How to Make a Candle

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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!

You Will Need Craft Essentials
How to Make

Container Candles

  1. Weigh out the wax for your container. You will need as much in grams as your container fits in ml, eg 400g for a 400ml container.
  2. Start melting your wax in either a bain marie, wax kettle or a specialised wax melting pot.
  3. Prepare your container. You will need to use a wick with a sustainer, and use a small amount of double sided tape or other adhesive to stick the bottom of the sustainer to the bottom of the inside of the container.
  4. Trim down your wick to size.
  5. Use a lollipop stick to hold your wick in place across the top of the container.
  6. Now weigh your dye if you want to add colour to your candles. You will need approximately 1g of dye per 500g of wax.
  7. When the wax is all melted and has reached 140 degrees fahrenheit, measure out the wax needed for your mould using a ladle and a measuring jug. Stir in your dye.
  8. If you want to add a scent, stir in your fragrance at this point. You will need between 5-8ml of fragrance per 100 grams of wax.
  9. Pour the wax into your mould. Leave to set for about 4 hours.

Moulded Candles

  1. Weigh out the wax for your container. You will need as much in grams as your container fits in ml, eg 400g for a 400ml container.
  2. Start melting your wax in either a bain marie, wax kettle or a specialised wax melting pot.
  3. Prepare the wick. Thread a lenth of wick through the hole in the bottom of the mould. Use a wick pin, pencil or pen to secure the wick in place and rest the pin across the top of the mould.
  4. Pull the other end of the wick taut at the bottom of the mould. Secure in place with mould sealer. Trim off the excess wick.
  5. Now weigh your dye if you want to add colour to your candles. You will need approximately 1g of dye per 500g of wax.
  6. When the wax is all melted and has reached 140 degrees fahrenheit, measure out the wax needed for your mould using a ladle and a measuring jug. Stir in your dye.
  7. If you want to add a scent, stir in your fragrance at this point. You will need between 5-8ml of fragrance per 100 grams of wax.
  8. Pour the wax into your mould. Leave to set for about 4 hours.
  9. Once set, remove the mould sealant, trim the wick and slide your candle out of the mould.

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