Candle Making With Milk Carton


Making candles from a repurposed milk carton is a great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. By reusing the material instead of throwing it away, you are helping to reduce waste and prevent plastic from polluting our environment. Not only that, by making your own candles with a recycled milk carton, you can save lots of money compared to buying them pre-made. Additionally, candle-making is an enjoyable craft that allows you to get creative and be as inventive as you like with shapes and decorations!

Tools Needed

Tools needed for candle making with a milk carton include a heat gun or double boiler, wax such as beeswax, paraffin wax, soy wax or palm wax, wicks such as cotton or paper core wicks and wick tabs, thermometer, pouring pot or microwave-safe container, an overlap ruler to measure the length of the wick and scissor to trim it off. Other materials that are helpful to consider when making candles in a milk carton are fragrance oils to add scent to the candles, natural dyes like herbs and spices for adding color to the candles, and mold release which is used when creating shapely candles.


Step 1: Gather your materials. To make a candle from a milk carton, you will need a clean and empty milk carton, the wick of your choice, wax or soy wax flakes, an old pot or can for melting the wax, newspaper or checkerboard paper to protect your table while working on the project, gloves (optional) and/or a face shield (optional).

Step 2: Set up your workstation. If you do not have access to an outdoor space to complete this project, spread newspaper over a table and make sure that the area is well ventilated so that fumes from the melting wax do no cause any breathing problems.

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Step 3: Cut the Milk Carton. Cut off both ends of the milk carton and discard them. Peel off any labels on it and cut it into strips about 10 millimeters thick. It does not need to be perfect ” that’s part of its charm!

Step 4: Prepare the wick Place one end of wick through each side of the carton strip using a clothespin or tweezers. Secure with good quality masking tape at the bottom so it doesn’t move around during pouring.

Step 5: Melt Wax. Fill up your old pot partially with water and place it onto medium heat on stove top until it boils slowly ” careful not to let it boil too rapidly as this could cause spillage when you will pour in wax flakes later. Slowly add in your wax flakes/blocks into boiling water stirring gently after each addition until everything has melted completely. Be sure to use caution as hot wax is very dangerous if spilt onto skin or fabric!

Step 6: Pour Wax into cartons Using protective gloves & face shield if desired), carefully pour melted wax into prepared cartons so they are filled up almost flush against rim – taking care not to ignite any open flames in area doing so! Allow candles cool most of way before moving them somewhere else more suitable for their finished shape once hardened all through 🙂

Safety and Cleanup

Safety considerations for materials and tools used in candle making with a milk carton include:

– Wear safety goggles or eyewear to protect the eyes from hot wax.
– Use light heat sources such as a hot plate or old cooking pot, instead of open flames when melting wax.
– Always use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the melted wax and to prevent it from getting too hot.
– Ventilate the area well while working with candles, especially if using essential oils.
– Place newspaper or an old cloth on your work surface to avoid spills/stains and make cleanup easier.
– Keep wicks away from small children and pets as they can become entangled in them.
– Don’t leave lit candles unattended.
– Put out any lit candles before leaving the room or going to sleep.

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Q: How do I store my handmade candles?

A: When storing your handmade candles, it is important to keep them dry and away from direct sunlight. Keeping the image of a cool, dry place in mind, you should store them in a closed storage box or container. Storing them in Tupperware or other airtight containers will provide an additional layer of protection and keep out any dust, dirt or moisture that could affect their quality over time. If you’re making multiple candles at once, consider taking certain steps to separate the unlit ones from the lit. Additionally, make sure the candle wicks are trimmed to the correct length before lighting and always monitor burning homemade candles while they are lit!


Now that you’ve learned how to make candles with a milk carton, here are some tutorials to help you get started.

1. Making Recycled Milk Carton Candles from The Reused Life (

2. DIY Lotion Candle Tutorial from Happy Mothering (

3. DIY Milk Carton Candle from Hack Squatting (

We also encourage customers to reach out with any questions about our candle making process or for more specific tutorials tailored specifically for their project!

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