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
- Heavy cotton string
- A soaking solution. Mix 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp of boric acid, and 1 tbsp of salt into a bowl.
- 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
- Decide on the container that will house your candle, or on the mold that will shape your candle.
- 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).
- Soak your cotton string pieces in your soaking solution for 12 hours (overnight is a good idea).
- Let the strings dry out in the sun or hang dry indoors, depending on weather conditions.
- When fully dried, tape the three strings to a flat surface. Braid them tightly from bottom to top.
- Dip the wick in wax to make it stiff and easier to light. Let dry.
- 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.