What You'll Need To Start
Equipment / Tools
Hot plate or electric stove
Skewers or Popsicle sticks
How to make DIY candles
1. Choose your heat-proof container and determine how much wax you will need.
Use a measuring cup of water to accurately measure by filling the vessel with water and then pouring it into the measuring cup. This is how much melted wax you'll need.
2. Place and attach your wick.
Place the wick in the middle of the bottom of your vessel. At this point, you'll want to attach your wick so that it remains straight. An easy option is to use masking tape and popsicle sticks to form a brace at the top of your vessel to hold the wick in place.
3. Heat the wax.
Heat the wax in a saucepan on the stove until it is the consistency of a liquid oil. You can clean the saucepan and use it for food again afterward, but if you're concerned about the mess, you can also use a double boiler for this step. Fill your pan with water and place a heat-proof container with your wax in or on the water bath. Bring the water to a boil and stir until your wax has melted. Carefully remove your wax from heat.
4. Choose essential oils, and add your scent.
Now is the time to add those. Make sure your wax has cooled down to below 140 degrees Fahrenheit or the essential oil could be damaged. Add up to 20 drops for a 16 ounce candle. You'll often need more scent than you anticipate.
TIPS:When selecting a scent for your candle, you'll want to choose essential oils that have a stronger, longer-lasting fragrance, including eucalyptus, cinnamon, orange, or pine. Try combining your main scent with a less dominating fragrance to achieve the perfect balance. Check out our blend guide for some more inspiration.
Then, you can test scent combinations by placing your blend on a cotton ball and taking a whiff. Adjust the ratios as needed before you choose to add the oil to your wax.
5. Transfer the melted wax and fragrance to your container and let cool.
Once it has cooled completely, trim the wick down to about one-quarter inch, light, and enjoy your
deliciously scented and unique scent candle!
Though it may take take some experimentation to achieve the perfect smooth top or ideal scent intensity, every batch along the way will likely still result in something beautiful for you or someone you love. Enjoy the process of learning and testing, and stay cozy!