How to make paraffin container candles

Learn how to make paraffin container candles with this easy-to-follow video. You can use the supply lists below to order the items you'll need to follow this tutorial. 

Supply List:

Additional Items Needed:

  • Fragrance Oil - Browse our complete list of fragrance oils and select a 1 oz. sample bottle of your choice to follow this guide.
  • Double Boiler
  • Metal Spatula 
  • Scissors


Video Transcript:

Hi I’m Rose from Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple and beautiful paraffin container candle.

Here are all the supplies you’re going to need:

A scale, a metal spatula or wooden spoon, 1 pound of IGI 4630 Wax, a pouring pitcher, a thermometer, and a double boiler. You’re also going to need one yellow dye chip, 1oz of Pear Glace Type fragrance oil, and for this project we’re using LX 14 pretabbed wick assemblies. For our containers we are going to use 12 oz. canning jars. We will also need wick stickers, wick bars, warning labels, a pair of scissors for trimming the wick when we’re done, and gold jelly lids.

For easy clean up I like to use paper towels and a little rubbing alcohol. Now that we’ve got everything we need, let’s get started.

First, cut one pound of IGI 4630 paraffin wax and heat it to 185 degrees in a double boiler. At 185 degrees we can be sure that the dye and fragrance will dissolve easily and completely into the wax. One pound of wax is enough to make two 12oz canning jar candles. So while waiting for the wax to melt, prepare the jars. Center the wick and secure it to the bottom of the jar with the wick stickum. Then pull the wick tight and fasten it with a wick bar to make sure it stands up straight while the wax is cooling. As always, put a warning label on the bottom of each container.

Okay, the wax is now 185 degrees. Add one yellow dye chip and mix it until it is totally dissolved. Once the dye chip is totally dissolved, remove the wax from and heat and add 1oz of Pear Glace Type fragrance oil. Mix the fragrance oil gently into the wax and let it cool to the pouring temperature, which for 4630 is 170 degrees. Once the wax cools to 170 degrees, pour it into the wicked jars. Allow the candles to cool at room temperature overnight.

The easiest way to clean your tools and pouring pitcher is to wipe them out with a paper towel and a little rubbing alcohol while they are still warm.

When the candles are completely cooled cut the wick to a quarter of an inch and top with a gold jelly lid. These canning jars have a smooth side so they’re really easy to customize with a label or ribbon. And that’s all there is to it.

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