How To Make Candles At Home


Candles can be found in most homes across the U.S. Whether you’re wanting to make your place smell good or you’re preparing for a natural disaster, candles are a smart thing to own. Ranging in price, it can be costly to buy multiples. When you could make candles yourself for cheaper, why pay the high cost at a store? They’re also fun to make! Here is a step by step guide on how to make your very own candles.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wax that has been cut or shaved into chunks or shavings
  • Makeshift Double boiler (you can use one large/medium pot AND one small heat-resistant container that can fit inside)
  • Protected surface or area you can get wax on without issues
  • Candy or Candle Thermometer (may use meat thermometer, but it will be hard to remove)
  • Scent (e.g. essential oils)
  • Oil based dye
  • 100% Cotton wick (with wick tab)
  • Container and/or Mold
  • Scissors
  • Pencil/Pen


Step 1. Fill medium/large pot halfway with water and boil over high heat.

Step 2. Place wax shavings/chunks in smaller heat resistant container and place inside larger pot.

Step 3. Place thermometer in wax and watch the temperature. The ending temperature will vary depending on the type of wax used. Paraffin: 122 – 140 degrees; Soy: 170 – 180 degrees; Beeswax 145 degrees; Old candles – 185 degrees.

Step 4. Once wax has melted to recommended temperature, add scent. Stir Well.

Step 5.  Add drops of dye until you reach your anticipated color. Stir Well.

Step 6. Tie wick string around the center of a pen/pencil. Place pen/pencil across the top of mold/container. The wick should be in the middle and the wick tab will rest on the bottom.

Step 7. Pour your colored, scented, and melted wax in container/mold.

Step 8. Allow wax to cool. Time will depend on type of wax used: Paraffin- 24 hours; Soy- 5 hours; Beeswax- 6+ hours; Old candles- 2 hours.

Step 9. Remove wax from mold and cut wick down to ¼ inch.

Step 10. Light candle and enjoy!


You can even make your own unique molds! Raw Material Suppliers has the supplies you need to create your very own designs. Visit to find out more information about us and our products. Order your mold supplies today and get started on your homemade candles.


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