DIY Scented Candles: Your Guide to Homemade Crafts
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 9 min read


  1. Gather your materials
  2. Choose your scent
  3. Prepare the candle wax
  4. Add the fragrance oil
  5. Position the wick
  6. Pour the wax into the container
  7. Allow the candle to cool
  8. Trim the wick
  9. Light and enjoy your candle
  10. Safety tips for burning candles at home

If you're looking for a fun, relaxing hobby or a personalized gift idea, why not try making your own diy scented candles? Not only will you fill your home with delightful aromas, but you'll also gain the satisfaction of creating something with your own two hands. This guide will walk you through the entire process, from gathering materials to lighting your finished candle. So, let's get started—your homemade crafts journey begins here.

Gather your materials

Before you can dive into the world of diy scented candles, you'll need to gather a few materials. Don't worry, most of these items are probably already in your kitchen or can be easily found in your local craft store. Here's what you'll need:

  • Wax: Wax is the core of your candle. You can use different types of wax, such as soy wax, beeswax, or paraffin wax. Each type offers a unique burn time and aesthetic, so choose according to your preference.
  • Candle wick: The wick is what you'll light to enjoy your candle. Opt for pre-waxed wicks, as they're easier to work with for beginners.
  • Fragrance oil: This is where the "scented" in diy scented candles comes in. The fragrance oil you choose will determine the aroma of your candle. There are countless scents available, from lavender to cinnamon spice, so you can really get creative here!
  • Candle container: This could be a tin, jar, or any other heat-resistant container. Be sure it's something you won't mind displaying in your home, as it will become part of the candle's visual appeal.
  • Thermometer: A candle or candy thermometer will help ensure your wax is at the right temperature when you add your fragrance oil.
  • Double boiler: This is used to melt your wax. If you don't have one, you can make your own by placing a smaller pot inside a larger pot filled with water.

With your materials at the ready, you're well on your way to making your very own diy scented candles. Stay tuned for the next steps where we'll start the candle-making process!

Choose your scent

Now that you've gathered your materials, it's time to choose the scent of your diy scented candles. This is where the fun really begins—you get to decide the atmosphere you want to create in your home. Do you want something calming and relaxing, like lavender or chamomile? Or maybe you prefer something a bit more invigorating, like citrus or mint?

When choosing your fragrance oil, consider the season and your personal preferences. For example, if it's the middle of winter, you might want to go for a cozy scent like cinnamon or vanilla. Or if it's summertime, maybe a fresh scent like coconut or sea breeze would be more suitable. The choice is entirely up to you!

Remember, the strength of your scent will depend on how much fragrance oil you use. Typically, for a strong scent, you'll want to use about 1 ounce of fragrance oil per pound of wax. But if you prefer a more subtle aroma, you can use less.

Choosing the scent is one of the most enjoyable parts of making diy scented candles. So take your time, experiment with different combinations, and most importantly—have fun!

Prepare the candle wax

With your fragrance selected, it's time to shift our focus to the wax. The type of wax you pick can impact the quality of your diy scented candles. Two common options are paraffin wax and soy wax. Paraffin wax is easy to work with and holds scent well, making it a popular choice for beginners. Soy wax, on the other hand, is eco-friendly and burns longer, but it can be a bit trickier to work with.

Now, you'll need to melt the wax. Safety first—you'll want to use a double boiler for this process. If you don't have a double boiler, don't worry. You can make one at home by placing a smaller pot inside a larger pot filled with water. Put your wax in the smaller pot and heat the water in the larger pot to a simmer. As the water warms up, the wax will begin to melt. Keep stirring the wax until it's completely liquid.

Keep an eye on the temperature as you melt the wax. Ideally, you want your wax to be between 160 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a simple kitchen thermometer to monitor this. If the wax gets too hot, it could catch fire, so never leave your melting wax unattended.

Once your wax is melted, you're ready to add your chosen fragrance oil. But that's a step we'll cover in detail next. Stay tuned!

Add the fragrance oil

Now that your wax is all melted and ready, it's time to infuse it with your chosen scent. Creating your DIY scented candles is about to get really exciting! This is where your candle starts to come to life.

When adding your fragrance oil, you'll want to make sure the wax is at the right temperature. If your wax is too hot, the fragrance oil might evaporate. On the other hand, if the wax is too cool, the oil might not mix well. Aim for a wax temperature around 180 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal results.

So, how much fragrance oil should you add? A good rule of thumb is to add 1 ounce of fragrance oil per 1 pound of wax. This should give your candles a strong scent that's not overpowering. If you're using a very strong fragrance oil, you might want to add a bit less.

Once you've added your fragrance oil, stir gently for a couple of minutes to make sure it's well mixed with the wax. Your DIY scented candles are starting to take shape—exciting, isn't it?

With the scent added, the next step is to get the wick in place. Sounds simple, but there's a bit of an art to it. Let's dive into that next.

Position the wick

Alright, it's time to set the stage for your DIY scented candles—literally. We're going to position the wick in the container. The wick is what will carry your creative masterpiece from a lovely smelling piece of wax to a fully functioning candle. So, how do we do it?

First, you'll need to secure the wick at the bottom of your candle container. You can do this using a wick sticker or some melted wax. Make sure it's centered. This step is important because if your wick is off-center, your candle might not burn evenly.

