Is It Cheaper To Make Your Own Candles? [Tips & Suggestions]

Making your own candles is a project that looks like it would be a fun DIY project to take on. For some people, it may be, but if you’re trying to make them as a cheaper alternative to the candles for sale at the store, then making your own may not be the way to go. 

Generally speaking, making candles at home can be expensive. However, you can avoid this expense by making a large number of candles at one time. Doing so will reduce the amount of money you spend making your own candles. 

Candle-making kits are sold online, and they do make the buying process easier because all of the ingredients are there in one kit. The kits are usually a little pricey, but if you want to go this route, you can make around six candles for under $30. 

If you don’t want to buy the candle-making kit, you can choose your own equipment and supplies online or visit an apothecary to get supplies. Making candles can be a timely project, but one that can definitely save you money in the long run.

Estimated Prices For Making Your Own Candles

1.Waxes

The first thing you will need to make your candles is wax. Good wax for beginners is soy wax flakes. These waxes are the easiest to work with and create quality candles. The price of the wax is going to depend on how much you buy and the brand you buy. 

A popular brand on Amazon called Freedom Soy Wax sells a 10-pound bag of wax beads for $32.95. This is the most expensive item on the list, but if you average the amount of wax and amount of candles out, it costs $1.64 per candle.

This is cheaper than buying candles in the store. Keep in mind that the size of candle you are making will determine how many candles you get out of your 10 pounds of wax as well. Waxes

2. Wicks

Normal cotton wicks can be purchased for your candle-making adventure. If you purchase them in larger amounts, it will be cheaper for you, and you will have extra that you can store for later uses. 

Amazon sells wicks in different amounts. To get the best prices, it is best to buy in bulk, then you can save the ones you don’t use for later. Amazon has a 150 piece set for $6.95. This set comes with wicks of different sizes so you can make different-sized candles. 

3. Dyes

If you decide you don’t like the normal color of the wax that you purchase, you can add dye to your list of items that you will need to make your candles. You can buy dyes off of Amazon for $14.99. 

The higher quality dye can be more expensive, but of course, you get what you pay for. If you want bright, vibrant colors, don’t choose a cheaper dye. 

4. Fragrances

If you want your candle to smell nice, then you will want to add fragrances to your candle. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to fragrances. Essential oils are a common add-in for candles.

You will need one ounce of fragrance per one pound of wax. This means your bottle of fragrance should last you a little while. You can buy a six-count pack of fragrances for candles on Amazon for $16.95. Fragrances

5. Containers

If you want to sell your candles, don’t skip out on the containers. Most people want their candles to be in a nice container. Clear or colored glass is the best type of material for your candles.

 You can purchase different size containers on Amazon and other platforms. A dozen Mason Jars on Amazon will cost less than $25.

If you divide the price, that’s around $2 per jar. There are many uses for Mason Jars, so if you don’t use all of them, you can always use them for other DIY projects as well. 

Coffee mugs, tin buckets, and anything that can hold hot wax and isn’t flammable can be a holder for your candles. Looking through the options online will give you more of an idea of what you want your candle to look like. You can then decide to order your containers and get to work!  Candle

6. Tools And Accessories

Some people choose to buy a candle-making kit. You can buy a candle-making kit for less than $50 on Amazon. The DIY Candle Making Starter Kit for Adults by DilaBee comes with everything you need to make four candles. Once you run out of supplies, you can purchase more online or in local stores. 

The kit comes with four blocks, of dye, four fragrances, four 8 ounce soy wax bags, a melting pot, a thermometer, two round candle tins, two square candle tins with lids, four cotton wicks, four glue dots, four warning labels, four stirring sticks, four bow tie clips, and instructions. There are 4,374 ratings on Amazon for this product, and it has a 4.5-star review and it’s on sale right now for $29.99. 

Even though the price for a candle-making kit is $29.99, you have enough supplies to make four candles and you will be getting the melting pot, which you can reuse. You really can’t buy four nice candles for under $30 at a store, so this is the cheapest way to actually make your own candles at home. 

