Making candles yourself is possible!

Making candles yourself is possible!

Making candles yourself is possible!

How to make candles?

We love candles for romantic dinners, to create a relaxing atmosphere or to scent our home. However, they are often expensive to buy. It's easy to make your own candles!

With only a few ingredients and accessories, you can start making beautiful candles, scented or not. Here is how to make a candle at home.

1.What do you need to make candles?

To make candles at home, you only need a few ingredients and accessories:


A wick

An old pot to melt the wax

A mold or any other container

Of course, you can add dye, fragrances, or simply nothing if you just want to enjoy the glow.

Of course the most important thing after the wax is the wicks. So here is a set of 100 pre-waxed wicks for making candles at home.

2. Kits to make homemade candles

Most craft stores sell kits for making candles at home, often aimed at children but many are for creative adults. These kits include everything you will need to make your own candles: wax, molds, wicks, etc.

These kits can be a great way to get started in candle crafting. It can also be a great activity to do with the kids on a rainy day. They'll be proud to show off their creations to their friends!

3. What wax should I use to make candles?

Kerosene wax has long been used in candle making. But it is also possible to make candles with other waxes. Here are the waxes that can be used to make candles at home:

Kerosene: This is the traditional wax used in candle making for hundreds of years. It is inexpensive and you can easily add colors and scents. The main concern with kerosene is its potentially toxic nature.

Soy: This newcomer is becoming more and more popular. Soy wax was created in the 90's when the "natural" movement started to gain momentum. It is usually made with soybean oil, but also sometimes mixed with kerosene and other waxes (palm, bees, etc.)

Beeswax: The oldest ingredient in candle making. As the name implies, it is produced by bees and is a by-product of the honey-making process. Because of this, it has a naturally golden color, as well as a subtle and sweet scent.

Candle gel: Candle gel is actually kerosene oil gelled with a special polymer. The gel has the great advantage of being translucent, which makes it easy to color to the desired color, as well as burning much slower than pure kerosene.

4. The basic technique for making a candle

A candle is made in a few simple steps. Remember that the wax will be hot, so remember to protect your hands and your surroundings.

Melt the wax over low heat

Add your fragrance or essential oil, dye, etc.

Mix well

Insert a wick to the bottom of the mold or container

Gently pour in the melted wax, holding the wick upright

Hold the wick centered with chopsticks

Allow to harden

5. How to make a colored candle?

This project can be done with children, taking care of their safety. To make a beautiful colored candle, add wax crayons of the desired color when melting the wax.

You will need a dozen or so to get a nice intense color.

6. How to make scented candles?

Do you want to make candles to scent the air in your home? The easiest way to make scented candles is to add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice when the wax is melted.

Choose an essential oil according to its properties, such as lavender and its calming effects.

7. How to make a marine inspired gel candle?

Do you miss the seaside? Create a gel candle inspired by marine settings. Here's how to do it:

Install the wick so it's centered.

Pour 10 millimeters of decorative sand and a few seashells into a glass about 9 centimeters high.

Melt 400 grams of candle gel over low heat and add blue dye. If desired, this is also the time to add a fragrance.

Pour the melted gel into the glass to reach 1.5 cm. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

Pour in the rest of the melted gel and let it cool. Then, trim the excess from the wick.

8. How to make a beeswax candle?

Making beeswax candles couldn't be easier. All you'll need is beeswax, wicks, glass jars and a water bath or old cauldron.

Start by preparing your jars, and place the wicks in them. Then gently melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Pour the wax into the jars, hold the wicks tightly in the center with chopsticks, and let cool.

9. How to make a candle without wax?

Did you know that you can make candles without wax, but with edible fat? You can even make candles from fat and add color and a pleasant scent. Here's how to make a homemade, wax-free candle:

What you'll need for this wax-free candle:

Glass jar

Edible grease


Essential oil of your choice

1 wick

Start by melting the edible grease in the microwave, then the pastels. Combine the two and add the essential oil. Place the wick in the center of the jar, and gently pour in the grease mixture.

Let it cool a little, then place the candle in the freezer for 30 minutes. Cut the wick at the right height, and voilà! You have a wax-free candle. You can even reuse used cooking oil to make your candle!

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