My love for candles first began at University, I had just moved into my own space and decided I wanted to make it my own. So to do this I started collecting candles… this candle collection soon turned into a passion and I am now frequently gifted candles at Christmas and birthdays.

But, in Christmas 2017 my mum one-upped it and instead bought me my own candle making kit, so since then I have started making my own candles, and it is so much fun!

Since it is Valentine’s Day very soon, I thought as a great crafting and gift idea, that I would tell you guys how you yourselves can make your own votive candles! For this, I will be using a starter candle making kit, the very one I was given to make my own candles the first time which can be found at Making Your Own Candles.

So get your pans at the ready and lets go…

List of Materials (for 1 votive candle)

  • 50g of your chosen wax (paraffin/soy)
  • 1 mould
  • wick
  • 1 wick holder
  • 1 metal tab
  • 1 wooden stirrer
  • Blutack
  • Dye of choice (for this I have used red for Valentine’s Day)
  • 2.5ml scent of choice (I have used rose garden)
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 small saucepan
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen scales
  • Pliers

Step by Step Instructions

Lovely assistant (optional)

Step 1) Fill up your larger saucepan just under halfway with boiling water (I usually boil the water in the kettle first as I find it quicker than bringing to the boil on the hob!), then place the smaller saucepan inside.

Step 2) Pour your wax into the smaller saucepan and leave to melt, stirring occasionally with your wooden stirrer.

Step 3) Cut a piece of the wick around finger length, then once the wax is melted, drop the wick into the wax leaving it in for 1-2 seconds, then remove with the wooden stirrer.

Step 4) This wick is then passed through the hole in the metal tab until the other end of the wick is in place with the tab, use your pliers to close the metal tab around this wick end.

Step 5) With the other end of the wick, pass it through the wick holder and then place the wick holder on the edges of your mould, you can then lift or lower the wick in the holder until the metal tab is a few millimetres from the bottom of the mould, once in place use blutack to fix the wick in place on the wick holder. Remove the wick set up from the mould for pouring.

Step 6) Add the dye to the wax (for this I find how much you add is trial and error, the first time I used a larger piece and it turned red, the second time I used a much smaller piece and it went pink!), once the dye is melted into the wax you can pour. (Additionally, add 2.5ml of scent before pouring).

Step 7) Pour the wax into the mould leaving a slight gap at the top, once poured re-add the wick set up to the mould, making sure it is centred, you should have leftover wax in the pan for a second pouring later.

Step 8) Let your wax set for around an hour.

Step 9) After an hour, go back to your candle and re-heat the leftover wax, pour the remainder of the wax to whatever height you want and leave to set fully (you can put them in the fridge to set quicker!). You can remove the wick holder as the wick should now be set in place.

Step 10) Once set, the candle will pop out the mould easily, and that is your candle finished!

This is very basic candle making, but perfect for a first time. From this you can then experiment with the types of wax, moulds, wicks, colours and scents you want to use, and just go crazy!