Cost Of Making Your Own Candles

The Cost of Making Your Own Candles

Candle making can be a fun and rewarding craft. There are a variety of candle styles, shapes, scents, and colors from which to choose. From the simplest votive or taper candles up to complex layered or scented creations, the possibilities are endless. While the fun of learning and experimenting can be motivating, so too is the cost savings that come along with making your own candles.


When it comes to making your own candles, the majority of the cost will be in the materials you need. This includes:

  • Candle wax: This is usually the biggest cost in making your own candles. There are numerous types of waxes with varying properties, melting points, and prices. Some types of wax are and easier to work with than others, but the cost for each type of wax will vary. You may also choose to mix different waxes together to get different properties. Recommended types of candle wax and their costs include:

    • Beeswax: $25 – $40/lb
    • Paraffin wax: $8 – $25/lb
    • Soy wax: $17 – $25/lb
    • Palm wax: $18 – $23/lb

  • Wicks: Wicks come in a variety of sizes and styles, and will be labeled with the size of the candle they best suit. A large number of wicks can be purchased for a relatively low cost, usually around $1 – $3/pack.
  • Glassware or molds: Candle molds come in all shapes and sizes, and could cost anywhere from a few dollars for a single or reusable mold to over $500 for a multiple-cavity system. Typically, you can expect to pay $20 – $50/mold depending on the style and complexity.
  • Fragrances and Colors: Most candle fragrances and colors do not have a significant cost. Depending on the type of fragrance or dye used, they will usually be in the range of $2 – $10 each.

Tools and Equipment

There are a few different types of equipment you may need to make your own candles, and prices can vary widely. Here is a list of the essential tools and equipment for candle-making, as well as their general cost ranges:

  • Melting pot: $15 – $60
  • Double boiler: $30 – $90
  • Candle thermometer: $10 – $20
  • Heat gun or embossing gun: $15 – $60
  • Skewers or chopsticks: $1 – $5
  • Measuring spoons and cups: $2 – $15
  • Wax spatula or mixing spoon: $3 – $10
  • Glue gun or hot glue: $9 – $30

Optional Accessories

While the materials and tools listed above are essential to making your own candles, there are a few optional accessories that may be useful when creating certain types of candles. These items will usually cost more than the materials and tools listed above, but may be worth considering depending on the type of candles you are looking to make.

  • Glitter or mica powder: $3 – $10/pack
  • Candle labels or tags: $4 – $10/set
  • Sticks or pegs: $4 – $30/pack

  • Reusable molds: $10 – $50/mold
  • Mosture-absorbing fibers: $4 – $8/pack


Making your own candles can be a fun and rewarding craft. There is a wide range of materials, tools, and accessories to choose from, and the cost of making your own candles can vary greatly depending on the type and complexity of candle you choose to make. Once the initial supplies are purchased, however, the cost savings of making your own candles can be quite substantial.

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