How To Make Candles

 Candles are a great way to create ambiance in your home. Whether you want to use them for relaxation, decoration, or as a gift, making your own candles is a fun and easy project. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to make your own candles at home.


Materials Needed

Before we get started, here are the materials you will need:

  • Wax (soy wax or beeswax)
  • Candle wicks
  • Candle dye (optional)
  • Candle fragrance (optional)
  • Candle mold or container
  • Double boiler or pot
  • Thermometer
  • Stirring utensil
  • Scissors

Step 1: Prepare Your Work Area

Set up your work area with all the necessary materials. Cover your work surface with newspaper or a tablecloth to prevent any wax from spilling onto your furniture or floors.

Step 2: Melt the Wax

Fill a double boiler or pot with water and place it on the stove over medium heat. Add the wax to the top of the double boiler or to a heat-safe container if using a pot. Heat the wax to 180-185°F while stirring occasionally with a utensil.

Step 3: Add Candle Dye and Fragrance (Optional)

If you want to add color or scent to your candles, now is the time to do so. Add the candle dye to the melted wax and stir until it is completely dissolved. Then add the candle fragrance and stir well.

Step 4: Prepare the Candle Mold or Container

If you are using a candle mold, spray the inside with cooking spray or rub with a small amount of oil. If you are using a container, place the wick in the center and secure it with a wick holder or by using a small amount of melted wax.

Step 5: Pour the Wax

Once the wax has reached the desired temperature and any color or fragrance has been added, carefully pour it into the mold or container. Leave about 1/2 inch of space at the top. Let the wax cool and solidify for several hours or overnight.

Step 6: Trim the Wick

Once the candle has solidified, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax surface. You can also add a label or decorate the candle as desired.

Pros and Cons of Making Your Own Candles


  • Customizable color, scent, and shape
  • Cost-effective
  • Fun and creative activity


  • Requires some specialized equipment
  • Can be messy
  • Can take some time to complete


Overall, making your own candles is a rewarding and enjoyable activity that can result in beautiful and personalized candles. With a little practice and experimentation, you can create candles that look and smell exactly the way you want.


Q: How long does it take for the wax to melt?

A: It can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes for the wax to melt completely, depending on the amount of wax and the heat source.

Q: Can I reuse old candle wax?

A: Yes, you can melt down old candle wax and reuse it to make new candles.

Q: Can I use essential oils instead of candle fragrance?

A: Yes, essential oils can be used to add scent to candles. However, be sure to use oils that are safe for candle making and follow the recommended usage rate.

Q: Can I use a microwave instead of a double boiler?

A: It is not recommended to use a microwave to melt wax as it can be dangerous and cause the wax to overheat and catch fire. It is best to use a double boiler or a pot on the stove.