So, in my life as a Googler, I signed up for a class on how to make soy candles. It’s super easy, and super cheap. Even the gals running the class who make and sell candles said we should never buy candles again, but rather just make them!
Check out the steps below to see how easy it is to make your own soy candles!
First, gather all your materials. Soy wax is the easiest to work with (and least smokey when burning), thus the reason the instructors choose it over beeswax or paraffin candle wax. You can order the wax flakes on Amazon. You just need a double boiler or a candle pouring pitcher (which you put in hot water in a pot as if was a double boiler). You can get a candle making kit on Amazon for under $35 with the basics to get you started!
Needed Materials to Make Soy Candles:
- Cotton wicks (instructors recommend over all other kinds)
- Wick tabs (the little metal grommets at the bottom which will hold your wick in place)
- Soy Candle Wax
- Essential oils or fragrance oils
- Mason jar or container of your choice (you can go to Goodwill and get creative with containers!)
- Double boiler set up
- Clothes pins
- Wooden popsicle sticks
Now that you have all your materials, tie off a small knot (just one time will do) about 1 inch from the bottom of your string. Make sure your string (candle wick) is long enough to extend past the top of the jar when held up straight, including after you tie off an inch. (You’ll trim the wick down later – better to have it long enough than too short.)
Once you tie off the knot, thread the wick upwards through the metal wick tab, so the knot is underneath the grommet.
To set the knot, hold the wick straight up and pour enough wax in the bottom of the container to just slightly cover the wick tab. Just drape the wick over the side of the container while the wax “sets” (aka. dries) and leave it be.
Next you’ll want to choose your fragrance. Make sure your fragrance does not exceed 10% of the total volume of the wax you’ll be pouring into the candle. For example, for a 4 oz candle, you’ll use about 2 dropperfuls of fragrance oil to mix with the wax.
Now mix the fragrance in with the wax. Stir together. It’s good to do this in a plastic cup or something in which you can easily blend them together. You can use wooden popsicle sticks or similar to stir these two together. It’s important to stir for 4 minutes, to make sure that the fragrance is evenly distributed among the wax (which will help it evenly release its scent when burning).
After stirring for 4 minutes, pour mixed wax / fragrance mixture into the candle container. Straighten wick in the center of the candle. Use a clothes pin to clip the wick and hold it in place (lay clothespin horizontally over container to hold the wick firm).
Let wax set until firm.
Allow candle to “cure” for at least 2 days before burning.
When I asked how much each candle ends up costing like this, for the 4 oz ones, they said if you buy about $30 of materials, you should be able to make about 100 candles! That’s just 30 cents a candle!
They said “Now that you have learned how to make candles, you should never buy them again!”
I quite agree.
I’m glad to know now how to make my own soy candles!