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Candle Making Staples: The Candlemaker’s Cheat Sheet

Ready to imbue the room with your chosen therapeutic vibe of the day? Throughout time, candles have always been loved because they’re flexible, simple, and multifunctional. At the light of a match, these objects add an immediate change to a room’s atmosphere, whatever the season.

Whether you’re a first-time hobbyist or a seasoned pro that wants to review the basics, this list will help make sure you’ve got all the necessary supplies for candle-making to craft these easy-to-make home must-haves.

 

The Complete List of Supplies for Candle-Making

 

Lovely candles are expensive. Making your candles is a fun and relaxing activity that will save you a lot of money in the long run. It does require you to invest initially, but the benefits along the way are worth it.

You’ll have no trouble finding supplies for candle-making since they’re sold in stores and on popular e-marketplaces. Add these to your next trip to the store or order them online for convenience.

 

Kit Essentials

Wax

It forms 98% of the candle’s body, depending on whether you’d want to add more objects for art. There are different kinds of wax for candle-making. The cheapest and most commonly found wax is paraffin. However, it’s also the most toxic, sending harmful gases into the air as it melts. Other popular options are soy wax, palm wax, and coconut wax that are more sustainable.

 

Candle Wicks

It’s usually made of cotton, braided, and placed in the middle of the candle. The wick is the part that’s lit and holds the flame. It also keeps the candle burning until the fire’s put out. You can also create your wicks from other materials, such as newspapers or scraps of a shirt, but affordable ones are available.

Opt for high-end brands when you have a better understanding of how their materials interact with different kinds of wax and affect the candle’s overall quality. When you purchase wicks, they usually come with their glass or metal base. It keeps the wick standing in the middle of the wax throughout the candle-making process. If you’re new to this, stick to the wicks that come in your candle-making kit like Hearts & Crafts’ candle making kits.

 

Tools/Equipment

Wax Pouring Pot/Pitcher

This is where you melt the wax chips. Its light and thin build allow you to weigh the wax while inside the container. The body is made of aluminum that will enable it to conduct heat well without damaging it. There should also be a small spout opposite the handle for pouring the wax. They usually come in a size that can accommodate a few pounds of wax.

 

Candle and Soap Scale

It’s easy to go for the food scales you already have at home, but those aren’t as accurate. Investing in a scale meant for candle and soap-making will be worth it to get those precise measurements. It’s not necessarily expensive as affordable ones give you several functions you’d most likely need.

Remember to choose one with the TARE feature so your scale will measure the candle wax only and not the container. To do this, weigh the empty wax pouring pitcher first then press the TARE button. It automatically resets the scale to zero. Your scale will automatically disregard the weight of the container when you place it on the scale again with wax inside.

 

Wick Bar/Centering Device

It holds your wick in the center while the wax cools and solidifies. Some wick bars have slots that keep it to the side or hold more than one wick in place, depending on your design. At Hearts & Crafts, we have metal and wooden tabs that are bundled in our wax kits.

If you don’t want to shell out for a wick bar, an alternative would be to use chopsticks or pencils, which you can get for free with your order of takeout from most local Asian restaurants. They’re more of a hassle, but you get them without spending an extra penny.

Glue Dots

Yes, they’re dedicated adhesive supplies for candle-making. In some cases, the bottom part of the wick with its metal base would move off-center. The circular sticky pieces keep them in place.

Stick them to the bottom of the glass or metal base of your wick before you place them in the mold. It’s incredibly helpful to use a mason jar or some other container to keep the candle in.

When buying them at a store or searching online, always specify you’re looking for candle-making glue dots, so your order isn’t confused for a different adhesive. Now you don’t have to use messy glue guns.

 

Double Boiler

This kitchen equipment is used for ingredients that are too delicate to be heated directly. It’s two pots stacked, one on top of the other—place water in the bottom. Once you heat the bottom one, the steam from the water will heat the second.