Once your wick is in place, you'll want to keep it straight and centered while the wax is being poured and while it cools. You can use a wick holder, a clothespin, or even a pencil to do this. Just rest the wick against whatever tool you're using and secure it in place.

Remember, the wick is the heart of your DIY scented candles. Without a well-positioned wick, your candle might not burn properly. So take your time with this step and make sure it's done right.

After securing the wick, it's finally time for the most satisfying part—pouring the wax into the container. Let's move on to that, shall we?

Pour the wax into the container

Now that your wick is secure and ready to serve its purpose, it's time to pour your wax mixture into your chosen container. This is where it all starts to come together. This is where your DIY scented candles start to take shape. Ready? Let's do it.

First, make sure your container is clean and dry. Any dirt or moisture could affect how the candle burns, so let's not take any chances.

Next, slowly pour your melted wax mixture into the container. You want to do this slowly to avoid any bubbles forming in the wax. Bubbles might make your candles look interesting, but they can also cause uneven burning. So, slow and steady wins the race here.

Fill the container leaving about half an inch from the top. This gives your candle room to breathe and also makes it safer to burn.

Once you've poured the wax, don't move the container. We want it to stay still while it's cooling so that the wax can solidify evenly. So just set it aside somewhere safe and let it do its thing.

Well done! You're almost at the finish line of making your own DIY scented candles. Just a few more steps to go, and you'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Allow the candle to cool

So, you've poured your wax and your DIY scented candles are starting to take shape. But hold your horses! We're not quite ready to strike a match just yet. The wax needs time to cool and solidify properly. This is a key step in the process, so patience is the name of the game here.

Allow your candle to cool at room temperature. This might take a few hours or possibly even overnight. You'll know your candle is ready when the wax is completely hard and has a slightly frosty appearance. If you're tempted to speed up the process by putting your candle in the fridge, resist the urge. Quick cooling can cause cracks in the wax and no one wants a cracked candle.

While you're waiting for your candle to cool, take a moment to clean up your workspace. Crafting can be messy business and melted wax is no exception. Plus, cleaning up now means you'll be ready to make even more DIY scented candles in no time. And let's face it, once you see the end result, you're going to want to make more!

Remember, good things come to those who wait. Once your candles are fully cooled, you're in for a real treat. The sweet scent of success is just around the corner. Stay tuned!

Trim the wick

Now that your DIY scented candles are cool and hard, we're almost at the finish line. There's just one more thing to do before you can bask in the warm, fragrant glow of your homemade candles — trim the wick.

Why is this important, you ask? Well, a long wick can cause the flame to become too large and produce excess smoke. That's not the cozy vibe we're aiming for. Instead, you want a flame that's just the right size to gently warm the wax and release its wonderful scent.

So, grab a pair of sharp scissors or a wick trimmer if you have one. Your goal is to trim the wick to about a quarter of an inch long. That's about the length of a pencil's graphite tip, in case you need a handy reference. Be careful not to trim too short, though. If the wick is too short, it may drown in the melted wax once you light the candle.

And there you have it! Your DIY scented candles are now ready to light up your life. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility. So, let's talk about how to safely enjoy your homemade candles.

Light and enjoy your candle

Finally, the moment you've been waiting for. It's time to light your DIY scented candle and enjoy the fruits of your labor. But before you strike that match or flick that lighter, let's go through some steps to ensure you can fully savor your candle's scent and light.

First, find a safe and stable place to set your candle. A flat surface, away from flammable materials such as curtains or papers, is ideal. You want your candle to be the star of the show, not a fire hazard.

Next, using a match or lighter, carefully light the trimmed wick of your candle. Make sure to keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.

As the candle burns, the wax will melt and the delightful fragrance you chose will begin to fill the room. Isn't it amazing how something as simple as a homemade candle can transform your space? With the soft glow and soothing scent, your DIY scented candle will surely create a comforting atmosphere.

But remember, always keep an eye on a lit candle. It's not just a decoration, it's an open flame and needs to be treated with respect. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the calm and cozy ambiance you've created with your DIY scented candle.

Safety tips for burning candles at home

Now that you're ready to enjoy your DIY scented candles, it's important to remember a few safety tips. After all, we want the only things catching fire in your home to be your passion for crafting and the delightful scents of your homemade candles!

First and foremost, never leave a burning candle unattended. It's easy to get caught up in a good book or movie and forget about the candle. But remember, safety first! Always extinguish the candle if you're leaving the room or going to sleep.

Second, keep your DIY scented candles out of reach from children and pets. Curious hands or wagging tails can accidentally knock over a candle, leading to possible accidents.

Third, maintain a safe distance between your candles and other objects. Anything that can burn should be at least a foot away from the candle. This includes books, curtains, and even other candles.

Lastly, always burn your candles in a well-ventilated room but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help the candle burn more evenly and prevent soot from forming on the glass.

By following these safety tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable DIY scented candle experience. Happy crafting and safe burning!

If you enjoyed learning about DIY scented candles and are looking for more creative craft ideas, don't hesitate to explore Daisie's classes. You'll find a wide range of workshops and tutorials to help you unleash your creativity and discover new skills. Happy crafting!