Do you love the look and calming feeling you get from candles? Have you ever wanted to make your own little candles? Well now you can. To learn more, read on...

Steps Edit

  1. Cut candle wick so it is an inch or two longer than the can. Tie it securely to the middle of a pencil, and put to the side.
  2. Heat wax (either colored or plain, you can get it at most craft stores) over a stove until liquid, but do not boil or heat it too hot! Turn off stove.
  3. Put the pencil over the can, so that the tip of the pencil is on one side, and the eraser at the other, perfectly balanced, with the candle wick dangling into the middle of the empty cardboard can with a metal base.
  4. Carefully pour the wax into the can until it reaches desired height (Do not pour so the wax is equal with the top of the can. The wick should still be in the can, so that it is buried in the wax.
  5. Set aside in a place it wont be disturbed to dry.
  6. Once it dries, cut the wick off of the pencil. There should still be wick protruding from the top of the candle.
  7. Peel the cardboard from the can away from the candle. You may or may not leave the metal base; that is your decision.
  8. Find a clear area and try lighting the candle. If the wick is too long, it could start a fire. If too short, the candle would burn. Have it just right, and exercise caution. Keep a bucket of water nearby incase a step was skipped or misdone.
  9. When you are done test-lighting your candle, decorate it. Paint the outside with wet, colored wax. You can paint it with stripes, your name, sketches... Whatever you like.

Warnings Edit

  • Make sure you use a candle wick! Any other object (such as string) will burn too quickly, and may start a fire.
  • If you misdo any of the above steps in the slightest way, it may start a fire. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby on your first lighting of your new candle, just in case.
  • Never throw water on hot burning wax. The wax will react like burning oil/grease and erupt into a deadly fireball.

Things You'll Need Edit

  • Colored Wax
  • Candle Wick
  • Pencil
  • An Empty Cardboard Can With A Metal Base
  • Fire extinguisher (optional)
  • Match or Lighter

Related wikiHows Edit

The Secrets to Successful Candle Making

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