How Can I Make and Sell Candles?

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How Can I Make and Sell Candles?
Jar candles are a best seller at craft fairs and flea markets. (jar and candles image by Katerina Zvereva from

Candles are always a popular item to sell. People love the fragrance and warm glow of the candle light. Fortunately they are also an easy and fun item to make at home. With a little knowledge, the right supplies and some time, you can create a supply of candles to sell and some to keep for yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pre-blended wax
  • Jars
  • Jar wicks with metal tabs on bottom
  • Pencil
  • Candy thermometer
  • Hair blow dryer
  • Fragrance oil
  • Candle dye
  • Metal pouring pot
  • Metal pan
  • Skewer or ice pick
  • Scissors
  • Business cards
  • Flyers
  • Labels
  • Ribbon
  • Customer list

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    Break up wax blocks into three-inch square chunks. Use pre-blended wax so it won't be necessary to use additives. The tip of a screwdriver or knife works well for this purpose.

  2. 2

    Place wax chunks into a stainless-steel pouring pot. Fill the pot about three-quarters full.

  3. 3

    Select a metal pan that is large enough to accommodate your pouring pot. This will become the bottom of a double boiler that will supply indirect heat to your melting pot, preventing scorching of the wax. Fill pan with about three inches of water. Heat the water to a boil on the hob.

  4. 4

    Set pot down into water of the double boiler. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow wax to heat until melted. Clip thermometer onto side of pot with tip down into the wax. Temperature needs to reach 76.6 to 79.4 degrees C.

  5. 5

    Add one-half ounce candle fragrance oil and stir with a long-handle metal or wooden spoon. Add several drops of candle dye or one or two chips of candle dye. Stir thoroughly, being careful not to create bubbles.

  6. 6

    Wrap top of metal tabbed wick around a pencil several times. Rest pencil across lip of jar with wick dangling into jar and metal tab at the end of wick resting on bottom of jar. Repeat this for as many jars as you want to fill.

  7. 7

    Heat jar slightly using hair blow dryer set at low temperature. This prevents wax from breaking the jar or clouding the glass which happens when hot wax comes into contact with cool glass.

  8. 8

    Pour melted wax slowly into heated jars until wax reaches about one inch from the top. Return remainder of wax to double boiler and keep warm.

  9. 9

    Pour melted wax slowly into heated jars until wax reaches about one inch from the top. Adjust wick so it is centred. Return remainder of wax to double boiler to keep warm.

  10. 10

    Cool for several hours until wax is set-up but not completely hard. The wax sinks while cooling, leaving a concave impression around the wick. Wicks usually move during the cooling process. Re-adjust the wick to the centre.

  11. 11

    Poke holes into the wax around the wick using an ice pick or skewer. The holes should reach to just before the bottom of the jar. This releases air pockets in the wax. Cool until the wax is completely hardened.

  12. 12

    Pour wax into hole created as wax cooled. Pull wick into centre if it has moved.

  13. 13

    Unwind pencil from wick and trim wick to about one-quarter inch long. Label jar with scent and burn instructions. Decorate with ribbon around jar.

  14. 14

    Print up business cards and flyers on your computer or order them from an office supply store. Take candles to craft fairs, flea markets or let your friends know they are for sale.

  15. 15

    Figure pricing by adding up the cost of your supplies and ingredients, then multiply that amount by two or three to determine the asking price. Offer discounts on purchases of multiple candles and encourage customers to sign a list with their name, address and e-mail to be contacted when you make more candles.

Tips and warnings

  • Never leave melting wax unattended.
  • Try to use an electric stove for heating the wax. If the wax accidentally gets too hot, it can reach a flashpoint and is more likely to be ignited by the flame of a gas stove.
  • Never heat wax directly on the stove without a double boiler.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

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