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The Easiest Candle Making Tutorial Ever!

Besides cushions, the other things I’m totally consumed by are candles – of any sort, really. It was only fitting, then, that I hunted down my own supplies so I could make my own collection of scented delights at home. If you read on, you’ll see how easy it is to make candles yourself (and where to get the kit from).

Candle Making

I’m going to give you a quick and easy candle making how-to in this post. I got my candle making kit from Aussie Candle Supplies – and I must advise that you follow all the care instructions that come with it. Now that the serious part is outta the way – on with the fun!

Candle Making Empty Pot

1. Choose a candle holder – anything that will be able to take the heat of hot wax. Glass holders are great but a pot like this one is effective too (the starter pack comes with glass holders).

Candle Making Pot

2. Tape down the wicks to the base of your holder using the tape dots supplied. The bigger the holder, the more wicks you might want to use.

Candle Making Frangrances

3. Choose which scent you’d like to use. I’m mixing two scents together. It’s all about experimentation and figuring out what combinations you like (fun!).

Candle Making Wax

4. Grab your wax. One cup of wax flakes will make about half a cup of liquid wax, so measure out accordingly and tip the flakes into a saucepan.

Candle Making - Melting Wax

5. Melt the wax flakes down slowly in a saucepan on the stove on a low heat. It will only take a matter of minutes to melt down completely.

Candle Making - Stir Wax

6. Stir the lumps out toward the end and add drops of your chosen scent to the wax and stir. If the liquid wax doesn’t look like it will be enough for your candle holder, you can always add more wax flakes.

Candle Making - Let Wax Dry

7. Once fully melted, pour it straight into your candle holder. I hold the wicks in place with chopsticks so they don’t bend too much. I recommend putting newspaper down for this part as it can get messy. Spillages are likely to occur.

Candle Making - Finished Scented Candle

8. Let the candle dry for three hours or so and you’re good to go!

This is how I make my candles and I must admit that it’s all a little ad-hoc. I’ve been candle making for over a year now so the process might not be as official as most instructions will demonstrate. What I can say, though, is that it’s a highly addictive pastime and it’s great when occasions roll around; you can make a friend a homemade candle – how cute! So go on, jump onto the Aussie Candle Supplies website and give candle making a go!

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Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (14)

  • So clever! I am obsessed with candles and this looks like a much more cost-effective way of feeding my obsession than my current ‘buy every candle I see’ strategy.

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    • it really is! I will run a master class for you in person some time lol

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  • Seriously – I am LOVING this as I have been busting to make my own candles for ages. off to order supplies now. Thanks 🙂 x

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  • Thanks so much for sharing~ been thinking of making my own for ages but this is the best easy step-by-step guide to entice me to go forward 😉

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    • oh thanks Marianne – I am glad you liked the post. They really are so simple to make. I hope you do give it a go. Send me a picture or post on the FB page perhaps 🙂

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  • just found your blog via Sonias I love how her candles turned out so now after reading you I too am off to order supplies.many thanks-love dee

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    • Dee I am so happy for you. It really is so easy and I bet you’ll have a ball making them. Let me know how they go!

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  • Wow, one of the best tutorial, I have ever seen online for making Scented Candle.Thanks for sharing such a wonderful information. Keep doing it. Love to share this article over my fb page.

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  • Natasha Andrews

    Wow – this is amazing, thanks for showing how simple it can be.

    I have boxes of bottles that could be re-purposed – I need to do this ASAP.

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  • Alex

    How did these two scents smell together? interesting mix! Alex

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  • Stefan

    Hi Chris,

    this was really an “easy” tutorial and it helped me. I recently started a blog too about candle making and I have an article about how to make soy candle. If you would like, you can check and tell me what you think. In the beginning, we had problems to place wick, but I will try your “hack” for that.

    https://mycandleplanet.com/learn-how-to-make-soy-candle-easily/

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