DIY Scented Candles

This is a sequel to my fire-starter post. After emptying the old wax out of the jars, I cleaned them up and put them to use!

First, I should say these instructions aren’t mine – I got the essential instructions from Teotwawki’s blog describing how to make emergency candles.

The instructions were basic and easy to use. I only needed to add fragrance to turn emergency candles into scented ones. This is how I went about doing it, so feel free to follow along.



Here’s what you’re going to need when making scented candles:

  • Soy Wax Flakes – I purchased a 10 pound bag from Amazon.
  • Candle Jars – I reused old scented candle jars I had lying around. You can use mason jars or any other glass jar so long as it is heat resistant.
  • Candle Wicks With Tabs – You can buy the tabs and wicks separate but it’s easy to buy them together from Amazon. (I buy a lot from Amazon haha.)
  • Scissors or Nail clippers – These are here to cut the wicks. I think nail clippers work better because they cut through the string without slipping.
  • Double Boiler – If you want, fill a pot with boiling water and put a smaller pot inside it. I think double boilers are easier to use.
  • Pouring Device – This can be anything from a pitcher to a measuring cup, so long as it can withstand the heat and won’t melt.
  • Protective Wear – You’ll be handling hot wax, so you’ll want gloves. Also, candle scent is STRONG – a face mask helps filter it.
  • Candle Scent/Fragrance – You don’t have to scent them, but I used candle fragrance from Candle Makers.

Step-By-Step Instructions

First, assemble your supplies – make sure you have everything on hand so you’re not scrambling around to find something. I started with my empty candle jars and placed the wicks inside so they were ready to go. The wicks don’t have to be centered, and it’s OK if they’re long. You cut and center them later.

jars with wicks

Then, I measured the candle wax. I like to use about a pound of wax at a time; this is a manageable amount and doesn’t overflow my boiler. I filled the bottom portion of my double boiler with water, placed the wax in the top half, and set the heat on high.

wax in double boiler

Here’s what it looks like as it melts – it takes on a light golden clear color. Make sure all the chunks disappear!

melting wax

When the wax melted, I measured about 1 to 2 tablespoons of candle fragrance/scent and stirred it into the liquid wax. I’m not sure if this is the correct amount because a lot of candle sites had different instructions. I tested this on a few candles, and it seemed about right – not too strong or too weak. I’m sure the strength of the scent varies between brands too, so it’s a lot of guesswork.

Warning: My candle fragrance warns not to inhale while pouring. This stuff is strong, so I wore a mask and opened all the windows while adding the scent. Even still, my whole house smelled like a York Peppermint Patty (chocolate mint) for hours after doing this.

wax in jars

Next, I poured the wax into my candle pouring pitcher and poured it into the jars. One pound of melted wax was enough to make four small-ish candles.


With the wax in the jars, it’s now time to get the wick in place. I like to use pencils when I don’t have an actual wick holder like the one you see below. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be perfect – it’ll still burn even if the wick is crooked.

wick holder

Then, all you have to do is let the wax cool. It turns white when it cools.

finished candles

If you want to color your candles, I’m not sure how to do that yet. I think you need a special kind of candle coloring – don’t use crayons! Crayons don’t burn well and they stink – which defeats the purpose of making a pretty scented candle.

Don’t forget to trim the wicks down to about a quarter of an inch. This optimizes burn time and gives it a polished look.

These candles make great gifts and burn clean compared to store candles. Also, you can make them for a fraction of the price.

Written By JenniBee


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