For those of you who don’t want to buy a candle-making kit, there are definitely other ways for you to make your own candles at home and still do it cheaply. You will need a large saucepan, a spatula, kabobs/skewers, a double boiler, and string in order to make the candles. 

A double boiler can be made by filling up a larger pot ¼ of the way full of water. Then place a smaller pot inside of that pot. Then place both pots on the stove.

The second pot should not be sitting directly on the bottom of the larger pot that is on the burner. If you do this, you will scorch your wax. 

The point of a double boiler is to keep the bottom of your wax from getting too hot. The smaller pot with the wax should be placed at an angle inside the larger pot, or placed inside the pot above the water, or lightly touching the water. As the water in the larger pot is heated, it will cause heat to rise and warm the wax in the smaller pot. 

7. Labor And Time

When making any DIY project, you have to look into the amount of time it will take you to make the item and if it really is worth the effort. Making candles is time-consuming, but if you really want to make candles and save some money, then you won’t mind doing a little bit of hard work. 

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8. Choose Your Wax

There are several brands of wax to choose from, but soy wax is a good wax for beginners. You can also use old candles that are halfway burned. You melt that wax like you would melt new wax. 

9. Protect Your Area

Melting wax is messy. Put down wax paper or some type of protection over your countertops to protect them from spills.

If you do spill wax, have some warm soapy water nearby. Use a paper towel to clean up the spill quickly or you will have to scrape the wax off when it dries. 

10. Cut Or Shred Wax 

Cut or shred the wax into small pieces or shavings. Empty these shavings into the top pot on your double broiler. 

Keep in mind that once you use this pot for melting wax, you shouldn’t cook in it again. You can buy a cheap pot or pan from any store to use, or you can pick up a used one at a discount store. 

11. Melt Wax

As the water in the bottom pot begins to heat up, the wax will start to melt. There are temperatures that are specific for each type of wax below. 

Type of WaxTemperature(Fahrenheit)
Parrafin Wax122-140 degrees
Soy Wax170-180 degrees 
Beeswax145-175 degrees
The wax from old candles 185 degrees (remove old wicks with tongs) 

12. Add Scent

Read the directions on the bottle regarding the amount of fragrance to use. Every brand is different, and you will have to figure out which one you like best. Stir the wax and fragrance together. 

13. Add Coloring

Using regular food coloring won’t work for candles because they are water-based. You have to be sure to buy oil-based dyes. Stir the wax and dye together. 

Don’t assume that you won’t like the color based on what you see while the wax is hot. Some colors change as they dry. 

14. Add Wick To Candle Container

Put your wick into the mason jar to where one end is touching the bottom of the jar and the other end is hanging out. Leave two inches hanging above the rim of your container, then cut the wick. Twist the end of the wick that is outside the jar to a skewer (or any similar object) and place the skewer across the rim of your container.

15. Pour Melted Wax Into Candle Container

At this point, you just have to pour the melted wax into your container and let it cool for 24 hours. Don’t overfill your container.

Beeswax will shrink as it cools, so beeswax was your choice of waxes, you will need to take that into account when measuring the amount you put in your jar. Most candles need to sit and cool for at least 24 hours before they are used. Melted Wax

Final Considerations

Making your own candles is only cheaper when you make more than one candle at a time. Supplies can be expensive, but when you break down the price, most candles can be made for far less money than it would cost to buy one at the store. 

Buying supplies can be made easy by purchasing a candle-making kit online. If you would rather pick out your own colors and fragrances, you can do this at an apothecary or online. 

Bulkapothecary.com offers many choices for candle makers to choose from, and orders over $250 get a 15% discount. Candlescience.com also offers wholesale candle-making supplies. 

Even though it is cheaper to make your own candles, it does take a lot of time. Preparation and cleanup should also be added into that time. If you have a few extra hours of spare time, and you think you would enjoy candle making, then this may be the hobby for you! 

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