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How to Make Candles at Home

August 22, 2022

Who doesn’t love candles? These candle recipes will show you how to make candles at home using all-natural ingredients. Scented candles with essential oils make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils.

a tutorial for how to make candles at home with a homemade candle in a mason jar

I’m a sucker for a homemade gift. Homemade bath salts, salt scrubs or even these candles with essential oils are my go-to! I love receiving homemade gifts so I try to make a point of making them for other people.

I especially love a gift that can be easily made in big batches and in advance in case you have a last minute event or get-together that requires a gift.

In this tutorial I’m teaching you how to make candles at home using essential oils. These are easily customizable (I.e. you can substitute different essential oils based on your favorite scented candles) and really candle making is pretty basic.

What You Need to Make Candles at Home

In order to make scented candles you need just a few simple ingredients and some supplies you probably already have in your house.

  • Soy wax flakes – Candle wax made from soy burn cleaner with little soot released as the candle burns. They’re also non-toxic so they won’t release toxins as they burn.
  • Natural wicks – Traditional candle wicks release butane gas as they burn. That’s why I opt for a natural hemp-based wick instead.
  • Essential oils – to scent your candles you can use essential oils (I like lavender, grapefruit and eucalyptus). You’ll need close to 100 drops which seems like a lot but is important for giving your homemade candles a strong scent.

You’ll also need:

  • Mason jars -or some other container or glass jars
  • A disposable stirring device – Candle wax sticks to everything so you’ll want to use something disposable.
  • Chopstick or pencil – for anchoring wick in place. This is the perfect use for all those disposable chopsticks you have laying around.
Who doesn't love candles? These Homemade Aromatherapy Candles make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils.

How to Make Candles at Home

Today I’m sharing my best tips for making scented candles (or essential oil candles because that’s pretty much what they are!).

STEP 1: MELT WAX

Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat. The soy wax flakes should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick). I don’t use a thermometer for this – just pay attention so it doesn’t burn.

Note: You may want to use a double boiler if you’re concerned about your pot as sometimes the wax will stick to your pot.

STEP 2: ADD YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS

Once melted, add 80-102 drops of your favorite essential oils directly into pot. Amount depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are. To learn more about essential oils check out this post.

STEP 3: ANCHOR WICKS + POUR WAX

Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax (or purchased anchors). Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen/pencil (see picture above). Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until all jars are full. Depending on size of mason jars you may have some wax leftover. Let stand until solid (about 1 hour). Cut wick to desired length.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Candle Making

This is where mistakes happen so pay attention to these final steps in making your aromatherapy candles:

-Cut your wicks so they are longer in length than the vertical height of your jar. You can cut them down after they have set.

-Secure your wicks with “anchors” by placing a bit of wax at the bottom of your empty jar and then pressing it into place using a chopstick.

-Use a chopstick (a pen or pencil works too) and place it horizontally along the top of the jar. Tape your wick to it so that it’s upright, ensuring that it’s completely straight. If it’s not straight it will burn all funky.

-Pour your wax directly into the jar so that it fills to just below the lip and surrounds the wick. ALWAYS pour your candles into your jars over newspaper. Otherwise you will get wax everywhere. And cleaning wax off your stove top is not fun at all (trust me!)

-Very important: DO NOT pour leftover wax down your drain <– this was not a fun lesson to learn

-You can leave your candles to set in a cool location and it will take about an hour. Cut the wicks down before burning.

Prefer Store-bought Candles? Here are my favorite Non Toxic Candle Brands!

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How to Make Candles at Home

Who doesn’t love candles? These candle recipes will show you how to make candles at home using all-natural ingredients. Scented candles with essential oils make the ultimate relaxation gift and the perfect use for all of those old mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 4 small candles 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Other supplies:

  • 8 ounce mason jars (or jars of choice)
  • wood stirring device
  • pens or chopsticks for securing wicks.

Instructions

  1. Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat. They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)
  2. Once melted, add 80-102 drops of your favorite essential oils. Amount depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.
  3. Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
  4. Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
  5. Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until all jars are full. Depending on size of mason jars you may have some wax leftover.
  6. Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
  7. Cut wick to desired length.

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  • Reply
    Matt
    April 5, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Very nice gift idea.
    I’m gonna get them for my GF!!!

  • Reply
    andrea
    February 3, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    how well did these burn? what about the scent? was it long lasting? i always read its a bad idea to use aromatherapy essential oils for candle making. were your oils specifically for candle making? or just regular essential oils. if so where did you purchase them from!! thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Jennifer Duke
      April 12, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      I have always bought my essential oils from https://www.bulkapothecary.com and I’ve never noticed a difference between the different oils in my quality. They also have good prices and high quality results.

  • Reply
    Candle Junkies
    March 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Great tutorial and lovely pictures Davida! I’m gonna pin this one to our Pinterest board =)

  • Reply
    Lauren M.
    December 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I have had really bad luck with scent throw from homemade soy wax candles and I see there is no temperature levels in your recipe. Does the temp not matter? And how is the scent throw using this recipie? Thanks so much!!!

  • Reply
    sue
    October 12, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I reuse old glass candle containers, and the glass jars that my pasta sauce comes in,saved for new candles. then just melt wax,add EO,wick. done

  • Reply
    Molly Whitman
    May 14, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Just curious if you feel the oils lose their benefits when warmed up. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Alison
    December 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Love this! Where did you get those mason jars? I’m trying to find something similar but am struggling! Thanks!

    • Reply
      The Healthy Maven
      December 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

      I got them at a craft store but you can also order them online 🙂

    • Reply
      Heather
      November 19, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Check thrift stores! People just give those things away.

    • Reply
      Luminous LOve
      September 20, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      Natural Grocers Or The Vitamin Cottage! 👼🌈✨💦🍍

  • Reply
    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy
    December 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    What a great idea!

  • Reply
    Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    December 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Love this!!! Bet your apt smells amazing. I always have a ton of candles going and fresh flowers – makes the whole apartment that much more homey.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Totally…and masks the smell of curry and fried onions that seem to take over our apartment on the daily haha

  • Reply
    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    November 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    This looks so easy! I love all your comments on how we can succeed 😉 I know those came from a place of frustration! Haha!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 1, 2015 at 6:59 am

      so much frustration…each time I make candles it gets easier but it’s definitely a learning curve!

  • Reply
    Brittany
    November 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Making my own candles has been on my crafty to-do list for years. This post make me want to run to the score for some wax! 🙂

  • Reply
    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    November 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Ugh I love candles. Every time I see a vanilla candle, I have to make the impossible decision of whether or not to buy it. I think I currently have 6 vanilla candles in my little box of an apartment.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

      I go weak at the knees for vanilla candles too…they get me everytime!

    • Reply
      suse
      May 25, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      somebody can help me , what is the best temperature to mix my fragrance oils in soy wax for a good aroma ?

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