How To Make Candles

Have you ever wondered how candles are made? For centuries, the ancient art of candlemaking has been shrouded in mystery. Even today, it remains a closely guarded secret among those of us in the candle industry. That is, until now! Get ready, because we are about to reveal to you the secret of how candles are made. 

Step 1

Dress appropriately. This is a serious endeavor and you need to treat it with respect. Think business formal.

Step 1: Dress appropriately.

Step 2

Measure out paraffin wax into your melting pot. This is a good opportunity to imagine you’re in the spermaceti-squeezing scene in Moby Dick.

Step 2: Measure out paraffin wax.

Step 3

Measure out soy wax into your melting pot. Now, you might be wondering “If I’m feeling a little peckish, can I eat soy wax?” Absolutely, depending how you define “eat.” At a minimum, you can put it in your mouth and swallow it.

Step 3: Add soy wax.

Step 4

Add dye. But make sure it’s candle dye, and not food coloring or fabric dye! Actually, on second thought, maybe those would work too. Give it a shot and let us know how it turns out!

Step 4: Add dye.

Step 5

Have a drink while you wait for the wax to melt. You’ve earned it!

Step 5: Have a drink.

Step 6

Stick a wick to the bottom of the candle container and secure it in place. The wick is a really important part of a quality candle, but a lot of cheap, mass-produced candles will skip the wick entirely. Not you!

Step 6: Add a wick.

Step 7

Take the wax’s temperature. Unlike your horrible children, the wax will stay still for this. But don’t let it get hotter than its flashpoint, because if you burn your house down in a freak candlemaking accident, you’ll have to have an embarrassing conversation with your insurance company.

Step 7: Take the wax's temperature.

Step 8

Pour wax into a separate container and add scent. You’ll want to do this in a separate container so your melting pot doesn’t start to smell like Donald Trump. Because it would be nice if there were a single damn thing in your house not contaminated with the noxious odor of steak and tanning lotion.

Step 8: Add scent.

Step 9

Pour the melted, scented wax into the candle containers. This hand-pouring is what separates your hand-poured candles from the bland, corporate candles churned out in the smoke-belching factories of “Big Candle,” so you should really savor the authenticity of this moment. Also, if you mess anything up, remember that little defects and imperfections are actually good, since they underscore that your candles are handmade, by amateurs. Poorly.

Step 9: Pour wax into candle containers. 

Step 10

Wait for the wax to cool and cure. This is going to take at least 24 hours, so you should reward yourself again, but this time with ten or twenty drinks.

Step 10: Wait for the wax to cool.

Step 11

Trim the wick down to a reasonable length. We use toenail clippers but we PROMISE we don’t these clippers for anything else, except clipping our toenails.

Step 11: Trim the wicks.

Step 12

Stick on a label. You’re not going to get it perfectly even and wrinkle-free, because you are neither a machine nor some kind of label ninja. If anyone criticizes your label placement just write “handmade!” on a slip of paper and tie it around a rock. But don’t throw it through their window, just leave it on their doorstep. They’ll get the message.

Step 12 - Stick on a label.

Step 13

You’re done! Unless you’ve foolishly decided that your candles need a wig. In which case, you’re going to need another drink before you get started on the slow, tedious, and hairy process of making tiny wigs.

Step 13: Make tiny wigs for your candles.