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DIY – Make your own scented candles

DIY – Make your own scented candles

Posted by Escape and co. | 5th December 2016 | Inspirations

Winter is here and I guess we’re all looking for the perfect candle to match our homes. What best than spending some time at home in a cosy living room? If you do not want to spend an arm on scented candles, follow our tutorial to make your own scented candles. They are also a great personalised gift for Christmas or wedding favours!

What you’ll need

  • Soy wax flakes (you’ll need 2 times the amount of wax flakes to fill each container)
  • Pre-waxed candle wicks
  • Containers for candles (mason jar, preserve jar, can, glass, cup or anything you want)
  • Glass container
  • Saucepan or pot
  • Skewers or chopsticks
  • Tape
  • Nontoxic crayon or candle color block (for the color)
  • Essential oils (for the scent)



These instructions are also valid for multiple wicks candles.

  1. Make sure your glass containers are clean

  2. Set up the wick: Lay the metal part of wick flat against the bottom of your container and use the chopsticks to hold up the wick. To make sure the everything stays in place, tape the wicks to the chopsticks.

  3. Melt the wax: Fill the saucepan about half. Place the wax into the glass container and put the glass container into the saucepan. Turn your stove to medium-high and mix with a metal spoon. Make sure not to put too much water into the saucepan so that it does not splash into the wax flakes.

  4. If you would like to add colour to your candle, cut a piece of your crayon and let it melt along with the flakes. I usually add a piece of about 1 cm. The bigger the piece of crayon, the stronger the colour. Note that the colour will seem bright when melted but will take a more milky aspect when it hardens. You may also add glitter at this stage.

  5. Once the wax is fully melted, add the scent to the mixture. I calculate about 10 drops for 500 grams but you can change that if you’d like a lighter or stronger scent. You can also mix scents to create your own.

  6. Pour your mixture into your container.

  7. Let the candles rest for about 3 to 4 hours at room temperature. This will prevent cracks in the wax.

Pricewise, I have paid around 20£ for 2kg of wax + 30 wicks (will have to make plenty!) + scent on Amazon.

Photo credits: Pinterest / Unsplash

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