How to Make Your Own Homemade Candle Wicks

Homemade Candle Wicks

This is a guide to making your own candle wicks. If you’re going to be making your own homemade candles, why not make everything from scratch! Homemade wicks are cheaper than store-bought ones and are just as effective.

So let’s begin, how to make candles from scratch!

What You’ll Need to Make Candle Wick

  1. Heavy cotton string
  2. A soaking solution. Mix 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp of boric acid, and 1 tbsp of salt into a bowl.
  3. Scissors
  4. Tape
  5. A small piece of metal or paper with a hole. This is to hold the wick in place while pouring the wax into the container or mold.

Putting Together Candle Wick

  1. Decide on the container that will house your candle, or on the mold that will shape your candle.
  2. Cut three pieces of cotton string to a length a few inches longer than your container or mold (the string should be a few inches longer than you want your candles to be).
  3. Soak your cotton string pieces in your soaking solution for 12 hours (overnight is a good idea).
  4. Let the strings dry out in the sun or hang dry indoors, depending on weather conditions.
  5. When fully dried, tape the three strings to a flat surface. Braid them tightly from bottom to top.
  6. Dip the wick in wax to make it stiff and easier to light. Let dry.
  7. Tie the wick to the metal/paper piece, place in the container or mold.

Remember to put down a layer of old newspaper before making candles, as the wax is messy and hard to clean up.


Macallister Anderson

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