Do-It-Yourself Wood Wick Candles

Updated April 17, 2017

A wood wick burns the candle wax in such a manner that makes the candle crackle like a fire burning in a fireplace. Wood wicks are wider than standard braided rope wicks and melt candle wax faster than rope wicks. Since the wax melts faster, the wood wick facilitates the fragrance to release into the air faster as well. Paraffin and soy wax work best with wood wicks, and you can use any scent available at a craft store or candle supply shop.

Warm the glass container in which you are going to make your candle so it does not break when you pour the hot wax in it. Set your oven to 65.6 degrees Celsius. Put the clean, dry glass container on a baking tray and stick it in the oven for no more than five minutes.

Prepare the wood wick. Put the adhesive dot at the wick tab's underside and stick the tab inside the warmed glass container, making sure it adheres to the centre of the container.

Boil some water in the bottom pan of your double boiler.

Put the soy or paraffin wax in the top boiler pan and place it over the pan with the boiling water. Let the wax melt.

Remove the wax from the heat once it's melted. Stir the candle fragrance oil into the melted wax, making sure you have one ounce of fragrance oil for every pound of wax. Let the wax cool off a little before pouring, but do not let it solidify.

Pour the wax carefully into the glass container. Set it aside for one week, so the wax solidifies. Trim the wick down to 1/4 inch before burning.


Use oven gloves when removing the glass container from the oven and handling the melted wax.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass container
  • Baking tray
  • Wood wick
  • Wick adhesive dot
  • Double boiler pan
  • Water
  • Soy or paraffin candle wax
  • Candle fragrance oil
  • Scissors
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Vivian Gomez contributes to Retailing Today, the Daily Puppy, Paw Nation and other websites. She's covered the New York Comic Con for NonProductive since 2009 and writes about everything from responsible pet ownership to comic books to the manner in which smart phones are changing the way people shop. Gomez received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Pace University.