How to Make Homemade Candles

It is amazing how quickly we burn through candles at my house!  I LOVE them. I really don’t think there is anything like lighting some candles to soothe the soul, relax the room, and give the atmosphere a lovely scent.

I learned how to make homemade candles when I was seven.  Yep!  My teacher had two desks about 15 feet apart, each with an electric frying pan holding a can full of candle wax.

We had wicks hanging from pencils, and we would dip at one end, walk around the room to the other desk, giving the wax time to dry, then dip again. 

I remember the long line of kids robotically walking to make their own gifts for their parents at the holidays.

It was a neat idea, but being a teacher, I would never do it!  Even as a kid, I remember the mess of candle wax dripping on the barely covered floor.

Candles can be made at home without the mess of classroom candle-making and are fun, easy, and inexpensive!

On this page, we have all of the information needed to learn how to make homemade candles.  There are links to learn how to make soy candles and even the new fad of spiral candles.  

If your interest is in making beeswax candles, we have lots of information on that too!

Making Beeswax Candles

If you are lucky enough to have bee hives, like Chris and her family, you have the perfect medium for making homemade candles that are natural and non-toxic!  

Beeswax can be purchased at craft stores, or if you know a beekeeper, they might send some your way!

There are many ideas on our gardening and foraging page where you can learn more about beekeeping.  You just might like to start your own hives!

One advantage of beeswax is that it will not go rancid like soy wax or palm wax used for candles.  The beeswax also burns longer than other waxes, pulls toxins from the air and is soot free. 

Like other waxes, they can be scented. One thing to remember about scenting beeswax: if you use essential oils to scent the candles, the oils don’t work well with high temperatures. 

Some folks don’t scent the beeswax candles and burn them strictly because of the pretty way they flicker as well as the fact that they are natural.  For scents, these folks often use essential oil diffusers instead.

How do you make a strong smelling scented candle?

“Scent throw” is the term used to describe how strong the fragrance is for a candle.  The throw for a solid candle is called “cold throw”, and the strength of the scent of a burning candle is called the “hot throw”.

It is important to know that there is an optimal temperature of 185 degrees Fahrenheit in order for the wax and fragrance to bind.  This gives the best scent throw.

Once the candles are burning, a low hot throw could be caused by the temperature being too high when the fragrance was mixed. Lower the temperature of the wax before adding the scent next time.

It may also be necessary to add more fragrance when making the candles.  The wick too, has a direct effect on the hot throw of a candle.

Making Soy Candles

Making candles with soy is easy and inexpensive.  These candles make great gifts. They have a nice cold throw, but their hot throw is low. Like beeswax, soy wax is natural and burns nicely, but the scent is not strong when burning.

To make the soy candles have a stronger scent, consider mixing the soy with paraffin wax.  Paraffin is also inexpensive and has a nice strong hot throw. 

Spiral Candles

In 2015, Aaron and Sara McWilliam patented the spiral candle, which is a candle that has a wick that burns in a circle for the first three hours. This fills the hollow core.

When the center is filled, and the spiral portion has burnt out, the remaining candle is one that will burn over 40 hours.  The McWilliams candle center has a wood wick, which makes a beautiful light when burning.

Their candle is especially clean burning with a 100% cotton wick which is sized to match the wax candle.  The scents are strong and the candles are in high demand, but can also be somewhat expensive.

This site has links to learn how to make a spiral candle at home at a fraction of the cost!!

Twisted Candles

Using a store-bought taper candle and warm water, the taper candles can be twisted into swirls or other unique shapes.  Scroll down for more information on this simple technique of forming interesting DIY candles!

Candle making is lots of fun, and the finished candles make great gifts for the holidays.  Scroll down for more candle making ideas!

How to Make Homemade Candles

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Bayberry Candles

Bayberry Candles

The legend of the bayberry candles and history. Confessions of an Over Worked Mom

Beeswax Candle Recipe

Learn how to make the easiest DIY beeswax candles with this video tutorial, as well as simple written instructions. Our Oily House

Beeswax Candle Tutorial

How to make candles with beeswax. The Prairie Homestead

Beeswax Candles

Learn how to make beeswax candles by watching this video and for more detailed instructions read the blog post. Mommy Potamus

Calculate Wax Weight for a Container Candle

Figure out how much wax you need for containers. Peak Candle Supplies

Calculate Wax Weight for a Round Mold

Use this calculator to figure out how much wax to melt to make a round candle. Peak Candle Supplies

Candle Burn Time Calculator

Here is a calculator that will allow you to find a very close estimate of the total burn time of a candle. Peak Candle Supplies

