Basic Container Candles

Container Candles are probably the most often used candles. They are wonderful additions to any home and can fill the room with a wonderful scent. You would think that they would be the easiest candles to make as well, but they tend to be a little tricky to get just right. These instructions should give you a pretty good idea about how to get started and what to look out for.

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Supply List

  • Pre-blended Container Wax or Wax with Vybar or Steric Acid (For more information on additives, click here)
  • Pre-Tabbed Wicks (Cored wicks work best)
  • Glass Container
  • Candle Fragrance (if desired)
  • Candle Dye (if desired)


  • Double Boiler
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Dowel
  • Heat Gun, Blow Dryer, or Oven


  1. Begin melting your wax in the double boiler. Add any additives you'd like (if you use pre-blended wax, you won't need to add any additives.) You will want to heat your wax to a relatively low temperature, because the hotter the wax, the more it will shrink and you'll want the least shrinking for your container candles. Heat the wax to about 170-175.
  2. While your wax is melting, you'll want to start preparing your wicks. Straighten out your wick with your fingers. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight just do the best you can. Place a drop of hot glue on the bottom tab of your wick and glue it to the center of your container. Take the end of your wick and tie it to a wooden dowel. Balance the dowel on your container. You will want to make sure the wick is straight and taunt. The purpose of this step is to keep the wick centered while you pour.
  3. Add fragrance oil to the melted wax (if desired.)
  4. Add dye to the melted wax (if desired.)
  5. Mix the wax together well.
  6. Just before you wax has reached the desired temperature, you'll want to heat up your container. You can do this using a heat gun or a blow dryer or even an oven heated to about 150 degrees. This step will help prevent air bubbles from getting trapped in the wax when you pour and improves the overall look of your finished candle.
  7. Begin pouring your wax. Remember to leave enough room for your wick and lid if you'll be using one. Save about 20% of the wax. You'll need it to top of your candle later.
  8. Allow your candle to cool completely. Be patient, this could take up to 6 hours or more, but will give you the best results. If you try to cool your candle too quickly, the wax will pull away from the glass and leave "wet spots." You may even want to try placing your container in a warm water bath after you pour it to cool it down even slower than at room temperature.
  9. After your candle has cooled, you'll notice that a small well around the wick has formed. Heat up your remaining wax to a slightly higher temperature than before, around 180-185. Repour the wax just slightly higher than your last pour and allow to cool completely.
  10. The last step is to remove the dowel and trim your wick down to 1/4 inch. You're ready to enjoy your new container candle!

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