Glass Candle Making Instructions

Glass candle making instructions can provide a great way to make your own unique, customized candles at home. Making glass candles yourself gives you the freedom to choose the scent, color and size of the candles you want to make. This makes it convenient and cost-effective to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces without having to buy them from a store.

A huge variety of mold options are also available, so you can be as creative as you’d like in your creation process. In addition, glass candles tend to last longer than wax versions due to better heat insulation properties that help slow down burning time.

The basic steps for the process include gathering all the necessary materials (glass jars, wicks, wax etc), melting the wax until it is liquid enough for use and pouring into glass jars. Once this is done, let it cool until it has hardened sufficiently before adding scents and colors of your choosing if desired. The final step is securing wicks in place within each glass jar before displaying them or gifting them away.

Safety should always be kept in mind when making glass candles at home. Always use gloves when handling hot wax as it can easily burn the skin upon contact with it.



Careful attention must also be taken when measuring out appropriate amounts of necessary ingredients for each mix so as not to have too much or too little of any particular ingredient. In addition, caution must always be taken when using gas-powered stoves or open flame devices and objects used near hot wax must also protected from direct heat sources at all times when possible.

What You’ll Need

Making glass candles is an excellent project for anyone looking to have some creative fun and also make something useful. It’s a craft that anyone can learn how to do and once the basics are in place, the possibilities are limitless. To get started, you will need some supplies and materials.

  • Glass Container: You’ll need a good quality, heat-resistant container. Clear glass jars with lids work well and always look nice.
  • Candle Wax: Paraffin or soy wax are both great choices. Both are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, although soy wax may be more cost effective if ordering in bulk.
  • Wick: Making sure it’s the correct size for your container is important as this will determine how well your candle burns. A wick spacer will help keep the wick centered while burning.
  • Fragrance Oil: This is optional but recommended as it adds a wonderful scent when burning. Be sure to purchase high-quality fragrance oil that is designed specifically for making candles.

Other items you may need include essential oils, dyes, double boiler pot, glass thermometer, molds (if needed), protective gloves and safety goggles.

Glass Container Choosing a good quality heat-resistant glass container is important when making candles as this helps prevent them from cracking or breaking during the melting process. You can find many different styles such as casseroles dishes, vases, bowls etc., at craft stores or online retailers like Amazon. Pick one with enough height to fit your desired candle shape.

Candle Wax Paraffin wax yields good results but soy wax is becoming increasingly popular among candle makers because of its clean burn qualities; plus it has a longer burn time than paraffin wax.

Soy wax is also biodegradable and sustainable – which makes it a great choice for environmentally conscious crafters. When shopping around for wax, consider getting unscented wax so you will be able to add in whatever essential oils or fragrances you choose later on – without any conflict between scents.

Wicks Choosing an appropriate wick spec that matches up with your chosen vessel size should help minimize afterglow (the amount of smoke generated.)

A quick way to test if the wick size is right for your container is by dropping it into the empty vessel first – if the wick bounces back then it’s too big. Soft hemp cord wicks tend to be popular amongst experienced candle makers because they consistently grab onto melted waxes quickly when poured into your containers – unlike cotton which tends to “float” during this period of time.

Gather Supplies

Candle making is an interesting and creative way to make a unique piece of décor. Before you begin, you’ll need to gather the necessary supplies for making a glass candle. To start with you’ll need wick, wax, the container for your candle such as a Mason jar, dye chips and fragrance oils.

All of these items can be found online or at your local craft stores. It might be useful to check online for any coupons before going out shopping as well.

Once you have all of your supplies collected, it’s time to begin the process of creating your glass candle. Place the coreless wick into the center of the mason jar by threading it through the top hole on the lid of your jar and tying a knot in order to secure it in place at the bottom.

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Melt the wax in either a double boiler for stovetop or use an electric melting pot if you prefer; pour in enough wax so that it reaches nearly to top edge of the mason jar once melted.

The next step is adding scent into melted wax; stir between 10-20 drops depending on how strong you want your scent to be. Add 20 drops if using essential oils or 10-15 drops when using fragrance oils instead.

For color, crush up dye chips then toss them into melted wax until you achieve desired level of darkness; stir chip bits completely into wax mixture so they evenly disperse throughout before pouring it into container containing wick. The final result is a unique looking and smelling glass candle.

  • Wick
  • Wax
  • Container (Mason jar)
  • Dye chips
  • Fragrance oil

Prep Work



Before starting to make your own glass candles, it is essential to perform some basic preparations. These steps will help ensure that the candle-making process runs smoothly and efficiently.

  • Gather all of the necessary materials to make the candles, including sheets of colored or plain wax, beeswax or paraffin, wick material, wax molds and a double boiler.
  • Find a suitable workspace. The area should be well lit and clean for safety purposes; you also should have enough room to move around an accommodate all the required materials.
  • Place newspaper or paper towels on top of the workspace in order to prevent any messes.
  • Ensure that you have adequate ventilation available with fans so you don’t inhale fumes from any of the ingredients used during candle making.

Once these basic preparations are completed, it’s time to start creating your beautiful glass candles. To begin this step, cut up an appropriate size piece of colored wax into small cubes. Each cube should fit comfortably inside the designated wax mold.

Place each cube into their individual molds carefully as any excess wax can be messy when heated up. After all of the cubes have been placed in their molds cover them with a thin layer beeswax or paraffin-the hot liquid soy bean/paraffin mix will act as glue to keep everything in place when heated by a double boiler.

Once all the pieces have been assembled and covered with a layer of bee-wax/paraffin mixture, turn on the burner and wait for water in bottom pan to boil before setting temperature level on medium-low heat-being careful not to get too hot too quickly as this could cause damage Materials being used in candle making process.

