Handcrafted Candles

Handcrafted Candles

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • Candle-making Made Easy kit
  • 2-3/4"x6-1/2" metal mold
  • 1 pkg 9" pre-waxed medium bleached wick
  • 1 pkg green dye
  • Candle mold release
  • Candle mold cleaner wax remover
  • 1 bolt of sheer ribbon
  • Stove
  • Double boiler
  • Candy thermometer
  • 2-cup glass measuring cup
  • Parchment paper
  • Foil
  • Hammer, chisel
  • Cookie sheet
  • Container taller than metal mold
  • Fork, spoon
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon
  • Embellishments, assorted florals


Read the manufacturer's directions in kit before beginning.

  1. Use hammer and chisel to break wax into smaller pieces. Cover cookie sheet with foil; cut parchment paper in a corner to test candle color before pouring into mold.
  2. Hold finger over hole on candle mold and pour water into mold to height for candle. Pour water from mold into the top of double boiler to indicate amount of liquid wax needed. Pour out water. Dry thoroughly.
  3. Spray the candle mold release inside the metal mold, following manufacturer's directions.
  4. Place 9" wick into mold through the bottom. Wick has metal piece attached. Bend wick with metal piece 1/2" to one side. Use molding compound to seal wick to bottom. Warm compound in hand to make pliable.
  5. Fill water in bottom of double boiler. Place pieces of wax in top of double boiler. Place candy thermometer so the bottom is not resting on the bottom of the pan. Keep adding wax to the height pan needed for candle.
  6. When the temperature reaches 200° F, remove double boiler from stove and stir in color, a little at a time. To dull the color: after color is established, remove top of the boiler from water and start stirring constantly to keep a skim from forming. This will take approx. 15 minutes. Bubbles will start to appear and wax will start to get cloudy. Stir with fork like whipping egg whites. The wax will harden around edge of pan. Continue to stir 10 to 15 minutes until frothy looking.
  7. Pour wax slowly into the mold leaving a small amount in the pan. Pour wax from the mold back into the pan and start beating again for a couple of minutes. Pour back into the mold leaving a small amount in the pan to add later to candle.
  8. Let candle set overnight before removing from mold. When candle is dry and mold has cooled, turn upside down; candle should drop right out. Repeat to create multiple candles. Clean molds per package instructions.
  9. Tear holiday scrapbook papers to fit around each candle. Glue at back. Tie a bow and embellish.