Make Your Own Scented Candles: Simple Steps to Follow

Make Your Own Scented Candles: Simple Steps to Follow

Making scented candles at home is a fun and rewarding DIY project. Whether you want to create a relaxing ambiance, give personalized gifts, or start a small business, this guide will take you through the steps of making beautifully scented candles.

Materials Needed

  • Wax: Soy wax, paraffin wax, or beeswax.
  • Wicks: Pre-waxed cotton wicks with metal tabs.
  • Fragrance Oil: Choose your favorite scent.
  • Dye (Optional): Candle dye or crayon shavings for color.
  • Containers: Glass jars, tins, or molds.
  • Double Boiler: For melting the wax.
  • Thermometer: To monitor wax temperature.
  • Stirring Utensil: Wooden or metal spoon.
  • Wick Holder: To keep the wick centered.
  • Glue Dots: To secure the wick to the bottom of the container.


1. Prepare Your Work Area

Cover your workspace with newspaper or an old cloth to protect it from spills. Gather all your materials and tools.

2. Measure the Wax

Measure out the amount of wax you’ll need. A good rule of thumb is to double the volume of your container to find out how much wax to use (e.g., a 1-cup container will need about 2 cups of wax).

3. Melt the Wax

Set up a double boiler by placing a heat-safe container or a smaller pot inside a larger pot filled with water. Add the wax to the smaller pot and heat the water in the larger pot to melt the wax gently. Stir occasionally to help the wax melt evenly. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature. The ideal melting temperature for most waxes is between 170-180°F (77-82°C).

4. Prepare the Wick

While the wax is melting, attach the wick to the bottom of your container using a glue dot or a bit of melted wax. Use a wick holder or a clothespin to keep the wick centered and upright.

5. Add Fragrance and Color

Once the wax is completely melted and reaches about 170°F (77°C), remove it from the heat. Add your chosen fragrance oil. The recommended amount is typically 1 ounce of fragrance oil per pound of wax, but check the instructions on your specific fragrance oil for exact measurements. If you want to add color, stir in candle dye or crayon shavings until fully dissolved.

6. Pour the Wax

Allow the wax to cool slightly to around 150-160°F (65-71°C) before pouring it into the container. This helps prevent cracking and sinking. Carefully pour the wax into the container, leaving some space at the top.

7. Secure the Wick

Adjust the wick if necessary to ensure it remains centered. Let the candle cool and harden completely. This can take several hours to overnight.

8. Trim the Wick

Once the candle is fully set, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch (6 mm) above the wax surface. This helps ensure a good burn.

Tips for Best Results

  1. Test Burn: Always test burn your candles to check for proper wick size and fragrance throw.
  2. Storage: Store your candles in a cool, dark place to preserve their scent and color.
  3. Safety: Never leave melting wax unattended and be cautious when handling hot wax.


Making scented candles at home allows you to customize fragrances and colors to your liking. With a bit of practice, you can create beautiful, aromatic candles perfect for gifts or personal use. Enjoy your candle-making journey!

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