Making Candles Like Colonial Time


Making Candles Like Colonial Time

Making candles was an important task for colonial settlers in North America. Candles provided a form of illumination that allowed people to work and live in dark evenings, and were an essential part of almost every household in the colonies. Today, making candles is a fun way to experience a bit of history and craft beautiful and unique handmade creations.

Gathering Materials and Equipment

Creating candles like those from colonial times requires few supplies or specialized tools. You’ll need:



  • A wax with a melting temperature of around 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Traditional beeswax is difficult to find, but some online shops and specialty craft stores offer traditional blocks of beeswax. Alternately, a mixture of paraffin wax and stearic acid wax makes a suitable, more affordable substitute.
  • Wicks. Traditional wicks were made of braided cotton, but modern cotton-core, zinc-core, and paper-core wicks are available in craft stores. Select a wick that matches the diameter of your completed candle.
  • A melting pot: A double-boiler set-up is ideal, but you can also make do with a metal bowl or can inserted into a pot of water.
  • A thermometer
  • Pouring pitcher.
  • Molds or containers: If you want traditional tapered candles, make or purchase molds. For a more modern look, you can pour your candle into a glass jar or another container of your choosing.

Melt, Pour and Cool

To begin, melt your wax in the double boiler or melting pot until it reaches a temperature of 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Once melted, add additional ingredients such as dyes and fragrances according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Next, place your wick in the container or mold to secure it. If using a jar, wrap the excess wick around a pencil to secure it at the correct height.

Slowly pour your melted wax into the molds, and cool at room temperature. Once the candles have cooled, cut away any excess wick and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Make Candles a Lasting Part of Your Home

Making candles maintains a centuries-old tradition, and is a rewarding, enjoyable experience. Whether you’re making traditional colonial-style candles, or something entirely unique, it’s sure to make a lasting impression in your home.

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