How To Make A Wick For A Candle


Candle wicks make all the difference when it comes to creating a beautiful and long-burning candle. When lit, the wick begins to heat up, causing the wax or other fuel that is around it to melt and evaporate from the heat. This is what creates the flame of the candle. Wicks also help prevent soot from gathering around the inside of a candle, keeping your candles looking cleaner and brighter. By following this simple guide on how to make a wick you can easily customize any candle to suit your needs.

Materials: Explain the materials required for making a candle wick

Making a wick for a candle requires only basic materials that can be found in any craft store. The first item you will need is some type of core material which serves as the base of your wick. A cotton string, jute twine, paper rope cord, waxed paper strips, or rattail floss are just some of these core options. You will also need some kind of holder for your finished wick such as tabbed sustainers or inner clips if desired; these generally come in packs of two or four and other optional items include scissors and pre-tabbed and preshrunken wicks for convenience.

Instructions: Step-by-step describe how to make a candle wick

1) Start by selecting an appropriate core material that works best with your desired type of wax; cotton string works well with paraffin whereas jute twine may be better suited for soy waxes. Choose an appropriate length depending on the size of your container – typically you will want between 10” – 14” depending on whether you are using tabbed sustainers and measuring from tip to tip including both loop ends.

2) Next, hold one end and fold several inches back down onto itself creating a small loop at one end; repeat this step on other end before leaving about 12” – 18” in between both loops for easy handling when fitting into container later on. Secure foldings with tape especially if using heavier duty core material before continuing onto next step.

3) For added stability use tabbed sustainers (or inner clips) by threading each loop over opposite tabs two at time through 1st ring then sliding it down closer toward 2nd loop – being careful not to damage flexible interior ring while doing so – before threading second set through last few rings followed by tightening each tab after every pass as needed until snug fit achieved near bottom rim when peak voltage utilized but avoid tight pulling/snapping moments during process as this affects performance significantly afterwards once inserted into molten wax plus if tighter than necessary they could snap off prematurely due to high temperatures exposure over extended usage periods!

Gather Materials

Making a wick for your candle is a simple process that can be done with items commonly found in any home. To craft a wick you will need: some type of cotton, linen or hemp-based twine, scissors, and some melted wax. The twine should easily bend and loop back on itself without breaking; depending on the size of your candle, the thickness of the twine should match it. For example, a larger candle would need thicker twine than a standard tea-light. If none of these materials are available around the home all can easily be found at most craft stores or hardware stores.

Take the desired length of twine and tie it into a loop at one end and use the scissors to trim off any excess thread. Melt some wax in a double boiler over low heat and dip the twine loop into the melted wax until it has coated it entirely. Allow the wax to cool before lifting out the now-hardened wick from the liquid wax – you may even want to store it in another container before using it in your candle. Ensure that the wick remains intact as you take part in this process and avoid using too much wax coating as this could impact its burning performance when used for actual lighting purposes.

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Preparing the Wick

Making a wick for your candle can be simple and economical. Start by selecting the appropriate length of cotton cord or twine for your container, taking into account both the width and height of the jar. Cut a length twice as long as the container’s interior measurement. Use scissors or craft snippers to cut the cord, while wearing gloves to protect your hands from potential loose wax residue.

Once you have measured and cut your wick, stretch it out on a flat surface and fold each end over to create an anchor at each end of the wick. Each anchor should be approximately half an inch in length. Secure with tape or glue if necessary. This added step will ensure that your wick is tightly fixed in place inside your candle container before pouring in any wax. Lastly, depending on what type of wax you are using, consider purchasing pre-tabbed-wick where a metal or paper disc has already been attached to one end to help keep the wick centered during wax pouring for a cleaner burn and increased stability throughout use.

Securing the Wick

The most common method of securing the wick to a candle is with a metal wick tab. A wick tab consists of two pieces of metal that are pressed together, one of which has a hole in the center that is just slightly larger than the wick itself. Using pliers, press the pieces together and place your wick through the center hole. The other end of the wick should have been previously secured to a weight such as an old but lightly filled tin can or something similar. This gives it stability when you dip it into molten wax for later use.

Depending on the type of candle being made, such as molded candles or votive candles, there is additional preparation needed for securing the wick once it is placed in its mold. For votives and molded candles, use either a glue dot (a round glue disc) or a bead of hot glue at the bottom edge mold to secure the end of your pre-tied Wick prior to filling with wax. You can also consider tying a piece of cotton thread near the base while attaching your Wick tab ontop, which provides extra security and stability while burning your candle.

Planning Ahead

1. Choose the right size and type of wick: The right wick size depends on the candle container size, wax type and fragrance load. There are different wicks available that cater to different needs, such as wooden wicks for a larger woodsy aroma and cotton core wicks for higher melting point waxes such as soy or beeswax.

2. Measure and cut the correct length of wick: Cut the measured length of the correct type of wick approximately one inch longer than your desired finished height.

3. Pre-treat the wick with additives if desired: Some people prefer to pre-treat their wicks with additives such as stiffening agents or vegetable oils to help reduce sagging or curling in the flame.

4. Secure the bottom of the wick: Make sure your wick is centered when you place it inside your container and secure it at the bottom by either wrapping it around a pencil or inserting a metal base/sustainer tab into your wax so that it holds up straight.

5. Stick one end of your prepped wick into melted wax: If using a traditional flat container candle, submerge one end of your prepped and secured in melted wax on one side until it stays in place without any assistance before filling with more molten wax on top. This way you can ensure that your wick will stay upright once filled.

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6. Allow time for cooling/setting: After securing in place, allow some time for everything to cool down and set before using, usually around 24 hours will be plenty of time!


If the wick won’t stay in place, try using a metal tab at the bottom of the candle to help anchor it. To do this, cut off a piece of the tab and attach it to the bottom of your wick before affixing it to the candle wax. You may also need to trim away some of the excess wax at the base of the wick once it is in place. Make sure that you anchor the wick securely at both its top and bottom sections so that it is not able to move without you having to adjust it by hand.

To avoid common mistakes with wicks, use an appropriate size for each type of candle you make. Too big a wick can create an uneven burning flame which might cause sooting on walls and ceilings, whereas too small a wick could affect how well your candles burn. Take note of whether or not your candles require pre-tabbed or ‘prime’ wicks before making them. Pre-tabbed wicks already have metal tabs attached to them which helps provide stability when placing them in your wax. Prime wicks are those that don’t need any such assistance and can be used as-is after being trimmed down to size if necessary.


Making a wick for a candle is a simple and inexpensive task that brings many advantages to the burn and longevity of the candle. To make a wick you need Cotton Thread, beeswax, and two craft sticks or chopsticks. Start by wrapping several strands of thread around the two sticks, leaving at least four inches of threads at both ends that will be used to attach the wick to the candleholder. Soak the threads in melted beeswax then carefully pull them away from each other so that you form a tight v-shaped wick. Attach the wicks on either side of your container or mold with tape or glue/hot glue gun and ensure they are as close to being centered as possible. Lightly spray the formed threads with cooking oil such as vegetable oil or canola oil to help prevent it from smoking when lit. Once the oil has been sprayed on allow the waxed threads to cool before lighting your candle.

A well-crafted candle wick has benefits such an improved burning time, no burnt edges on your surfaces and most importantly, no smoke while burning. It will help you achieve an even flame and optimize its visibility in any type of environment while also providing enjoyable scent throws with less cost on supplies over store-bought candles. Overall, making your own wick is worth doing because you have control over what goes into all your homemade candles, which greatly decreases any potential health risks and increases safety when using these candles.

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