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How to Make Votive Candles

Hand poured votive candles are a great way to add warmth and ambiance to any home decor. And just by changing the color and fragrance, you'll have candles for any special holiday or celebration.

Just a note: If you've never made or used votives before, it's important to remember that they are not meant to be free standing. While they are made like a pillar candle, they burn like a container candle, so make sure that you use a holder that is specifically made for votive candles. Our 3 ounce Standard Votive holder is a perfect choice for this type of candle.

Note: This project will make approximately 8 votive candles. We chose Butterscotch Dye Chips and Strudel and Spice Fragrance Oil for a warm and inviting Autumn scent.

Materials Needed:

Directions:

  • Prepare your votive candle molds by wiping them out using a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol. Be careful as the lip of the mold is quite sharp!
  • Center one votive wick pin in each mold. This will make a hole in each votive which will allow you to insert a pretabbed wick after the candle is made.

center wick pin

  • Using a clean pouring pitcher, melt one pound IGI 4794 Votive Wax in a double boiler or hot plate.
  • Add 2 Butterscotch Dye Chips (or other color of your choice) and stir thoroughly.
  • When wax reaches 185 degrees, add 1 ounce Strudel and Spice Fragrance Oil and remove from heat. Stir gently and carefully for about a minute or so.
  • At 175 degrees, slowly pour the colored and fragranced wax up to the lip of each votive mold. Votive wax will shrink as it cools and will need a second pour the next day. We like to take the leftover colored and fragranced wax and pour it into a labeled paper cup. Then when you're ready to do the repour, tear the paper away and place the solid wax in the pouring pitcher to reheat.

pour wax in mold

  • Heat the leftover wax to 190 degrees. This higher temperature will help the wax adhere to the solid and cooled votive.
  • Carefully pour the wax to fill in the sink hole that has developed and all the way to the lip of the mold covering the first pour.
  • Allow your candles to cool completely.

Wax in Mold

  • Remove the votive from the mold. They usually come out very easily, but if not, place them in the refrigerator for a few minutes to allow the wax to contract.
  • Once the candle has been removed from the mold, flip the candle over and press or tap the top of the wick pin firmly until it releases. (Make sure you don't do this step on a counter top that could be damaged.)

remove wick pin

  • Replace each wick pin with a LX-14 pretabbed wick.

Add Wick to Votive

  • Place your candles in approved votive holders. Put a warning label on the bottom of each votive holder, and remember to follow all candle burning safety rules.

Votive Candle in Votive Jar

And that's it!

Congratulations, you've just made your first batch of votive candles!

Remember to always follow all candle burning safety rules.