How to Make a Candle
Easy DIY Candles

In the past we have shared a tutorial for making homemade beeswax candles, but if you are interested in a different look, here is a simple tutorial for how to make a candle out of soy flakes. Soy wax is much less expensive than beeswax, so it gives you the option to make a lot of candles all at once. When you are finished, you can use your DIY candles in your home, or give them as wonderful hostess gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, bridal party favors or Mother’s Day gifts.

Tools & Materials

  • Crock Pot or Double Boiler
  • Scissors
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Pliers
  • Containers
  • Soy Container Wax Flakes
  • Cotton Wicks (size #1)
  • Wick Tabs
  • Wick Bar

Find links for some of these materials in Shop this Project below!

Candle Instructions and Tips

Watch our video below for a guide on how to make a candle in its most basic form. When picking out your containers, make sure they are glass or ceramic – anything but plastic, for obvious reasons! We found ours at West Elm. The ideal temperature for pouring wax is 135 degrees and we recommend not heating the wax above 185 degrees. If you want to do a bit of customizing, you can easily add some candle dye to make different colors or add essential oils to make them scented.

Connect With Us!

We would love to see the candles that you are making with this tutorial, so share your photos by emailing them to us or using #liagriffith in your posts! Leave your feedback in the comments below, or give us your project requests and suggestions for DIYs you would like to see next on the site. To join our international community of creatives, visit our membership page for options and info. We want you to join the maker’s movement with us, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! See you there ~ Lia & Team

DIY Soy Candles
Soy Flakes | Wicks | Wick Bar