Container Candle Making Guide

Before you get started, you need to ensure that your workspace is clean and clear and you have the following items to hand:

  • A heat source to melt the wax
  • Double boiler or pan inside a pan to melt the wax in
  • Something to stir the wax with
  • Thermometer
  • Pouring Jug
  • A wick centering tool / Clothes peg / hair slide to hold wick


Step 1 – Pour your wax (the full 800g) into your double boiler or pan and melt the wax at a controlled temperature no higher then 65°C. Gently stir until all wax has melted.

Step 2 – Whilst the wax is melting, you will want to use this time to clean the glasses and ensure they are free of any dirt or particles and are dry. Then you need to set the wick in place. The best way to do this is to dip the sustainer in the molten wax and then place the wick in the centre of the glass. As the wax cools, it will hold the lower end in place. To secure the top of the wick, you can use a clothes peg or a hair slide to grip the top of the wick, ensuring it is pulled through tight and then rest the peg/slide across the top of the container.

Step 3 – Now all the wax has melted and has reached a temperature up to 65°C, you can add your sachet of dye to the wax. This needs to be stirred continuously and gently to ensure the colour dissolves evenly. We say to stir this gently, the reason being that when stirring vigorously at this stage, you can cause air bubbles within the wax which will affect how your candle burns.

Step 4 – You can now add your fragrance to your wax. However, before you do this, the temperature of the wax is crucial. Your fragrance will have a flash point, this is the point at which the fragrance evaporates from the wax. You will need to make sure the temperature of your wax is beneath this flashpoint (we will include your fragrances flashpoint in the kit details online). Once the wax is at the right temperature, pour in your fragrance and stir evenly.

Step 5 – Now it’s time to pour your wax into the pouring jug, providing the temperature is 60°C or lower. Then from the jug, pour this slowly into your container, doing so is essential to reduce the risk of air bubbles/pockets. Fill the glass to 1cm below the rim and any leftover wax should be poured back into the heating container as you will need this. Then leave this to set on a flat surface for around 20-30 minutes.

Step 6 – Whilst cooling, wax naturally shrinks and causes sink holes. Don’t worry this is normal. Reheat the leftover wax from earlier, until it is the same temperature as the first pour wax was. Now use this to fill in the sink holes, leaving you with a smooth flat surface. This may need to be repeated a couple of times. Allow candles to set for 12-24 hours… then enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Container Candle Making Guide”

  1. Excellent information I have just started making candles and I am a little confused in using the correct wick Diameter for the candle diameter I have purchased some ready waxed wicks as 2mm diam and when i check the cord size it is way under 2mm and is built up to 2mm by wax coating and now i have decided to buy the cord at the size i require and wax coat it myself .Can you send me a chart that reads the Diameter of the candle and the required diameter in mm of the wick size .I am using Eco Soya wax and i add Steardin at 10% and the candle i am making are pillar style . I am starting a retail business which is called “Creative Candles” but i want to deal with a supplier rather than people that operate on Ebay. My email address is anraham

    1. Sorry for the delay in responding to your question firstly, the diameter of the wick is not in relation to the diameter of candle this can burn. The diameters of the wicks only change in such a small way between each wick and sometimes barely at all, the number after the wick is in relation to the strands and braids that are within the wick. However we do have a guide I have linked below that takes you through what wick is suitable to what diameter, also please note if you are adding fragrance oil and/or dye you will want to trial the next size wick as well to what is recommended for the diameter of the container/candle.

      I hope this helps but if we can assist you further at all please do not hesitate to email the team on

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