A great alternative would be to get two pots with one smaller than the other. Place the smaller pot inside the big one then, voila! You have a double boiler.

 

Thermometer

Getting the temperature right is crucial for making candles. Each step relies on a specific temperature for execution before you can move forward. It’s also important not to overheat the wax for best quality candles.

While other thermometers work, a specialized one is best so you can leave it in the wax as it melts without worrying about damaging the thermometer. It should also be long enough to stick out of the container so you can read the temperature without the risk of burning your hand.

 

Wooden Spoon

A spoon is handy when checking on the solidity of the wax chips left to estimate how long it’ll take before melting and mixing ingredients, like dye and oils. Make sure it has a long handle to stick out of the pot. You’d want one spoon to be dedicated to candle-making only. Store it in a place where it won’t get mixed with other kitchen utensils and be used for food.

 

Candle Molds

Mason jars look great, but with a candle inside, they look just as pretty, especially when you become more comfortable and start to add more design. Pillar candles are lovely on their own. Molds will hold the liquid wax until it cools, and you’ll be able to easily slip the candle out once it has taken form and fully solidified. Some molds allow the candles to take different shapes.

 

Extras/Add-ins

When you’re feeling a little “extra” and want to take your candles to the next level, these are go-to supplies for candle-making.

 

Candle Dye

Add a little color to your candles! If you thought candles change a room on their own, wait until you play with color. Dye chips are economical and melt quickly in your wax, but take note of the right temperature to add the dye. Get a set of 20 vibrant dye chips when you head over to our store.

 

Mason Jars

If you have a jar lying around the house, peel off the label and clean it up. Then you’ve got an instant elegant decor for your home. Add your label like a quote, a mood, or the name of the scent if your candle has one.

 

Oils (Fragrance or Essential)

Don’t you love walking into a room that smells nice? Scents are a nice touch to the home. Candle-making with essential oils is very therapeutic and fulfilling to the end. Essential oils are eco-friendly and offer health benefits, compared to fragrance oils, but they’re a lot more expensive. For economic purposes and a more pungent smell, choose fragrance oils.

 

Glitter

Glam up your space without spending a ton on expensive furniture or decorations. Include glitter when making your candles. Be sure to use a kind that’s explicitly fine to use in candles.

 

Finally…

When you’re new to the art, focus on the basics. It won’t take long for you to be confident in working with other materials. You’ll be surprised to see your list of supplies for candle-making expand as you explore more creative ideas. Unleash your inner artist!

15 Beautiful Candle Containers You Can Use for Your Next DIY Project

Using household items as candle containers allow you to keep sentimental items that you might not want to use according to their original purpose. Give new life to your spouse’s coffee mug or your grandfather’s ashtray, and you’ll keep memories alive. Restore them as candle containers and holders. You’ll discover a new allure to them that you, your family, and your guests will appreciate. Here are the top 15 candle holder ideas you can find at home: 

Glass Jars 

Apothecary jars are the classic favorite. The glass walls allow the candle’s beauty and light to shine through unobstructedDecorative lids transform a simple decorative piece into an object of elegance. They can also handle extreme heat, which makes them great candle containers. Pressure canning jars make great affordable alternatives, and their tin lids are easy to customize. 

Bowls 

When you want to switch out our old tableware for a new set but not waste anything, a good idea would be to use them as décor around the house. Use a bowl as a base for a freestanding candle or a container for water and a floater candle. Then place rose petals around. Now you have a romantic centerpiece for your coffee table for movie nights with your significant other. 

Wine Glasses 

These items alone are lovely so they don’t need much. Floaters in water with pieces of foliage and flowers around it look best but you can also use it to hold self-supporting candles. You can also use champagne flutes and water goblets. However, they’re not advisable for container candles because extreme temperatures will break crystal and the type of glass commonly used to make them. 

