Basic Candle Making Instructions

How to Get Started Making Candles Today

Candles hanging in shop, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Candle making has been a part of people's lives since the dawn of time. From the earliest rush lights, to candles made from tallow or spermaceti and to modern paraffin candles, most people have grown up with candles around them. Whether having candles as decoration around the house or as emergency lighting when the power goes out, they have served a purpose in both design and functionality.

The Role of Candles Today

Today, we do not need candles for daily illumination, but there is nothing like candles to bring warmth and light to a room.

If you experimented with candle making in grade school, making dipped candles or sand candles, you also know the joy of knowing that you made it yourself.

Making Your Own Candles

It's fairly easy to get started making your own candles. You just need a few simple ingredients, some basic tools and equipment that you likely have stored away in your kitchen or garage. The basic knowledge of the procedure below will help guide you once you have gathered your materials.

Although there are many different types of candles, they basically all contain two or three components, typically including wax, a wick and a container.

Eight Materials Needed

  1. An understanding of basic candle safety both in the making and use of them.
  2. A heat source like a hot plate or electric stove to melt the wax.
  3. A "double boiler" set up. A large, low pot for boiling water with an old coffee pot can set inside it to melt the wax or a more formal candle wax melting pot will work.
  1. Some wax appropriate for the type of candle you want to make.
  2. A wick appropriate for the wax.
  3. A mold or container to hold the melted wax.
  4. Fragrance or color for the candle, if desired.
  5. A match to light the candle when it's done.

Arts and Craft Projects

After making your first candle, you can advance to various types of candles and choose the appropriate wax and wick for your project.

Personalize your candle even further by choosing a fragrance or essential oil to scent your candle. The variations of candles you can make are only limited by your imagination and your willingness to experiment. Here are some great basic project ideas and inspiration:

You may find that that are endless instructions and how-to's available online that will show you how easy it is to make candles at home. Although it is easy to make average candles, applying careful attention to your ingredients such as the balance of wax, wick, fragrance and container, will bring you greater results. Between practice and testing, you can master the art of making unique candles that you can be proud to display, burn, sell or give as gifts to friends and family.