Have you always wanted to give candle-making a try, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are five beginner-friendly tips for making candles.

Who else here loves a good candle? Because I sure do! Aside from being pretty and relaxing, the art of candle-making can be a fun and sustainable DIY project.

Sure, you can buy candles from a store. And there certainly are a ton of beautiful candles out there. 

But making them at home is far more environmentally conscious and it also adds a special touch – knowing every time you light one that you made it yourself.

If you decide to give it a try, the following tips will help you understand a few of the important details you’ll need to consider when making candles at home.

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Choosing Wax

Wax is an essential element of a candle, which is why you should find the right one for your needs. Waxes are available in different types, including paraffin wax and beeswax. 

However, environmentally friendly options, such as soy wax, are the best as they are less likely to scorch and typically last longer. Of course, the type of wax you decide to use depends on your budget and its availability.

These seashell candles were made using melted wax from inexpensive tealights. (Image Credit: Francine’s Place Blog)


Choosing a Container

If you don’t have a candle-making kit, you’ll need to find a container to pour your melted hot wax into. Ensure that the container can withstand heat. 

This is where you can get creative. Make something truly unique by repurposing something for your project, like making a candle using a wine bottle

The ever-trustworthy mason jar is an excellent container for beginner DIY candles. (Image Credit: Our Oily House)

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Choosing a Scent

Different scents have varying effects on our mood. So choose a scent that makes you feel good! Essential oils are one very popular method of scenting DIY candles.

Lavender, jasmine and chamomile essential oils have a calming effect, while peppermint, sweet orange and rosemary can make you feel uplifted. (My personal favourite essential oil is tea tree!)

Aside from using essential oils to add scent to your candles, you can also add fresh herbs. Just be extra careful when burning! (Image Credit: Garden Therapy)

Choosing Wick Height

Getting the wick size right is vital. If it’s too long, it will make the flame too large, while a short one will not burn your wax correctly. 

The wick size also depends on your candle container’s size and the type of wax you use, so keep these things in mind.

You may need to experiment with wick height before settling on the perfect size. (Image Credit: Pinterest)

Keeping It Simple

While it might be tempting to try replicating one of the many gorgeous DIY candles out there, it’s probably best to keep them as simple as possible when you’re first starting out. 

Once you improve your DIY candle making skills, you can experiment with different wax colours, different wick types – and beyond.

This ombre DIY candle is for the more advanced maker. But don’t be discouraged – you’ll get there eventually! (Image Credit: Pinterest)

DIY candle making is a great hobby for creative people looking for sustainable, handmade decor. Your options are almost endless, so get crafty, be safe and have fun!



Posted on January 27, 2022

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