Beth Parker is a freelance writer who's crazy about crafts. She spends most of her free time making jewelry and candles.
Although most people are intrigued by the art of candle making, many of them shy away from taking up this art simply because they are under the misconception that it is messy and time-consuming. However, this is not always the case. There are several different techniques that are used to make candles, and some can be amazingly easy to do if you have the right materials and tools.
3 Simple Ways to Make Candles
- Melted Wax
How to Make Candles With Beeswax
One of the simplest techniques is making tapered, rolled-beeswax candles. All you need for this is:
- a sheet of beeswax
- a wick
- a hair dryer
All these supplies are easily available at any arts and crafts supply store.
Step 1: Cut the Sheet
Decide how tall you want the pillar candle to be and cut the sheet of beeswax so that it is as wide as the desired height of candle.
Step 2: Lay the Wick
Lay the wick along one side of the candle, ensuring that there is sufficient wick sticking out through both ends of the candle.
Step 3: Warm the Wax
Warm the beeswax by blowing warm air from a hair dryer over the sheet. This makes the beeswax more pliable and easy to work with. Set the dryer on low so that the wax does not melt.
Step 4: Roll the Wax Around the Wick
Before it cools and gets stiff again, roll the beeswax around the wick and seal the end. The wax will firm up when it cools, and the candle will retain its shape.
How to Make Candles With Melted Wax
Using melted wax can be a bit messier than using beeswax sheets, but it isn’t difficult. Here's what you'll need:
- blocks of wax that you can melt down
- a pot that will be used for this purpose only
- empty juice or milk cartons to create pillar or block-shaped candles (or you can purchase readymade molds if you are looking to create specific shapes or tapers)
Step 1: Set the Wick
Prepare your containers by setting the wick in first. It should be attached to the bottom of the container so that it does not move. Tie the top of the wick around a pencil or stick that is long enough to sit across the top of the container or mold.
Step 2: Pour in the Wax
After you melt the wax in a double boiler over medium heat, you can simply pour the wax into the container or mold. Make sure that the wick is straight and taut.
Step 3: Tear Away the Container
Allow the wax to cool and tear the container away. Trim your wick to a fourth of an inch long at the top, and your candle is done!
How to Make Hand-Dipped Candles
To make hand-dipped candles, you need:
- a wick about 2 1/2 to 3 times the desired length of the finished candles
- a pot of melted wax (this can be paraffin wax, soy wax, or any other wax that is used for making candles)
Step 1: Attach the Wick to a Stick
Attach the wick to a stick or dowel so that both ends dangle from the stick a few inches away from each other. This way, the two candles won't touch while they are wet.
Step 2: Dip the Ends of the Wick Into the Wax
Dip the two dangling wicks into the pot of melted wax, then let the wax cool. You will have a thin layer of wax on each wick.
Step 3: Repeat to Add Layers
Repeat this process until the candles reach the desired size. Each time you dip them they will gain another thin layer of wax.
Step 4: Use Different Colors (Optional)
If you want to get fancy with your dipped candles, you can use different colors of wax so that there are three or four different layers of color inside the candle. These layered, dipped candles can be hand-carved to show the inside layers, as shown in the picture. This is something you can try once you get good at making the candles. It takes a lot of practice!
Pramod Tharindu on February 27, 2020:
Please I need an advice ....
After cooling my scented candles appeared white spots on candle surface..What is the reason for that?
Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on January 26, 2020:
I enjoyed your article. I have never made even one candle. I was just beginning to start trying when my psycho stalking freaks escalated again. So, hopefully I will be able to have my life back and try to make a candle someday.
Candle Expert on January 11, 2011:
Hey thanks for the great hub, I'm a candle making fan and I found you hub very interesting.