Candle Making Ideas

Check Out These Creatively Awesome DIY Candle Making Ideas

Ever thought of making candles on your own? Read on for a few ideas...
HobbyZeal Staff
Last Updated: Aug 9, 2018
Hearts With Burning Candles
The basic instructions are the same for all kinds of candles, be it the regular or the decorative ones. The difference remains in the ingredients and the designs.
Container Candles
Candle set
Required Supplies:
Container wax, attractive glass container (or a seashell), glue, cotton wick (preferably pre-tabbed wick), fragrant oil and coloring dye (optional).
Steps:
  • Use a double boiler to liquefy the container wax at about 175 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add fragrant oil and coloring dye in the melting wax, and stir well.
  • In the meantime, add a drop of hot glue at the end of the wick, and attach it to the center of the glass container.
  • Take the other end of the wick and tie it on a pencil to keep it straight.
  • Then, heat the container by placing it in the oven at about 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pour the melted wax gently from the side of the container, until you fill it up to the desired height.
  • Leave the candle for cooling, which may take about 5 - 6 hours.
  • Cut the excess wick off and enjoy your container candles.
Gel Candles
Three gel candle in a marine style
Required Supplies:
Gel, deep coloring dye, zinc wick, glue, fragrant oils, embeds (optional), stainless steel pot and candle container (champagne glass).
Steps:
  • Take the container and attach the zinc wick at the bottom by using a small amount of warm glue.
  • Pull the wick up and roll it on a stick or a pencil to keep it straight.
  • Make smaller pieces of the gel and melt them in a stainless steel container over a medium flame (about 200 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • After the gel liquefies, add coloring dye to it in small amounts, until you get the desired color.
  • For using embeds, light color gel is preferable to make them more noticeable.
  • The next step is to add fragrance; you can use ½ teaspoon per glass of melted gel.
  • Preheat the oven and warm the candle container to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • For using embeds, dip them in hot gel first and arrange along the sides of the champagne glass.
  • Pour the gel in the container while it is still hot, so as to minimize bubble formation.
  • Allow the gel to cool down and trim the excess wick.
  • Light these unique gel candles and have fun.
Scented Candle
Cinnamon Scented Candle
Required Supplies:
Candle wax (paraffin wax), candle molding container (preferably pillar molds), coloring dye, candle scent (either liquid or solid), wick, wax thermometer and stainless steel pot.
Steps:
  • Gather the required supplies based on whether you are making richly scented candles or scented soy candles.
  • Heat the candle wax in the stainless steel pot over a medium flame (about 200 degrees Fahrenheit), until it melts completely.
  • Lay the wick in the center of the mold as per the instructions.
  • In order to keep the wick straight, you can roll the other end of it on a long stick and place it on top of the container.
  • Add candle color to the melted wax and stir the mixture for spreading the dye evenly.
  • Then add specific amounts of the perfume or the candle scent in the mixture.
  • After the candle mixture is blended well, gently pour it into the candle mold.
  • Allow the wax to cool down and harden. Remove the scented candle from the mold and put it on display.
Pumpkin Orange Candle
You can use dried petals and herbs as an ingredient or use them as decoration on the side of the candle by using adhesive glue. Do not forget to use essential oils of your preferred choice to fill the room with a sweet scent.