Easy DIY Scented Candles

DIY Interior Design & Decor Dated:  Jan. 22, 2014
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As far as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with candles. The softness and purity of the wax with its yellow burning centre has amazed me to no ends. At home, we used to have only those practical non-scented white sticks for emergencies. But in home decor shops, I would see those colourful and scented box and pillar candles that would take my breath away.  But their prices were breathtaking too. This prompted me to make my own candles; pink and green, vanilla and lavender; you name it and I made it. And to tell you the truth, they are not only easy to make but are also easy on the pocket.

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Let’s see how you can make scented candles at home.

What you need:

  • Double boiler (or one small and big pan)
  • Paraffin wax (you may use beeswax or soy wax too)
  • Candle wick
  • Container (mason jar, regular/wine glasses, moulds etc)
  • Essential oil (fragrance of your choice)
  • Wax thermometer (or food thermometer)
  • Colorants
  • Rags and newspapers

How to make:

  • Put 200-250 ml water in a small pan to boil on the stove on slow to medium heat. In a bigger pan, add 250-400 gms (or as per the size of your container) of paraffin wax and put the pan on the smaller pan. Stir it with a wooden spoon.
  • While the wax is melting, prepare your jar. Place the wick at the bottom of the jar and secure it in the centre with some hot wax.
  • Hold the wick in place till the wax cools. Now tie the other end of the long wick string to a pencil/pen and rest it on the top of the jar.
  • Dip the thermometer in the melting wax. If the temperature is between 50-60° C, your wax is melted and ready. Add the desired colour and fragrance oil. Stir it well.
  • Pour the wax slowly into the jar and allow it to cool.
  • Once the wax is cooled completely, trim the wick to about ½ inches above the wax level.


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Voila! Your very own scented candle is here. 

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Here are a few handy tips for candle-making:

  • Recycle your old unused or half-burned candles. They melt just as the normal wax does.
  • Dip your wick in melting wax. It will make it stay straight.
  • Don’t add fragrances at high temperature as it may lose some of its scent.
  • Avoid using food colouring for candles as they are water-based and don’t give the same results.
  • For unusual designs, fill the jar with ice cubes, coloured stones etc. The ice will melt leaving holes while coloured stones will shine brightly. To facilitate easy taking out of the candle from the mould, lightly brush up the mould with any vegetable oil before pouring wax. 

So what are you waiting for? Make some colourful and fragrant candles and make your home look cosy and inviting. These candles also make for wonderful gifts for your cherished ones.

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