gun to smooth out the surface.

To help prevent this, I like to heat my oven to the lowest setting, place containers in the oven and then turn oven off and open the door. You just want to warm containers a little so that the hot wax adheres a bit better.

Did you make this project?

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If you want to label your candles, you’ll want a set of these Avery labels.

These labels are 2×2 square, and you can create any design you want and upload it to avery.com. 

If you’d like a different size or shape label, you can find them on both amazon and avery.com!

 

Thanks so much for reading all about How to Make Candles {Easy, Step-By-Step Candle Making DIY}. Have a crafty day!

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