DIY Holiday Candles

With fall in full swing and the holidays right around the corner, learn how to make your own seasonal candles now with this Hobby Hunting article! Looking for a non-holiday scented candle? These instructions can be made evergreen by using a different combination of fragrance oils and dye blocks.

What You Need:
  • Soy Wax
  • Dye Blocks*
  • Fragrance Oils*
  • Thermometer
  • Boiling Pot
  • Double Boiler Wax Melting Pot
  • Mason Jars
  • Candle Wicks
  • Glue Stickers

*Select a candle to make from the options below.


Pumpkin Patch Dreams Candle
  • Gamboge Dye Block
  • Pumpkin Patch Fragrance Oil
  • Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
  • Cinnamon Fragrance Oil
Candy Cane Lane Candle
  • Red Dye Block
  • Candy Cane Fragrance Oil
  • Sweet Orange Fragrance Oil
  • Snickerdoodle Fragrance Oil
Walking in A Winter Wonderland Candle
  • Christmas Green Dye Block
  • Pine Fragrance Oil
  • Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
  • Caramel Fragrance Oil

The How-To (for one 8oz candle)

Step One: Using a measuring cup, measure out 1 ¼ cups of soy wax and put it in the double boiler wax melting pot.

Step Two: Turn on your stove and put 3.5 cups of water in a pot and heat until it boils.

Step Three: While the water is heating up, use one of the glue stickers and stick the wick to the center of the bottom of the candle.

Step Four: To prevent your wick from swaying in the wax and staying centered you need to use a bow tie clip. Stick the wick through the center hole to center the clip.

Step Five: Once the water is boiling, put the double boiler wax melting pot on top of the pot with the water to melt the wax. Make sure to stir frequently until the wax is all melted and there are no clumps left.

Step Six: After the wax is melted, while it’s still on the heat, put in the dye block color of your choice. Mix the wax again until it’s smooth. Then, turn off the stove, take the double boiling pot out of water and place it on a heat-resistant surface.

Step Seven: Use a thermometer to track the temperature of the wax. When it’s between 113 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit, add a few drops of the fragrance oil to the wax. Add additional drops slowly until you’ve reached your desired fragrance. If you add the oil when the wax is too hot, it will evaporate.

Step Eight: Carefully pour the wax into your mason jar or candle container.

Step Nine: Let your candle then rest at room temperature for between 5 and 8 hours until the wax hardens completely.

Step Ten: Finally, cut the wick to about .3 inches long without making it too short. Voila! Now your candle is ready to light.