How To Make Your Own Candles

If you’ve purchased a Yankee Candle lately, the sticker price likely made you cringe. While great smelling, modern container candles can cost upwards of $30 in some cases. The good news is that you can make your own container candles (even great smelling ones!) for far less cash than the brand name stuff costs. Here’s how to do it.


To get started in making your own candles, you’ll need some supplies.

  • Wax (you can go with paraffin, soy or beeswax)
  • Wicks (for container candles, go with large wicks)
  • Oils (for fragrance)
  • Double boiler (mason jars make great containers for DIY candles)

Prep your area.

It’s no surprise that making candles is messy. Make sure you lay out some old newspaper to protect your work area.

Melt wax.

You’ll need to use a double boiler to melt the wax. To do it, you’ll put water in the first pan and wax in your second container. Stir with a spatula as it melts, which will usually take about 15 minutes. Use a thermometer to keep the temperature around 160 degrees.

Add the wick to the container.

To secure the wick inside your container, dip the metal tab in a bit of melted wax in your double boiler. Then, quickly stick the metal tab to the bottom of your mason jar and when the wax cools your wick will be stuck in place.

Add oils.

If you’re adding fragrance oils to your candle, now’s the time to add them to your melted wax. Your wax will likely have come with instructions for adding oils (usually it’s ounces per pound of wax). Add your oil and stir for about 30 seconds.

Let the wax cool slightly and pour into your container.

Let the wax cool for a couple of minutes (temperature should be around 130 degrees). Now pour the wax into your container. Make an effort to keep your wick centered in the container. To do this, secure it to a pencil and balance the pencil across the center of the jar. After your wax sets, you may have a depression in the middle. Simply add a bit more wax to fill it in. Finally, trim the wick off so that it’s only about ¼” long.