Getting Started with Candle Making

So you are interested in making your own candles. Well, you are at the right place. In this post, we are going to walk you through everything you need to know to kick-start your candle making journey. Since this is a simple homemade candle making guide, you can use paraffin wax.

This post will show you exactly how to use a candle mold, color them, and also use essential oils or fragrance to scent your candles. Even if you have never experimented with candle making, this post will enlighten and help you get started with ease.

We will also feature some great complete candle making kits that will help to jumpstart your journey into making your own beautiful candles.

Below are a few supplies and tools to get started with candle making.

Where to Buy
Paraffin wax
Soy wax
Fragrance Oils
Double Boiler
Pouring Pitcher
  • Wax – the most essential part of the candle. There are three types of wax to choose from, namely Paraffin wax, Soy wax, and Beeswax. Paraffin is the conventional wax that has been in use for hundreds of year. The only downside is that it is a petroleum byproduct and potentially toxic. Soy wax is made with soybean oil, but can also be blended with other waxes. Beeswax is the oldest candle-making ingredient. It is a byproduct of the honey-making process. You can easily add fragrance to paraffin and soy waxes, but not effectively to beeswax because of its natural scent.
  • Fragrance Oils – fragrance gives your burning candle a pleasing aroma. Without them, you just have burning wax.
  • Double Boiler – this is a must-have for a homemade candle, it melts the wax directly over the flame in a normal pot.
  • Color – they are available in liquid or block form, but you can use these dye chips to color your candles.
  • Container or Molds – you can use these candle tin for your DIY candle making project.
  • Wick – when it comes to wick, your major concern should be size, the wrong wick can spoil your candle. The larger size is mostly recommended for container candles. So we recommend this one here.
  • Scale – you will need a good scale to weigh your wax and fragrance oil. If you don’t have one already, this is a good choice.
  • Heat Source – you probably already have a stove or a hot plate for melting your wax.
  • Pouring Pitcher or Saucepans – you can either use a double boiler or this for melting your wax.
  • Thermometer – this is used for measuring the temperature of your melted wax. This thermometer works just fine.

You can also choose from a variety of candle making kits on Amazon. Here are some examples, DilaBee Complete DIY Candle Making Kit Supplies, Nature’s Blossom Candle Making Kit, and Burning Wick Candles Candle Making Kit.

Steps to make your own candle

1. Melt the wax

Using your double boiler, melt your paraffin wax or any other wax you chose to use. If you’re using a saucepan, fill half of it and bring to boiling point. Once it is boiling, lower the heat and place a metal or heatproof glass bowl on the rim of the pan and ensure it touches the water.

2. Wick your mold or container

While the wax is melting, you can adhere the wick to your container or mold. Thread your needle and pass it through the hole in the mold. Remove the needle, leaving only the wick through the hole at the base of the mold or container.

3. Add fragrance or essential oils

Once the wax has melted completely, add your desired fragrance oils or essential oils. Every wax is different and requires different quantity per weight of wax, so endeavor to follow the accompanied candle wax instructions. Pour the fragrance into your double boiler, stir for 30 seconds to ensure even distribution.

4. Cool and pour into the container

Once you have added the fragrance or essential oil, allow it to cool for some minutes, say to about 1300 – 1400F so that it can set better. This takes only a few minutes, so watch your thermometer closely.

When the wax cools, empty it into the mold or container and hold the wick so that it can maintain a center position.

5. Secure the Wick

The wick needs to stay in the center of the wax because having an off-center wick will make it not to burn properly, and we don’t want that. To get the wick to maintain a center position, simply place a pen or pencil on top of the mold or container and tie the wick to it.

6. Trim Wick

Trim excesses wick sticking out of the candle to prevent it from burning too big and hot. One way to know if the wick is too long is to look at the flame once you light the candle, if the flame is more than an inch high and flickers frequently, it is too long, trim it and light it again.

7. Clean Up

The best way to clean off wax is by using a paper towel to wipe it off while it is still in the liquid form. Avoid washing it down the drain or using the dishwater as the wax can solidify and block your pipes. Just in case the wax solidifies before you attempt to clean with a paper towel, you can easily scrape it off.

There you have it. Candle making is not really difficult, but you will never know until you give it a try. Get all the necessary supplies and tools and have fun.