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Candle Making Guide: Free Project Instructions & Tutorials

Whether you’re interested in making your own candles or crafting with ready-made ones, this is the project sheet for you! In the first section you’ll find nearly 20 different projects and ideas for crafting with them (some working with melted wax, others with ready made). Next you’ll find a collection of candle making tutorials (including a slow cooker method, milk carton project and a gel tutorial). Plenty of creative and gift-worthy ideas in this bunch, I’ll be adding more goodies to this page as I find them. Enjoy!

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stylizimo.com

Decorative [1]: A piece of paper napkin is cut to size then applied to candle with a hot spoon.

Festive Floating [2]: A few simple items are all that’s needed for this charmer: a mason jar, greenery, cranberries, water and a floating candle.

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bhg.com

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familyfun.go.com

Ice [3]: Similar to milk carton candles (see tutorial below), these are made using salt or oatmeal cylindrical cartons.

Vintage Glassware [4]: Fill glasses, goblets and even jars with melted wax, candle scent and dye (optional) and a tabbed wick.

meganlaneisinyourears.blogspot.com

meganlaneisinyourears.blogspot.com

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marthastewart.com

Bamboo Canes [5]: A large wick with metal tab is attached to the bottom of a bamboo cane (cut to size) then melted wax is poured over top until cane is filled.

Travel Tins [6]: Repurpose candy or mint tins by making these gift-worthy candles (cover with decorative paper, Mod Podge and fill with soy wax).

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sunset.com

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marthastewart.com

Cookie Cutter [7]: Metal cookie cutters and aluminum foil are used for molds, fill with melted beeswax and metal-tabbed tea-light wicks.

Bird Bath [8]: Use assorted ramekins and ceramic pieces to make these charming candles, you’ll need wax, wicks and spray paint for this project.

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ruffledblog.com

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inspiredideasmag.blogspot.com

Photo Memory [9]: Black & white photocopies and transparent contact paper are used to make these glass candleholders. Also added to 20+ Decorative Votive Candle Holders: {DIY Crafts} [10].

Wine Bottle Centerpieces [11]: Learn how to remove the bottom of wine bottles so they can be used to cover candles, these make an impressive display when lit.

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weddingbee.com

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agirlinparadise.blogspot.com

How To Transfer Ink Designs [12]: Personalize candles by making an ink design on tissue paper then transfer it with a sheet of wax paper and a heat gun.

Cutout Letters [13]: Easy craft made with sheets of beeswax, letter-shaped cookie cutters and cotton candlewick.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

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heygorg.com

Vintage Teacup [14]: Save orphaned tea cups to make these gift-worthy candles, made with eco friendly wax flakes, tabbed wicks, scent and dye.

DIY Dipped [15]: Plain candles are dipped in melted wax made from bits of crayons.

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momtastic.com

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remodelingthislife.com

Holiday Shimmer [16]: Easy peasy to make! Simply coat candles with a layer of Mod Podge then roll in Epsom salts.

Cinnamon Stick Pillars [17]: Cinnamon sticks are cut to size then glued around a plain pillar candle (using a hot glue gun).

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marthastewart.com

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candletech.com

Water Balloon Luminaries [18]: Water balloons are dipped in melted wax (a few layers), then popped & drained. A votive or tea light is placed inside to light.

Orange Peel [19]: Filled with melted beeswax, the peel can be removed when it’s no longer fresh.

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mominmadison.blogspot.com

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itssoverycheri.com

Scented Soy Wax Filled Paint Cans [20]: Made with 1 pint paint cans, natural soy wax, candle scent and prepared wicks. Includes free labels to download (via doc file).

Mason Jars [21]: Step-by-step instructions with lots of pictures and also shows how to make a stamped fabric lid covers for gift giving.

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somethingturquoise.com

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linaloo.typepad.com

Another Stamped Project [22]: Here’s another stamped design tutorial using tissue and parchment paper.

Stamped Tissue Transfers [23]: White tissue paper is stamped with design of choice then applied to candles with a few basic supplies.

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cathiefilian.blogspot.com

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theproperpinwheel.com

Neon Textured [24]: Achieve this look with Grip It drawer liner, spray paint and a hot glue gun.

Basket Weave [25]: Beeswax sheets are cut into strips then woven and applied to a pillar candle (using a hair dryer).

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marthastewart.com

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abeautifulmess.com

Beeswax Jars [26]: Naturally scented, glass mason jars are filled with melted wax and a wick.

Candle Making

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Crockpot Method [27]: Glass candle holders are arranged in the bottom of a crock pot, filled with soy wax pieces then heated until wax has melted.

Recycling [28]: Scrape out the wax from old candles that are too low to use then melt and pour into glass jars, votives and other containers. Dye and scent can be added if you wish.

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chickensintheroad.com

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kneek.wordpress.com

Dipping Beeswax [29]: A length of wick is dipped in melted wax (on each end), allowed to cool a little then dipped and dipped some more. Hang on a wooden dowel to dry.

Rolled Beeswax [30]: These are probably the easiest candles to make, a length of wicking is placed on one edge of a sheet of beeswax, pressed into the wax then rolled evenly across the sheet.

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craftingagreenworld.com

Milk Carton Project

*First published December 19, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization

I haven’t seen these or made one in years…here’s an easy to make candle that’s an old crafty favorite. I clipped this from a 1960s magazine so it’s been around for at least a few decades…

Making Milk Carton Candles

Making Milk Carton Candles

Source: Family Circle Magazine, 1960

DIY Gel Version

*First published September 25, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization

Try making a small batch or two of these to get the swing of things, then setup an assembly line to whip up several at once.

Easy Oven Method For Making Gel Candles

Easy Oven Method For Making Gel Candles

Materials Needed:

Gel Wax
Liquid Dye for Gel Wax (optional)
Gel Safe Fragrance Oil (optional)
Zinc Core Wick (pre-tabbed)
Glass container to hold candle

Prep Materials:

Large Pyrex Measuring Cup
Metal Spoon (for stirring)
Candy Thermometer
Pencil
Hot Glue & Glue Gun
Toothpick

Directions:

Important: At this point the wax should not be cooler than 200 degrees. If it is, set the dish in the oven again to raise the temperature.

Important: At this point, the wax should not be lower than 185°. If it is, set the dish back in the oven to raise the temperature.

Tips:

Bubble Trouble:

Layers of Color:

Embedded Items (Optional):

Embedded Object Ideas:

Fragrance & Dye Tips:

Tips For Choosing A Glass Container:

Cleanup Tips:

Safety Tips