DIY handmade soy candles

Handmade candles add a unique flavor to your home and it feels great knowing you made them. Plus, you can control the wonderful smells and the vibrant colors.

Why use soy?? Unlike paraffin candles, soy does not give out soot and they last longer than candles from paraffin or animal products like beeswax. You can design custom made candles to give as gifts based on the receiver’s likes or create that special blend for yourself.


  • Soy wax flakes (available at any craft store)
  • Essential oils – I used Vanilla and Citrus
  • Optional: Colorants (colored wax cubes work better than liquid colorant)
  •  Mason jar with wick attached (I bought mine at Michaels; Mason Jar with Wick)
  • A wooden stick for stirring (I used an old paintbrush)
  • A glass measuring jar (to melt the soap) and a microwave
  • A pencil


  1. Melt the wax flakes in the jar in 1 min intervals. Once melted, stir gently with a stick.untitled
  2. Add 6-8 drops of the oils and stir. An optional step is to add the colorant wax (1 cube should give vibrant colors).
  3. Holding the wick as straight as you can and centering it, pour in the liquid carefully.
  4. Use the pencil to wind the wick around, ensuring it stays straight until the candle hardens (I used an old straw I had laying around).
  5. Let the candle harden overnight or for 8-10 hrs.                                                                    C35F7D8E-EA8B-4731-A660-C3A976EAAA29
  6. Remove the pencil and cut the wick if it is too long.
  7. Wrap a piece of twine or lace around the outside, attach a tag and gift to your loved ones or keep for yourself.

Optional: You can reuse old mason jars or chipped teacups as candle bases (attach a wick manually; these are available at any craft stores.)

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