Candle Making In Water

Candle Making In Water

Creating your own candles in water can be a fun and therapeutic experience and can make for an interesting home-based business. Whether you’re just getting started with candle-making or are a seasoned artisan, this article will provide an easy-to-follow guide on making candles in water.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Choose Your Wax: Your choice of wax will determine the wax’s melting point, hardness, and burning time. Common waxes used for candle making are beeswax, paraffin, and soy wax. Each wax has pros and cons and you may want to experiment with different types to find out which one suits your needs best.
  2. Choose Your Water Vessel: Choose a watertight vessel with a wide mouth to make it easier to add and remove items. You can use a bowl, bucket, or jar depending on the size of the candle you need to make.
  3. Fill Your Water Vessel: Fill your water vessel with enough water to submerge the wax. Make sure your vessel is far away from any sources of heat.
  4. Melt The Wax: Place your wax pellets or chunks into a separate container and place it into your water vessel. Heat the water until the wax starts to melt, stirring often to ensure the wax completely melts.
  5. Dip Your Wicks: Your wicks should already be tied to a weight or stick to keep them submerged. Carefully dip your wicks into the melted wax and let them sit for a few minutes. Then carefully remove them and place the wicks onto a surface to cool and harden.
  6. Fill Your Containers: Carefully pour the melted wax into your chosen containers. Make sure the wicks are centered and make sure that the wax is not too hot as this may cause the container to warp.
  7. Allow Your Candles To Harden: Allow your candles to cool and harden completely before lighting them. This may take several hours.
  8. Decorate Your Candles: Once your candles have hardened, you can decorate them with paint, glitter, shells, ribbons, or any other materials that your creativity desires!

Pros and Cons of Making Candles In Water


  • Easy to do with very few supplies.
  • Relatively safe as long as the water container is kept away from potential sources of fire or ignition.
  • Requires no special equipment and no intimidating steps.
  • Cheaper and quicker than melting wax in a designated double boiler or pot.


  • Slightly more time consuming as more stirring is required.
  • The water bath method generally requires more wax to achieve the desired melting temperature.
  • The possibility of the water evaporating and leaving your wax too hot, leading to a fire.
  • Potential for your candle container to warp from heated containers.


Making candles in water is an easy and cost-effective way to enjoy the craft of candle making. With a few supplies and some patience, you can create professional, beautiful candles that you can use in your home or give as gifts. With some creative decorating you can create a unique look that your friends and family will love. Just make sure to take the necessary safety precautions such as keeping your water vessel away from sources of heat and monitoring the wax temperature regularly.

Happy candle making!

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