I’ve always wanted to try making a candle, but kept postponing because I thought it would be too…complicated? Messy? Expensive? Once Christmas last year started creeping up & knowing I wanted to do a DIY Christmas, I figured what better time than the present to try this whole candle-making process. Turns out – it’s super simple & highly inexpensive!
Let me show you how I made TEN candles for less than $1 in about an hour.
Let’s get started!
First, you will need:
- Candle Wax:
- You can either purchase candle wax flakes (Hobby Lobby for $9.99) or an old candle.
- I happened to find a huge box of old small candles from a garage sale, as well as a gallon bag worth of small candles from Goodwill for .50 cents.
- NOTE: You will need enough flakes to fill up your candle holder TWICE.
- Candle Wicks:
- I pulled out the wicks from the small candles and reused them, but depending on the candle container that you’re going to pour the wax in, you may need a longer wick – aka will need to buy some.
- Candle Wicks from Amazon – (100) 6″ for $6.95 = .07 Cents each!
- Candle Holder:
- I purchased a variety of containers from Goodwill including: a creamer holder, tea cup, and small coffee cups. Make sure that your container isn’t too narrow in width, or else the pressure from the heat may shatter the container.
- Be sure to check out Goodwill, garage sales, Dollar Tree/General, clearance sections – you will be able to find a steal of a deal if you keep your eyes open!
- Microwave-safe Container:
- Keep in mind, unless you put a liner in this container, you WILL have wax residue leftover in the container. Also, it will be especially HOTT, so you may prefer a container with a handle and an easy way to pour it into your container.
- I personally used a large glass measuring cup that had a handle, as it made it easy to hold with a oven mitt and easy to pour.
- Oven Mitt:
- You need something to protect your hands from your microwave-safe container.
- If your wick is long enough, you can use a pencil/stick/something straight to place over the candle holder to wrap the wick around to keep it upright and centered.
- Essential Oil: Optional
- Although I did not choose to use an essential oil for fragrance, you certainly may! You can purchase them on Amazon for easy shopping.
Now, let’s make the candle:
- Prep your candles
- Take off any stickers/wicks/metal pieces. You just want the candles by themselves
- Microwave your candles until melted
- Fill the measuring cup/microwave safe container with plain candles/wax flakes
- Microwave on high for about 10 minutes or until all of the wax has completely melted.
- Prep your candle holder with a wick
- While it’s melting, remove any stickers/residue from the holder.
- Put the wick at the center of your candle holder and either wrap it around the pencil/stick, or if it’s too short you will have to hold it while pouring.
- Pour wax into candle holder
- Once the wax is fully melted, let it cool for just a few seconds.
- Then, pour into the candle holder. Your wick will become very limp, so if holding, it should only take about a minute for the wax to solidify enough to hold the wick in place.
- If you chose to use an essential oil, this is when you will put in a few drops into the melted wax, stir, and pour.
- TIP: Save some of your wax to re-heat, because once the wax has fully dried in your candle holder you will notice that it creates what looks like a sinkhole. This is perfectly normal! Just wait for it to be 100% dry and then pour more wax on top to create the flat look like you desire.
- Mission Complete!
- After you’ve filled in the sinkhole, let fully dry, & trimmed your wick to about a 1/2″ in length – You’re done!
- NOTE: If using candle wax flakes, let sit for 24 hours before use.
Not too bad right?
Cost of Making My Candles:
- Candles from Goodwill/Garage Sale – $1
- (10) Candle Holders from Goodwill – $4.50
- Cost Per Candle: $5.50/10 = .55 Cents per Candle!
Have questions or suggestions? Feel free to share below!