How to Make Wood Wicks for Candles

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Wood wick candles give you the crackle of an open fire in the convenience of a candle. They are wider then traditional braided rope wicks, so they melt the wax faster. This releases your candle's fragrance into the air faster than with traditional candles.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Hardwood planks (size of a Popsicle stick)
  • Metal wick holder from craft store
  • Paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Paper clip

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Separate the sticks that you are going to use. Lay them on a flat surface not touching each other and allow to sit overnight.

  2. 2

    Prime your wood wick by heating up wax in a double boiler. Place a paper clip on the end of your wooden wick. Holding onto the paper clip, dip the wick in the wax to coat it.

  3. 3

    Allow the wax to dry for 30 seconds, and insert it into a metal wick holder.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose hardwood sticks with a slow burning rate. The slowest burning hardwoods are olive, ash, English walnut, walnut and eucalyptus.
  • Only use wooden wick in a jar candle. The wick does not draw in the wax in the same manner a rope wick does. Rather, it creates a steady heat that will make the wax pool around the wick.
  • Purchase woodwick trimmers to trim the burnt end of your woodwick after each burning.
  • Wood wick candles have a higher flame than rope candles.

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