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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


  • candle making melting pot
  • candle containers


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


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