Candle-Making Tutorial

By on February 25, 2016


Do you have some terracotta pots sitting in your cupboard? Why not turn them into a candle!


You’ll need:

  • Metal Candlewick Holders 15mm (available at most craft stores/Spotlight)
  • Light Weight Candle Wick (available at most craft stores/Spotlight)
  • Soy Wax Refill Pack or a 8-10cm unused pillar candle (colour/scent of choice)
  • Double sided tape or hot glue gun
  • Disposable heat resistant/microwave safe round containers
  • Saucepan
  • Newspaper
  • Sharp Knife
  • Scissors
  • Disposable spoon
  • Lavender/Essential Oil (optional)
  • Decorative items e.g. petals, ribbon, glitter, beads etc


  1. Lay out newspaper to work on (if repourposing an unused candle: using a sharp knife, slowly shave away the wax from the sides of the pillar and break candle in half gently. Take shaved wax and place in round plastic container for later use) 
  2. Using Packaged wax (or shaved wax as of step #1) place in heat resistant plastic container, leave aside
  3. Boil saucepan of water (approx a litre should be enough)
  4. Whilst water boils, measure the wick against the height of your Chris’ terracotta dip pot, leaving an extra 2cm (approx)
  5. Cut wick to size including extra 2cm for trimming
  6. Thread through 1 metal wick holder (positioning holder at one end of wick) then use fingers to pinch the metal prongs inward so the wick sits securely at the base of the holder
  7. Using 1cm of double sided tape, stick the metal holder with attached wick in the center of your terracotta pot, wick should be stick straight upwards out of the pot
  8. Once water is boiled, place container into boiling water, stiring the wax as it melts with a disposable spoon/instrument
  9. Once melted (should be almost translucent) Carefully pour wax into your terracotta pot, keeping the wick upright and centered
  10. Add essential oils/garnishes of choice (I used lavender oil and petals from a bunch of flowers i’d had at home)
  11. Leave to dry for 3-4 hours on bench or 2-3 in refridgerator
  12. Once set, trim wick so it’s approximately 5mm longer than base of wax
  13. Add accents (ribbon etc) and burn safely!


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