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How to Make Wood Wicks for Candles

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.

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

  4. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Robin Neorr has been working as a full-time freelance writer since 2007. She has written for various websites including The Frisky. Before she started her writing career, she spent 10 years in media marketing. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in communications management from John Carroll University.

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