Votive Candle

Votive Candle

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Yaley
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Additional Information



  • Protected work surface (cardboard/newspaper)
  • Votive cup mold
  • 3" wick
  • Yaley’s Premium Wax
  • Double boiler
  • Thermometer
  • Stirring utensil
  • Ivory dye
  • Scent/fragrance
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


1. Prepare work area with cardboard or newspaper. Project can be messy, dress accordingly.
2. Wipe votive cup clean. Be careful, the edges are sharp. Place votive cups level on work area.
3. Using Yaley’s Premium Wax, melt wax in a double boiler following the instructions on the wax label. Melt wax to 200° F. Turn off heat source when wax reaches temperature. Never leave melting wax unattended.
4. While wax is at 200° F, add ivory dye. Follow instruction on dye package to achieve the desired color. Stir in dye until completely melted. Using small shavings of dye works best. Never use water based soap dye; it will cause wax to explode.
5. Add scent if desired. Follow instructions included with fragrance. Stir in well.
6. When the wax has cooled to 180-190° F., pour wax into votive cup. Fill to approximately 1/4" to the top of the mold or where the mold starts to flare out. Hint: the colder the wax, the rougher (or granite) look will appear. The hotter the wax (190-200° F), the smoother the candle will look. Project shown was poured at about 190° F.
7. Allow wax to sit for 5-10 minutes (or until a film of wax appears on the top or bottom of the candle), insert the wick. The film will help keep the wick attached to the bottom of the mold. Make sure the wick is centered. If the wick falls over, use a dowel or pencil to ensure the wick stays straight. Never burn the candle with a wick that is off-center.
8. After approximately 15-30 minutes, the wax will start to shrink in the middle and a well” will form. Poke a few holes in the middle to help release any air pockets. Refill the well with melted wax. Do not exceed the original fill line. Pour at the same temperature of the original pour. Repeat if necessary. The hotter the wax when poured, the more times this process may need repeated.
9. After a few hours, and the mold and wax have completely cooled, remove candle from the mold.
10. Candle is now ready to burn. Burn votive in container designed for votive candles. Always follow warnings.

Use caution with handling metal votive cups. Edges are sharp and can cut you.
When melting wax, do not exceed 260° F. Never leave melting wax unattended and always use a thermometer to monitor temperature. Wax is similar to other cooking oils. It will burst into flames if the wax gets too hot. If wax catches fire, due to overheating, immediately turn off heat source and smother the fire with a lid or baking soda. Do not use water; it will cause the fire to explode. Keep candle making supplies and burning candles away from children. Keep burning candles out of drafts and away from potential hazards such as drapes, children, or animals. Never leave a lighted candle unattended. Trim wick to 1/4" before relighting every time. Always place candles on plates or heat resistant containers as to not damage furniture. The picture shows the votive candle without a container, it is always recommended to burn votive candles in a container designed for use with votive candles. It is not only safer, but will provide a longer burn cycle for votive candle.