Candle Making 101


A photo of Drew OdomAs part of our “crafty Christmas” Pan and I decided to make some homemade candles. Now we have seen a host of this DIY craft on other sites and in books. But we wanted to kind of go out on our own and do something we had available to us and that intrigued us. So about a month ago we headed to our local craft supply and bought the following:

  • Microwaveable soy wax
  • Pre-waxed wicks

And then got together a clothespin, a microwaveable measuring glass/cup, some wood from our land and about 1 hour of time.

Materials include microwaveable soy wax, wood columns, wick and clothespins

Before we could begin though Pan set about finding just the right wood from our land that she felt would make good candles. We decided to make both cylindrical “candlesticks” as well as bored out candle chunks. Once she got the wood, she used her 1-inch chisel and stripped the bark off. Using 180 grit sandpaper she smoothed the surface and gave it a very artistic look rather than a “rustic country cabin” look. The last prep step was to rub linseed oil on all the wood and allow it to dry completely.

Pan prepares the wood.

Once the wood had completely dried we took them all inside and laid them out on paper towels with the holes upward ready to receive the wax. Before melting the wax though we measured and cut the wicks to there would be right at an inch of wick for each candle.

8/31/2011 9:02:26 PM

You may be able to make these to be able to burn if before you put in the wax make the hole big enough for a metal or glass tube to slide in first then put the wax and wick in. Just a thought.

8/31/2011 8:57:15 PM

Great idea for decor or for gift giving but i agree that when giving them away you need to put a warning on them that the wood could catch fire.

1/24/2010 8:39:55 PM

@vickie - I am so glad you enjoyed the DIY. That is absolutely something I strive to do - making easy to read, easy to follow, easy to do posts. I hope the ones you make look fantastic and make you as happy as ours made us. @kindredscents - Thank you so much for reading and your kind words.

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