If you’re reading this guide, it’s likely you’ve purchased one of our candle making kits. We’re going to take you step by step through the process on how to make a candle. This process applies to all candle making, whether this is a gift for a loved one or you get the candle making bug you will know exactly what to do and what supplies you will need.

Ready to get started? Below is a list of everything the kit contains, be sure to double-check this before you start:

Your kit includes:

  • 6 x Wick Stickums 15mm
  • 6 x Wicks, HTP 105 - 150mm long tab
  • 6 x Glassware, Cambridge Medium - Gloss White, externally painted
  • 6 x Round safety warning labels
  • 3 x 310g bags of Golden Wax 464
  • 3 x 30ml candle fragrance oils
  • 2 x Wick Holders
  • 2 x Wooden Pegs
  • 1 x Bamboo Stick
  • 1 x Wax pouring jug 1 litre

Once you’re happy you have everything you need, it’s time to move on to the candle making process. We would recommend having your kit contents on one table or workbench and your candle making area on another.

Step 1: Setting up your glassware.

Make sure your glassware is completely clean and dry in preparation for candle making. Any wax or water residue can affect the end product result.

Setting up the glassware: Place a round wick stickum on the end of the wick, then press down firmly to secure the wick in the centre on the inside bottom of the glass. The wooden wick holders are great to use for pushing the wick tab down firmly.

Next, centre the top of the wick using the wick holder and pull gently to straighten the wick, securing it in place with the wooden peg.

Step 2: Melting and pouring the wax

We recommend the double boiler method to melt the wax.

Use one bag of soy wax and ensure that the wax reaches a temperature of approximately 75C using the mercury thermometer provided.

Alternatively, use a microwave and microwave safe container (not included) to melt the wax. Once molten, pour the wax into the 1 litre wax pouring jug.

Step 3: Mixing and pouring the fragrance

Choose one of the fragrance oils, pour it into the molten wax and stir thoroughly using the bamboo stick. Once well mixed, slowly pour the combined wax and fragrance into the medium Cambridge glasses you prepared earlier.

Be sure to leave approximately 1cm from the top of the glass rim. Now let your candle cool down for at least five hours before moving it.

Step 4: Finishing the candle

Once completely set, remove the wick holder and peg, and then trim the wick to approximately 1cm above the wax.

Please leave your candle to set and harden overnight so it becomes completely solidified. Once completely set, you can peel the backing off the warning label and apply this to the underside of your candle.

Congratulations! You made your first homemade candles! We hope you enjoyed candle making as much as we do. If you need any additional help or information, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team.

Step 5: Burning your candles

Ideally, soy candles should be allowed to cure before being lit, this helps the fragrance and wax molecules fully bind together resulting in a stronger smelling candle on burning. We suggest allowing your candles to cure for between 10 to 14 days to achieve best results. 

Once ready to burn, trim the wick to approximately 5mm and allow your candle to burn for 4 hours each time. When 1cm of wax remains in the bottom of the candle, extinguish and do not relight. Always be sure to follow the safety advice on the warning label when burning your candle.

Use of this candle making kit:

Our candle making kits have been designed to allow you the enjoyment of making your very own candles at home, once made these candles are intended for use by yourself and should not be sold to others. Candle making is a very rewarding process and one that can make an excellent business however in order to sell your candles, you must comply with all legislation including the requirement for CLP labels to be included on your goods. Should you decide to make the leap into starting your own candle making business, please contact us and we will be happy to send you an advice sheet with further information on how to do so.

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