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Candle Making

Personalise scents, colours and styles to create unique candles, tailor-made for yourself or a friend! Craft your customised candle design, light your wick and enjoy the lovely fragrance and soft glow of your creation! Handmade candles will also make the perfect gift, ideal for adding to hampers.

Candle Making Tools

Discover everything you need to start making your candles with our range of tools and materials.

How to Make a Soya Wax Candle

1. Create the candle wick by threading the waxed thread through the candle wick base, and secure to bottom of glass candle votive using a glue dot. Wrap the end of the waxed thread around a craft stick until the waxed thread stands upright within the glass candle votive.
2. Melt the soya wax pellets using a double boiler until the melted wax reaches a temperature of 80°C.
3. Add in a small amount of candle dye – ¼ tsp to ½ tsp, depending on desired vibrancy of colour. Mix thoroughly.
4. Add in a small amount of candle fragrance – ½ tsp to 1 tsp, depending on desired strength. Mix thoroughly.
5. Pour the mixture into the candle votive once the wax has cooled to between 50-60°C, ensuring that the craft stick returns to the centre of the votive so that the wick remains straight once the candle sets.
6. Leave the candle on a cooling rack to cool for 24 hours. Then cut the excess wick, leaving roughly 1cm of wick above the top of the candle.

How to Make a Marbled Candle

Craft expert Hannah Read-Baldrey shows you how to create an on-trend marbling effect.

Explore Votives and Moulds

From tea lights that create a twinkling ambience to dramatic pillar candles, discover a range of votives and moulds to make the perfect design for you.

Explore the blog for more candle making ideas

Discover more candle making tips, tricks and ideas on our blog!

Frequently Asked Questions

Soy wax is a great candle base to use. It gives off less soot than paraffin wax and is 100% natural, and therefore biodegradable. However, when creating candles without containers, such as pillar candles, it is best to use paraffin wax as it has more integrity to stand on its own. The scent-throw of paraffin-based candles is also greater than soy due to the molecular structure of the wax.

It is preferential to melt each wax using a double boiler. When this is not possible, you can pop the wax in a microwavable jug and melt on high, mixing regularly to ensure an even melt.

The best pouring temperature for soy wax is between 50-60°C. Pillar candles using paraffin wax are best poured at temperatures exceeding 80°C. You can measure the temperature of the wax using a thermometer.

Warming a glass candle votive before pouring the melted wax can help to prevent the occurrence of wax ‘frost’ or ‘wet spots’. However, these are simply aesthetic issues and do not affect the functionality of the candle.

It is important for the first burn of any candle to create a complete ‘wet pool’ of melted wax across the entire top portion of the candle – approximately ½ inch in depth. This should usually take two to three hours and usually prevents future tunnelling of the candle. If the ‘wet pool’ does not reach the edges or is extinguishing the flame and the candle begins to tunnel, then the wick thickness is too small for the candle.

It is important to display safety information with a candle – even if you are giving the candle to a friend. Here is a list of safety information that it may be relevant to include:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended or within reach of children and pets
  • Keep burning flame away from any flammable objects
  • Trim the wick to ¼” before burning
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room
  • Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly or the flame becomes too high
  • Discontinue burning a candle once only 2” of wax remains