Homemade woodwick candles

Sometimes I find vintage glasses that aren’t in perfect condition. So when my friend sent me a link to make DIY teacup candles, it sparked an idea. If you can make candles in teacups, why not in vintage glasses.

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I looked at a number of different poured candle DIYs and I knew I wanted to make soy candles and I was really interested in making wooden wick candles because I’ve always thought that the flame was so pretty. I picked up all my candle making supplies at Michael’s and I was all ready to get started. The basic materials you will need are:

  • Pouring pot
  • Candle making thermometer
  • Soy wax flakes
  • Wooden candle wicks
  • Double boiler (or another large pot would work also)

First you need to melt the soy wax flakes on the stovetop in a double boiler. If you don’t have one (I didn’t), just put the wax flakes in the pouring pot and put that in another pot of water.


When the wax reaches 175º it should be melted completely. When it is completely melted you can take it off the heat and let the temperature come back down to around 125º. Then you are ready to pour.


Since I was making wood wick candles, you don’t need to put the wick in before you pour the wax. Pour the melted soy wax all the way to the top of your glass, it will shrink a little as it cools. Then once the wax has started to firm up (you’ll be able to tell because it will start to turn opaque white) just push the wood wick all the way down in the center of the candle. Then wait until the candle has hardened completely before trimming the wick down to the proper size. Then you can burn your new wood wick candle.

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I decided not to add fragrance to these candles since it was my first time making them. If you want to add fragrance to your candle you can add it after the wax has completely melted and cools down to around 150º.


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