Candle Made With Patchouli Essential Oil

Candle Made With Patchouli Essential Oil

This DIY candle tutorial is made using patchouli essential oil but can be made with whatever is your favorite essential oil scent. Learn how to make a scented candle. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Candle Making Basics

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Step-by-step color photographs and descriptive detail make this book indispensable for beginners looking to create beautiful and functional scented candles on their very first try, and for experienced crafters who want to sharpen their skills. by Various Contributor - Paperback - Published 2018 Affiliate Link to Amazon

Candle Making with All 7 Different Kinds of Wax

Candle Making with All 7 Different Kinds of Wax #ad

When you purchase this book, you will learn everything you need to know about candle making, including the types of wax, candle making equipment, and more. by Elizabeth Rothschild - Paperback - Published 2022 Affiliate Link to Amazon

Candle Wicks

In this tutorial, Sew Historically shows you how to make DIY candle wicks with cotton string! Sew Historically

Candle-Making Basics

Candle-Making Basics #ad

This book will give you incredible recipes and tips for making your own candles. by Reena Papandrea - Paperback - Published 2022 Affiliate Link to Amazon

Canning Jar Candles

Craft stunning candles from ordinary canning jars! Sponsored by RLROUSE Directory

Container Candles

How to make container candles. Candle Tech

Container Candles Tutorial

With this guide learn how to make container candles. Lone Star Candle Supply

Crayon Candles

Crayon Candles

Learn how simple it is to make crayon candles with this tutorial. Craft Bits

Dipped Beeswax Candle Tutorial

Learn how to make candles the old fashion way, by dipping. Learn how here. The Elliott Homestead

DIY Beeswax Candles

How to make beeswax candles with raw beeswax Chatfield Court

DIY Container Candles

Learn how to make paraffin container candles in this easy-to-follow video. Candle Science

DIY Soy Candle Tutorial

DIY Soy Candle Tutorial

How to make a soy candle with herbs. Confessions of an Over Worked Mom

DIY Spiral Candle

This is an easy, simple, quick and fun tutorial on making a spiral candle Instructables

DIY Votive Candle

How to make a votive candle. Bitter Creek Candle Supply

Floating Candles

How to make floating candles. Candle Science

Funky Twisted Candles

All you need to make funky twisted candles are taper candles, hot water and these step-by-step instructions. Pretty Life Girls

Gel Candles

How to make gel candles - 11 easy steps. Pioneer Thinking

Hand Dipped Tapers

Tapers are the oldest form of candles. Learn how to make them. Candle Tech

History - Candle Making History

A brief history of candle making. Candle Cauldron

Homemade Soy Candles

This free tutorial explains how to make homemade soy candles using a slow cooker. The Prairie Homestead

Molded Pillar Candles

Step-by-step instructions for making moded pillar candles. Peak Candle Supplies

Soy Candle making - How To & Don'ts

Soy Candle making - How To & Don'ts

This post will help you to understand the don'ts of soy candle making. Vikalpah

Soy Candle Tutorial

Soy Candle Tutorial

A DIY hand poured soy candle is so simple to make. Kimberly will explain how. Single Girls DIY

Soy Candles

How to make soy candles. Candle Science

Soy Candles vs. Beeswax Candles

Soy Candles vs. Beeswax Candles

The big three different kinds of candles are paraffin wax, soy wax, and beeswax candles. This post takes a look at soy candles vs. beeswax candles! Reuse Grow Enjoy

Soy Wax

Choosing a soy wax. Candle Science

Soy Wax?

What is soy wax? Candle Science

Spiral Candle Tutorial

This Spiral candle project is a 2 in 1 candle: when the top part of the shell has melted away, you're left with a container candle in the middle that you can continue burning. YouTube

Spiral Candle Video Tutorial

How to make a spiral candle. Design and Creativity at YouTube

Tallow Candles

People have been making candles for years with animal fat. Now you can too, by following the instructions in the blog post. The Prairie Homestead

Terms - Candle Making Terms

Terms and definitions of candle making. Candle Science

The Art of Candlemaking

Making your own candles is fun, and hand-crafted candles make great gifts! Learn how... Make-Stuff

Twisted Candle Tutorial

Learn how to make twisted candles with purchased candles with these instructions. Real Homes

Votive Candle Tutorial

How to make votive candles. Candle Tech

Votive Candles

How to make votive candles. Candle Science


Learn about the different types of wax used in candle making. Cambell-light

Wax Melting

Wax melting instructions. Candle Tech

Wax Preparation

This article from Long Star Candles Supplies guides you through the preparation of wax for pouring. Lone Star Candle Supply


Choosing the right wick size for your candle. Candle Science

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