How to Make This Chic Candle for Under $10

Updated 01/30/18
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how to make a candle: Final product
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There's something so relaxing about burning a candle. Whether you're chilling out watching some feel-good TV or reading in the bath, the flicker of a flame and a beautiful scent can instantly lift your mood. Sure, you could buy a candle in the shops, but creating your very own personalized version is even better.

Making something yourself is so satisfying, plus you can customize everything from the jar and scent to the label. Even better, they make a super-thoughtful gift for a friend or a lovely pick-me-up from you to, well, you. This version can be made for under $10 a candle, so why not give it a try?

how to make a candle: What you need
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Ingredients:

Wax pellets (makes eight large or 12 small candles), $11

Pre-waxed wicks (pack of nine), $5

Gold jar, $3

Fragrance oil (we used clementine and prosecco), $12

Optional: Wax dye, $7, and sticky-back A4 paper, $6

Tools:

Pan, bowl, kettle, scales, measuring jug, clothespin, and spoon

how to make a candle: Wax pellets and saucepan
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1. Weigh Your Wax

For one candle, add 80 grams of wax pellets to a glass bowl.

how to make a candle: Boil water
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2. Boil Water

Boil a kettle of water, and pour into your pan until it's half full. Place the glass bowl on top of the pan over a medium-heated pot.

how to make a candle: Melt the wax
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3. Melt Your Wax

Wax melts at around 55º, which takes around five to 10 minutes.

how to make a candle: Add fragrance oil
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4. Add Fragrance Oils

Add 10 drops (or less, if desired) of fragrance oil to the melting wax. If desired, add two to three shards of colored wax dye.

how to make a candle: The melted wax
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5. Attach the Wick to Your Jar

Take a pre-waxed wick, and dip it into the melted wax in your pan.

how to make a candle: Fix the wick into your jar
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Quickly place this firmly in the center of your glass jar.

How to make a candle: Peg the wick into place
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6. Peg Your Wick in Place

Thread the top of the wick through the hole in your clothespin. Balance this on the jar to keep the wick in position.

How to make a candle: Transfer your wax to a glass jug
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7. Transfer the Wax to a Jug

Transfer your melted wax into a measuring jug for easy pouring into the jar.

how to make a candle: Pour the melted wax into your candle jar
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8. Pour the Wax, and Leave to Set

Pour around the wick carefully, and leave to set for at least four hours (preferably overnight).

how to make a candle: Set wax
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The wax will turn from clear to solid once completely set.

how to make a candle: Make a label
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9. Make Your Label

If you want to add a label, you can download our template here. Save and print onto your sticky-back paper.

how to make a candle: Make a label
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The simple black-and-white print looks seriously chic. 

how to make a candle: Stick to the jar
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10. Fix Your Label

Once printed, cut out with scissors to fit your jar. Peel off the back, and press down firmly.

how to make a candle: The final candle
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All done. Enjoy!

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