All candles need three basic components: wax, a wick, and a container. So, whether you’re looking for a pillar candle to sit gracefully upon your candle holder or a tapered candle to light up your next dinner, there’s a simple process to help you out. Check out our contemporary candle holders to see what type of candle you’d like to try crafting.
Some candles require different materials. You’ll want to purchase a mould for a pillar or votive candle to create the perfect shape. Tapered candles for candlestick holders require longer wicks.
After choosing which shape you desire, you’ll have to select a wax. Paraffin is an affordable wax, but it’s not the cleanest burning. Soy wax burns cleaner and is also quite reasonably priced. Beeswax is a little more expensive, but it also lasts longer than other waxes and has a wonderfully subtle honey smell. Tapered candles are usually created with beeswax, but you can also use paraffin wax. If you’d like your candle to burn even longer, you can purchase additives or wax that already has some.
Materials you’ll need:
- Double boiler or Bain-marie
- Skewers or ice lolly sticks
- Fragrance or essential oils
- Dye ingredients
Before you get started, read through the full instructions for making your homemade candles. When you're ready to begin, prep the area where you'll be making your candle and cover the surface with newspaper or a brown paper bag.
1. Place the wick
2. Melt the Wax
3. Transfer the Wax
No matter the type of candle you’re trying to prepare, the process can take a few tries before you have a candle that satisfies you. Don’t get discouraged if the scent of your candle isn’t as strong as you’d like or there are bubbles on the surface. Keep trying, and you will be a pro at homemade candle-making! Once your candle has cooled for at least 24 hours, trim your wick down to size, light your candle, and enjoy!