Wine Bottles 

Many crafters are talented in finding ways to place candles in the middle of wine bottles, along with other decorative elements, while keeping the vessel intact. However, professional levels of skill aren’t always necessary. Cut the glass bottle with a glass bottle cutter for easy access. Do it cleanly in half or at an angle, depending on your design. 

Cups and Mugs 

These everyday items tell a lot about a person, from their aesthetic taste to their personality to their morning routine. Cups and mugs come in numerous designs and sizes so they offer a window to knowing another person. They’re a common source of nostalgia and should be preserved…as a candle container of course. 

Plant Pots 

You’ve got endless options in style and theme to match your preferences. Plant pots are great for unifying the indoor with the outdoor by bringing some of the outdoor in. They’re also great for making outdoor candle holders that would go with the outdoor surroundings and not stick out like a sore thumb. 

Glass Vases 

Still have some you used at your wedding or from a friend’s setup? More organizers are turning to them, not to hold just flowers, but candles as well. It’s a smart way to level up the romance at a fraction of the original cost if they were to be filled with flowers as well. Fill them with water and floaters as well as foliage and petals.  

Pumpkins and Fruits 

Here’s a great idea that would get you through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holiday season. While you’re thinking of carving out a few pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns, consider using a few small ones as candle containers for your tables and counters. 

Either use them as a base for freestanding candles or use candles of the same height as the pumpkins so the flame dances just above for a magical but eerie vibe. Do the same with apples, oranges, and other similarly shaped fruit for other seasons. 

Planters 

Your outdoor area can be as romantic as indoors. If planters are good for small plants, why not candles? Position the candles in between the plants. Keep the candles small with a good amount of space. Ideally, the plants are small, don’t bend with the wind, and don’t have long leaves that would risk creating a fire. Hold the candles firmly in place with rocks. Doesn’t that porch look just lovely? 

Bricks 

For a grittier, New York feels, or just more ways to stoke that outdoor-loving part of you and bring it with you in your home, use bricks. They work similarly to planters. For bricks with more than one hole, you can place a plant in one. Add a succulent for a Mexican theme and tada—you’re ready to host taco nights! 

Metal Funnels 

These complement the pipes and minimal color of an industrial theme. Instead of keeping spaces and walls bare, choose the pieces that would be appropriate such as this, and repurpose them into something else entirely. Turn them upside down and stick a thin candle through the metal shaft. Run a flame along the sides of the candle to melt it slightly before placing it inside. Wait for it to set. 

Lanterns 

Gorgeous and a well-loved choice for candle holders, lantern designs range from Eastern to Victorian. No matter which you choose, it still remains one of the most beautiful options. Because lanterns with lit candles are a charming sight on their own, you don’t need to do more. Keep it as is and you can hang them, place one on either side of the front door, or line the patio with them. 

Wood 

For fire safety and prevention, avoid using wood as a candle container on its own. Always partner it with another like glass that keeps the wood from getting burned by the flame and heat. Mask it with the wood and carve on the outside to personalize it. This would make an interesting wedding or house warming gift. Keep it in plain sight when the candle is lit. 

Platters 

Almost anything can be passed down, including platters. Preserve these heirlooms and restore them to their original elegance. Metal platters that once were in their prime, serving cocktails at parties, can be given a retouch and used as a handsome tray for pillar candlesLay a string of pearls on the platter and gold balls for a ball-themed celebration. Your family would be proud. 

Candle Tins 

Not sure where to look? Hearts & Crafts has a wide array of candle tins you can choose from! Take your pick from our selection of colors and finishesGone are the days when we stuck to the plain and shiny gray. Spice it up with different shades of winegold, and tealThey’re easy to maintain, can handle high temperatures, and are a treat for the eyes, making them great candle containers. 

Candleholders were once pretty standard. You only used those specifically made for the purpose and using jars or the like were seen as marks of poverty. It’s no longer the case. The more out-of-the-box you can get, the more likely it’s going to be a work of art. As long as you remember to keep it safe from fires for everyone, let your imagination soar and keep making candles!