Making Your Own Candles: Tips for Beginners

I do not claim to be a highly skilled candle maker, I am still relatively new to making candles and as such, still in the learning process. However, I wanted to share a few basic tips that I wish I had known before I started making my own candles.

Tip #1: Start with a soy wax kit that at least includes the wax chips and prepared wicks. You can absolutely get a full kit that includes wax, wicks, dye, scents, etc., but you’re looking at about a $40.00 minimum investment for a kit that comes with everything. For the super-basic wax & wick kit, you’d be looking at spending about $10.00 to $20.00, depending on where you purchase your kit.

Tip #2: Jar/container candles are the easiest way to begin, especially if you’re a bit of a perfectionist. You pour them, and DONE. Molded candles are great, but they involve a fair amount of extra effort to make them look nice. As you can see from the featured image, the glass votive candle looks much nicer than the square molded candles. 

Tip #3: If you want to add dried botanicals, resins, crystals, etc., be sure to wait until the candles are almost completely hardened (but still a little soft) before you sprinkle them on top. If you add these items too soon, they will sink to the bottom.

Tip #4: Do not add too many dried botanicals or resins, as this can be a fire hazard. Your candles will burn too fast, create too much smoke, and the heat may cause your container/candleholder to get too hot and/or break.

Last, but certainly not least, do not worry about your first attempts not looking like the pretty, perfect candles you buy ready-made! As with just about everything, there is a learning curve. Please do not get discouraged if you are not 100% thrilled with your first candles, it takes time and practice. 

Happy candle making!

~ Pamela Mounce