How to Make Homemade Scented Candles

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Scented candles make the perfect gift, addition to decor and they simply smell awesome, but they’re usually stupidly expensive. I don’t know about you, but my budget doesn’t allow $200 a year of scented candle money. That’s why I was super excited to find a much cheaper alternative that will still feed my scented candle addiction.

How to Make Homemade Scented Candles:

What you need:


  • Wax flakes (whatever kind you like — i.e. soy)
  • Pre-waxed candle wicks
  • Containers for candles (i.e. mason jars)
  • Essential oils (whatever scent you like)


  • Glass bowl or large glass measuring cup (something with a spout is best)
  • Saucepan
  • Skewers
  • Tape
  • Scissors


  1. Set up the wicks: Lay the metal piece flat against the bottom of your candle container. Then, take a skewer and tape the other end of the wick to the skewer so that it is pulled as straight as possible. Set the skewer on the top of your container and let the wick stretch out.
  2. Measure out your wax flakes: First, measure your container. One was to do this is to fill the container with water and then pour the water in a measuring cup to get an exact measurement. Once you know how big your container is, measure out twice the amount of wax flakes (i.e. if your container is one cup, measure out two cups of wax flakes). Put wax flakes in glass bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Melt the wax: Fill your saucepan halfway with water. Then, set your glass container that is holding the wax flakes in the water. Make sure no water is getting in the container, just surrounding the outside. Then, turn your heat on to medium-high. Use a metal spoon or spatula to stir the wax. Once the wax is completely melted, remove it from the stove.
  4. Add scent: This is where you get to decide how strong your candle scent is going to be. If you want a moderately scented candle, add approximately 10 drops of essential oil per 16 ounces. If you want your candle stronger, add more drops.
  5. Pour the wax: Set your containers in a spot where they can sit untouched for a few hours. Then, hold the skewer tight while you pour the wax into the container — it’s best to use a bowl or measuring cup with a spout. Pour to your desired height.
  6. Let the candle set: The setting-up process usually takes about 3-4 hours. It’s best to let them set-up in room temperature — this prevents the wax from cracking.

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