How to Make a Candle
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How to Make a Candle

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

Ever wanted to have a go at making your own wax masterpieces? Perfect for personalisation, you can create candles to your exact preference including colour, shape and fragrance. Simply follow these easy instructions and get started on your first batch – they make great presents too!

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How to make

Try experimenting with different containers, buttons and teacups to match your home decor or wedding theme.

Step 1

Melt wax

Prepare your working area with newspaper to protect your work. Half fill the saucepan with water and heat – double-check that the heatproof bowl sits in the pan with the water coming up to just over halfway. Pop the wax in the bowl and dish out three teaspoons of stearic acid and stir with one of the wooden sticks. Keep an eye on the level of water in your saucepan.

Step 2

Prepare Wick

Whilst the wax is melting, you can prep your mould and wick. Cut a length of wick 2 cm longer than the height of your mould. Feed into a wick container and crimp shut with pliers. Dip the wick, including the wick holder, into molten wax and place to one side to dry. Seal the hole in the base at the candle.

Step 3

Fill Mould

Fill your mould to the top, leaving a little wax left to top up later. Leave until a fine skin has formed on the wax.

Step 4

Add the Wick

Pop in your wick, so that the wick container sits at the bottom in the centre. You can put the top of the wick through the hole in one of the wooden sticks to stop the wick moving whilst the wax sets. During ‘setting up’ (The term used for when the wax sets) a well will form around the wick.

Step 5


 When your candle has set a little, prick the surface near the wick with a cocktail stick and top-up with your leftover wax to level the hole.

Step 6

Turn out

Leave the candle for a day to thoroughly cool before turning the candle upside down and giving it a hard knock on a firm surface to turn out the candle. If your candle is a little reluctant to come free from the mould, it can be placed in the fridge for an hour to loosen it up.

Step 7


Decorate with ribbon and lace buttons and twine for the perfect finishing touch to your dining table.

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