How to make your own wicks for candles

Candle making is catching on. Here's how to make a wick. Dissolve 2 tbsp. table salt and 4 tbsp. borax in 1 1/2 c. warm water. Soak a 1-foot length of regular cotton kite string or twine in the solution for 15 minutes. Hang the string with a clothespin for five days to be sure it is completely dry.

Candle making is catching on. Here's how to make a wick.

Dissolve 2 tbsp. table salt and 4 tbsp. borax in 1 1/2 c. warm water.

Soak a 1-foot length of regular cotton kite string or twine in the solution for 15 minutes.

Hang the string with a clothespin for five days to be sure it is completely dry.

  • Candle making is catching on.
  • Hang the string with a clothespin for five days to be sure it is completely dry.

Use a paper clip to dip the string in melted wax three or four times, coating it completely. Hang it up to dry as before.

Store wicks rolled up in a newspaper.

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