How to Make Container Candles

Introduction to container candles

Written by
Cindy Novack
Published on
May 18, 2021 4:07:48 PM PDT May 18, 2021 4:07:48 PM PDTth, May 18, 2021 4:07:48 PM PDT

Container candles are one of the easiest yet most versatile candles you can make. There are all types of jars, crocks, ceramics, concrete and glass that you can pour candles into. Look for jars or containers with wide enough necks so that the flame does not extinguish while you are burning your candle due to lack of air.


You will need:


Step 1

Prepare your work area - gather your materials.


Step 2

Put the wax your melting pot. Clip your thermometer on the side of the melting pot. Put the melting pot in the double boiler and start heating (wax in your melter or hot plate). Add water to the bottom of the double boiler if necessary while heating the wax.

Step 3

When wax reaches 180 degrees you are ready to add the color and scent. It’s better to start with small amounts of the color and add as you go. Stir the wax with your thermometer or spoon until the color is well dissolved. You can test your color by putting a drop of wax on a white piece of paper. Keep in mind that when the wax is hardened it will appear lighter than it looks in the melting pot and darker than it appears on the white piece of paper. Once you have the color that you want it’s time to add the scent. I use about 1 oz. of scent per pound of wax for very highly scented candles. If you do not want highly scented candles, only add the amount that you want. Stir the scent again with your thermometer.

Step 4

Attach your wick's tab to the bottom center of the container either with hot glue or wick tape. Pour the wax into the container slowly but smoothly. Use a wick bar to keep your wick centered while cooling.

Step 5

Enjoy your candles! Watch them burn and enjoy the fragrance that you picked. Handmade candles also make great gifts. Your friends will enjoy receiving something that’s handmade and if the directions are followed properly you will have made candles that are a better quality than what you can buy in most stores!

I hope that you have had fun making your candles - I know I enjoy making candles more than just about anything! If you have any questions or need any supplies, feel free to contact me at any time! Keep in touch too! I would love to hear how your candles turned out. Happy candle making!


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