Candle making for beginners

Candle making for beginners tutorial

Candle making is a huge trend at the moment. Not only is it a relaxing part-time hobby, but it also produces beautiful results – Rachelle Blondel is going to show you how easy candle making is so you can stop buying and start making!

Follow Rachelle’s candle making for beginners tutorial below and create your own personalised candles.


  • Glass jar
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Beeswax
  • Candle wick
  • Tin can
  • Small saucepan
  • Masking tape
  • Wooden skewer
  • Essential oils
  • Dried petals, fruits or spices

Candle making instructions


Using your tin can, weigh out roughly the same amount of shortening in grams as your glass jar holds in ml. Work out 10% of the quantity and add this amount in beeswax to the can, e.g. a 200ml jar needs 200g shortening and 20g beeswax.


Place the tin in a pan of hot water and simmer on a low heat until the shortening and beeswax have completely melted. Stir well with a wooden skewer, making sure no water gets into the tin.

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To prepare your jam jar, glue the wick to the base of jar, then stick a strip of tape across the top. Thread the wick through to keep it centred and upright.


Once the wax has melted, remove from the heat and stir in your chosen fragrance blend – use roughly 30-50 drops.


Carefully pour the wax into the jam jar and leave for 5-10 minutes. Candle making is completely personal, so if you’d rather leave your candles plain, simply pop them aside and leave them to harden. If you’re opting for a selection of dried petals, fruits, spices or berries instead, add them as the wax begins to harden, then push them down into the wax using a wooden skewer.

Leave to set in a cool place, then remove the tape and cut the wick back to 1cm (¾”). When you first light your candle, wait for the whole of the surface to melt before extinguishing it to ensure it burns evenly each time.

You’re now a candle maker! We hope you’ll use Rachelle’s candle making tutorial to create scented candles for yourself and your friends and family. Tag us in pictures of your candle making journey using #molliemakers on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. And for more crafty projects subscribe to Mollie Makes.