DIY Wood Wick Candles

During the winter months, I basically live for candles! I have an evening ritual that starts around 5 or 5:30 p.m. when the sun sets (ahhh!!!!!) where I go around my house and pull down the shades or curtains and turn on any twinkle lights while lighting candles.

It’s my way of dealing with the winter blues, and I’ve been making these DIY wood wick candles lately, so I thought I’d share.

I typically make soy wood wick candles using essential oils for the scent, so that’s what I’ll be sharing here. You can learn how to make soy candles with traditional wicks and we also have a tutorial for making your own beeswax candles.

What’s so special about wood wick candles?

I love the crackling sound! The wood wicks burn a little different from traditional wicks so they almost sound like a tiny fire; the crackle sound from wood logs burning. I already love the smell and the glow from candles, so adding this little extra sound just turns up the cozy factor for me.

Supplies you will need:

You can certainly buy candle containers, but before you do, I would recommend walking around your house and just seeing if you already have things that might work well.

Here is how I easily remove leftover candle wax so I can reuse candle containers. You can also thrift containers (including things like kitchen bowls or even mixing bowls) if you want an extra large candle!

How to make wood wick candles:

1. Measure out the wax beads by filling the container(s) you plan to use. The melted wax will take up less space than the wax beads, so keep this in mind.

If you fill the container all the way to the top, the melted wax will take up less space once poured, so this is typically how I measure.

2. Add the wood wicks to the containers. They should come with a metal base. Add a wick sticker or glue dot to the bottom of the metal base once the wood wick is inserted, then add to your empty container.

3. Melt the wax, then remove from the heat and add your essential oil.

For a smaller candle, I’ll add anywhere from 8-12 drops. But you can measure based on your smell, as some people want a super scented candle and some like their candles more subtle.

4. Pour the melted wax into the containers. If you have a candle with multiple wicks or a slightly uneven base (like a rounded bowl), you can use items like a wooden spoon to keep the wood wicks from leaning as the wax dries.

5. Once the wax is fully dry (it will become solid looking again, like the beads), trim the wood wicks before use.

I currently use these DIY wood wick candles all around my house. But they also would make a really fun gift for friends or family. Enjoy and stay cozy this season! xo. Emma

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DIY Wood Wick Candles

soy candles made with essential oils and wood wicks

Keyword candle making, soy candles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • soy wax beads
  • essentail oils
  • wood wicks with metal bases
  • wick stickers, glue dots, or hot glue

Instructions

  1. Measure out the wax beads by filling the container(s) you plan to use. The melted wax will take up less space than the wax beads, so keep this in mind. If you fill the container all the way to the top, the melted wax will take up less space once poured, so this is typically how I measure.

  2. Add the wood wicks to the containers. They should come with a metal base. Add a wick sticker or glue dot to the bottom of the metal base once the wood wick is inserted, then add to your empty container.

  3. Melt the wax, then remove from the heat and add your essential oils. For a smaller candle, I’ll add anywhere from 8-12 drops. But you can measure based on your smell, as some people want a super scented candle and some like their candles more subtle.

  4. Pour the melted wax into the containers. If you have a candle with multiple wicks or a slightly uneven base (like a rounded bowl), you can use items like a wooden spoon to keep the wood wicks from leaning as the wax dries.

  5. Once the wax is fully dry (it will become solid looking again, like the beads), trim the wood wicks before use.

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