Easy Homemade Candle

Candles do not have to be scented or colorful to make a cozy home. A nicely-made, plain candle is equally calming and perhaps a little more versatile, fitting well into any container. While a Mason jar is used in this particular recipe, metal and colored-glass containers work well too.

One thing that I love about a basic candle is that it can stay out all year long. While seasonal candles have their place, a plain, unscented candle fits in no matter the occasion. And it makes a great dining area candle because it will not interfere with food aromas.

I would love to see what you come up with. Be sure to share your comments and pictures below!

Candle Making Safety


Soy wax flakes, ~1 lb


Plastic bag

Oven gloves

Large cooking pot

Candle pouring can

Mason jar

Candle fragrances and colors (if desired)

Wick with clip

Wax adhesive (or wick keeper)

Wooden skewers

Step by Step:

1. Lay plastic bag on work makes cleanup so much easier!

2. Attach wax adhesive to bottom side of wick clip. Scoop out wax adhesive with a butter knife and spread it with your fingers onto the bottom of the wick clip. Be generous with the wax so that it sticks more easily. Then adhere to center of Mason jar using a butter knife or other long object.

3. Wrap wick around wooden skewer a few times, positioning skewer above top of jar so that wick within the jar stands straight up. The skewer will keep the wick in place while the candle wax is being poured. The flat skewers work best because they will not roll.

4. Fill large cooking pot with 1-2 inches of water.

5. Pour candle wax into candle wax melter. Then place candle wax melter into large cooking pot to create a double boiler. If it looks like I have more wax than you, it is because I probably do...I like to make several candles at once.

6. Bring water in large cooking pot to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-high, and allow candle wax to melt, stirring occasionally to break up the wax.