Parts must be lightly cooked at a slow pace allowing even heating throughout while permitting air bubbles/gases generated escape before adhesive hardens fully.

At this stage add your desired wick material-typically cotton pins welded together-into center openings molds before continuing towards finishing touches of glass candle making process.

Melt the Wax

The first step in making your own glass candles is to melt the wax. To ensure a good result, it is best to use a double boiler when melting the wax. Double boiling provides heat slow and evenly distributed throughout the wax, so you can make sure not to overheat or burn it.

Start by filling the bottom of your pot with one inch of water and placing it on your eye stove. Put the top section of your double boiler onto the pot, leaving enough room for water to circulate around it. Add a few inches of wax into the top container before covering and setting onto medium-low heat.

Tempering Wax

Once all of the chunks have melted, tempering the wax is important as it helps to maintain consistency in the temperature as you pour it into molds or containers for your candles. You can do this by first off taking off from heat and stirring for about three minutes or until slightly thickened then putting it back on low heat and stirring continuously until desired temperature is reached.

Checking internal temperatures regularly using an instant-read food thermometer will help you achieve best results with any candle-making activity. Typical tempering ranges should be between 95°F – 120°F (35°C – 49°C) for consistency desirable for various shapes and designs.

Getting The Right Consistency

For more complex shaped candles that require extra body or structure such as tapers and pillars, try incorporating either beeswax or paraffin wax additives during melting processes to achieve desired amount of stiffness; incorporate 3-4 parts additional paraffin/beeswax per one part base wax chosen (such as soy). Different kinds of additives may require different amounts of incorporation depending on personal preference; test small batches while experimenting with different proportions until preferred outcome is achieved.

Make sure all ingredients are fully melted before pouring hot liquid into molds; keep container open at all times during melting process when working with flammable liquids like paraffin waxes. Finally, use nonstick cooking spray on preheated mold surfaces if possible which helps eliminate any discs sticking out after cooling down time-creating attractive shapes.

Add the Dye

The addition of dye or scent to the melted wax is an important step in glass candle making. To begin, it is essential to determine how much dye or scent needs to be added. This will depend on the desired finished candle color and intensity of fragrance. One part dye or scent per twenty parts wax is usually enough for a standard candle.

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In general, it is best practice to add dye and scents individually, rather than together, as this prevents the formation of clumps which can damage the surface of the finished candle. This process also ensures that a more even distribution can be achieved throughout the molten wax.

When adding dye, it is important that you stir it into the melted wax carefully, using a stirring rod. This should be done slowly so that there are no air pockets left behind which can create imperfections in the surface of your candle. Additionally, make sure not to stir too vigorously-stirring too quickly can cause droplets of melting hot wax to splatter onto skin and other surfaces.

  • Determine how much dye or scent needs to be added based on desired color and fragrance intensity
  • Add dye and scent separately and not together
  • Carefully stir with a stirring rod until evenly dispersed through melted wax
  • Stir slowly so as not to create air pockets or drops of hot wax

Prepare the Glass

The most important step in making a glass candle is to prepare the inside of the glass. Once the glass container has been selected, it will need to be cleaned and dried thoroughly.

This can be done by hand using a damp cloth or paper towel, or if preferred, it can be soaked in warm soapy water and then rinsed off with hot water. It is essential that no residue remains on the inside of the container before beginning the candle-making process.

The exterior of the glass can also be decorated for an added level of creativity and customization for each candle. Using paint markers, decals or paints are all options for decorating glass containers.

Take care to make sure all products used are intended for use on glass surfaces and follow the instructions provided carefully when using any type of product on decorative materials such as vinyl stickers or metallic markers in order to achieve reliable results that will last for years.

It is also possible to combine different materials together to create a more unique look for a candle holder. Things like ribbons, twine or fabric can be cut into varying widths and lengths, with fabric glue used to secure them around the outside of the container in artistic patterns or elaborate designs. Anything that sparks creativity is worth exploring when it comes to decorating a container before inserting a candle base.

  • Clean and dry the inside of glass containers thoroughly
  • Decorate outside of containers with paint markers, decals or paints
  • Combine different materials such as ribbon, twine and fabric with fabric glue

Assemble the Candles

Glass candle making is as rewarding as it is fun. The great thing about glass candles is that they will last a very long time because the wax and wick are protected by the glass itself. To get the most out of your candle creation, it’s important to follow a few simple steps when filling your containers with the right ratio of wax to wick.

The first step in glass candle making is to assemble container for your wicks. If you are using pre-made wicks, simply attach them to the bottom of the container with glue or double sided tape in an upright position.

If you are creating your own homemade wicks, prepare them ahead of time by soaking in melted wax and winding them around twine or string for added stability before affixing them to the bottom of the container. When all your wicks have been placed properly in their glasses, clip any excess off from either side so that they are all even with one another; this will help create a neater final product during burning.

The next step is to melt down what type of wax you have chosen (paraffin, soy or beeswax work best) along with your choice of colourant and scented oils – if desired. Make sure you carefully read any instructions on how much colourant or oil should be used according to your type of wax and make adjustments accordingly for a better outcome.

Once melted, pour into each container until about 1/2 inch from its brim; wait for it to cool completely before moving on to the next step.

After cooling off entirely, use pliers or scissors if needed to cut away any excess string around each post attached with the wick; this will ensure an even burn throughout and prevent smoke from appearing due to uneven heating caused by leftover strands of material. Finally, give each candle a quick but thorough polishing with a soft cloth before placing lids onto containers and displaying proudly.



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