Make a $50 Scented Candle for Just $5 With This Easy Tutorial

Ah, the siren call of the scented candle. You read those exotic-sounding ingredients in such glamorous combinations (tuberose-cassis-jasmine! lime-basil-bergamot!) and suddenly you’ve parted with 50 of your hard-earned bucks for a little wax in a jar. That you burn for only seven minutes at a time—and only when guests come over—because it better last a year for the amount you paid for it! I say make your own. It’s shockingly easy to do and will cost you 1/10th the price. Here’s how.

DIY Scented Candle

Scented Candle

You will need

  • double boiler
  • soy wax flakes per candle (about 2 cups per candle)
  • candle wicks
  • assorted jars, glasses, vessels
  • clothespins
  • chopstick or skewer
  • essential oils* (we found ours at Whole foods)
  • kitchen towels
  • ribbon
  • buttons (large and small)
  • hot glue


  • Get the water boiling in your double boiler, then reduce the heat and add the soy flakes. Stir frequently until they turn into liquid (about five minutes).
  • Turn of the heat, then dip the metal end of the candle wick into that wax. Press it to the bottom of your vessel (use a chopstick or skewer if necessary) and hold until the wax sets. Secure the top end of the wick to the jar with a clothespin.
  • Slowly pour the liquid wax into the jar, then add about 30 drops of each of your essential oils. Mix it gently with your chopstick to distribute them throughout.
  • Wrap the candle with kitchen towels to slow the cooling process (if it cools too fast, the container could crack). Let cool at least a day, then trim the candle wick.
  • For the ribbon accents: Hot-glue one end of the ribbon to your vessel, wrap it around, fold over the edge and hot-glue the other end in place. Hot-glue the button on top of the seam.

*We actually did use Lime, Basil and Bergamot! If you’re having trouble coming up scent combinations, look at the ingredients from your favorite brand of candle for inspiration.

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