How to Make Tealights

How to Make Tealight Candles

Written by
Cindy Novack
Published on
June 8, 2021 at 11:28:40 AM PDT June 8, 2021 at 11:28:40 AM PDTth, June 8, 2021 at 11:28:40 AM PDT

Basic Tealights are simple to make! Tealights are a great way for customers to sample your fragrances, give away free to promote your business and use up leftover wax so it's not wasted!


Tealight cups - metal or plastic

Pre-tabbed wicks (tealight size)

Container Wax

Liquid Candle Dye or Diamond Dyes (if desired)

Fragrance Oil

Melting Pot


Wax Melter or stove for double boiling

Suitable work area


Step 1

Prepare your work area and gather your materials. Plug in wax melter or prepare the bottom part of your double boiler with water and place on the stove.

Step 2

Begin melting wax (if double boiling clip thermometer to the side of melting pot to track temperature).

Step 3

When wax reaches 180 degrees F you are ready to add the color and scent. It’s better to start with small amounts of the dye because you can always add more to reach your desired color. Stir the wax with your thermometer 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 fragrance oil (generally 1 oz of fragrance oil per 1 lb. of wax). Stir the fragrance with your thermometer or spoon.

Step 4

Pour the wax into the tealight cups when 160 degrees. When the wax appears “cloudy” (within 1-5 minutes after pouring), place a pre-tabbed wick in the center of each mold. Chances are the bottom of the mold will feel tacky and be able to hold the wick in place.

Step 5

Keep adjusting the wick so that it is centered as the wax hardens.

Step 6

Allow the candle to cool fully before burning. If needed you can use a heat gun to smooth out the top.

Step 7

Enjoy your tealights! Also keep in mind you can just use any leftover wax when pouring candles to make tealights!

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