How To Make Candles At Home: DIY Candle Making In 4 Steps

Date: 10-03-2023

A handmade candle with bow

How To Make Candles At Home: DIY Candle Making In 4 Steps

Learn how to make candles at home in 5 easy steps with our step-by-step guide below.


Why should I make my own candles at home?

Candle making is a fun and creative gift giving idea, as we approach the festive season for 2022. Handmaking candles means you can customise candles for your friends and family, from scented candles to natural, soy wax candles with essential oils and colourful food dyes.  


What supplies do I need to make candles at home?

Our candle making accessories, including wax, wicks and tins, make the process really easy and simple with just a few steps.

  • candle soy wax
  • waxed candle wicks
  • candle tins size
  • a pot
  • metal spoon
  • wooden skewers
  • Optional: food dye, essential oils

How to make candles 

Step 1: Prepare everything

Spool the waxed candle wicks around a wooden skewer and place over the top of each tin with the wick centred.

Candlemaking equipment

Step 2: Melt the candle wax

In a pot over a small flame, add the candle wax and stir constantly with a metal spoon until wax is melted.

Note: The wax will melt quickly so never leave unattended.

Once wax has completely melted, remove from heat. This is where you can add colour or fragrance to your candle to suit.

Wax pellets melting in a pot on the stove

Step 3: Pour the melted wax

Carefully, pour the melted candle wax into the candle tins, ensuring not to overfill and let set completely before removing the wooden skewer and cutting the candle wick to size.

Melted wax in candle tins


Step 4: Decorate your candles

This is the fun part! Decorate the candles tins and lids with your choice of ribbon, wooden, flower or critter embellishments and stickers. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. 

Decorated handmade candles


Kids can help decorate a tin as a thank you gift for their teachers or Christmas gift for friends.

These candles make a personal and thoughtful gift, and once all the candle has been burnt, the wick can be easily removed, and the beautifully decorated tin can be reused for storing small items.

You can also substitute our soy candle wax for our natural bees’ wax, for a longer burning candle.

So get creative and don’t forget to share your beautiful candles with us on Facebook and Instagram!

FAQs About Making DIY Candles At Home

Is it safe to make candles yourself at home?

Yes, it is generally safe to make candles at home as long as you follow proper safety precautions, like working in a well-ventilated area, using appropriate candle-making supplies and handling hot wax carefully, especially if children are close by.

What is the best type of wax to use when making candles at home?

There are many different types of waxes you can use to make candles at home, including soy wax, beeswax, paraffin wax, and palm wax. Each type of wax has its own unique characteristics and benefits, so it's important to consider this and choose the one that best suits your needs and preferences, before starting.

Happy crafting,

The Arbee Team

Handmade Soy Wax Candles