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How to Make Your Own Glass Candles

Updated on October 16, 2017

One Christmas I had beautiful small glass Holiday candles that I used in centerpieces on the dinner table. When they were lit they made the tables look so festive but when the evening was over the candles were spent. What do you do with small glass candles when the candle is gone and they are too small for a tealight or a votive candle?

This year I decided to find some wax and wicks and see if I could make new candles. To my surprise it was fun and easy to do! I am so excited to be able to use them in my centerpieces for our Christmas Eve dinner!

Clean the Glass Containers

  • Heat some water in a pot on the stove
  • Place the candle containers in the water
  • When the wax melts off the sides and loosens from the bottom pour it out on some paper towels in the garbage can
  • Place the containers back in the water to melt any wax that stuck to the sides
  • Wipe the containers out with a paper towel.
  • Ready to fill !!

I would advise doing a little research before you go shopping for supplies. I had no idea there are so many kinds of candles! What's more, there are products that are recommended for each type of candle that will optimize the outcome of your project.

Candle Making Supplies I Used

I went to Michael's and bought a 1 pound block of Premium Parafin Wax and a package of 12 pre-waxed Wicks with a tab base.

The instructions and use for this wax were on the back of the label inside the package so it wasn't until I opened it at home that I noted it was recommended for use in Candle Molds. Having never made a candle before I wasn't certain it would work with my Glass Containers so I'm happy that my little project turned out well!.

The candles I made for the glass containers did not need to be scented or dyed because I bought larger scented candles to add to the centerpieces.

This was very basic candle making that worked well for refilling my decorative glass containers.

Melting The Wax and Placing The Wick

  • I used an 8 inch round cake pan that I placed over a pan of water on the stove for my double boiler.
  • Chop small pieces of wax from the block and place them in the top of your double boiler
  • I dipped the base of the wick in the wax as it was melting and placed it in the bottom of my glass container
  • When the wax was melted I poured it in each container just below the top of the wick
  • The wax instructions said to allow the candle to cool 1 hour, poke holes around the wick to release pressure, then pour wax into the depression created and allow the candle to cool completely.

I was having so much fun with this project that I decided to use the left over wax and wicks to fill some of my other glass containers!

Chop Small Pieces of Wax Off the Block
Chop Small Pieces of Wax Off the Block | Source
Melt Wax in a Double Boiler
Melt Wax in a Double Boiler | Source
Place Wick in the Bottom of The Container While the Wax is Melting
Place Wick in the Bottom of The Container While the Wax is Melting | Source
Fill Containers with Wax and Allow to Cool
Fill Containers with Wax and Allow to Cool | Source
Fill Container with Wax and Allow toCool
Fill Container with Wax and Allow toCool | Source


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    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks for stopping by and voting. It was a fun project!

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      Jose Juan Gutierrez 

      8 years ago from Mexico City

      Great tutorial for making candles!

      Voted up!

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks ishwary! I appreciate you stopping by, leaving a nice comment and voting. Glad you found this useful. Happy candle making!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      9 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is a very resourceful idea of making glass candles at home. I got plenty of small fancy-lamps and glass candle-containers at home and these tips of yours will definitely prove very useful! Thank u for sharing. Useful. Vote up.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Hi JimmieWriter:) The pond of wax was $6 and the wicks were $2 or 3.00. The original candle holders as well as the other glass candle holders I filled all cost more than that originally. Also, a tea light would fit in the larger holdes but you know how fast they burn. I do believe it was economical. Thanks for stopping by:)

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      Great project. Just wondering if this was cost effective versus buying new candles/candle holders outright. I love to reuse and repair things, but often the cost of doing so is higher than buying new.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks Brett for stopping by, voting and SHARING:) It was a fun project. Now that I know it is pretty easy and does save money I will do it again. Maybe even experiment with color and scents!

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      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      great directions and a good little money saver. We have done this at school as well and is very popular with children too.

      Voted up, useful and SOCIALLY SHARED.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Hello ktrapp! They were fun to make and turned my useless glass candles into a festive part of my Christmas Eve centerpieces. I think they would be nice for other Holidays, too! What a good idea. Valentine's Day is approaching. Maybe a scented one this time?! Thanks for the nice comment:)

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      Kristin Trapp 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      These are really pretty. And they look like fun to make, as well. I think they would be nice for other holidays too - like Valentine's Day, for example.

    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Hi A.CreativeThinker and Jeff! Thanks so much for the nice comments. I'm glad I gave it a try. Getting ready to make my centerpieces and can't wait to see how they turn out! Happy Holidays!

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      9 years ago

      This is an excellent Hub. And this is great craft to try at this time of year. Happy holidays!

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      9 years ago

      This is a great hub and a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing and take care. :)



    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Hi randomcreative and katrinasui! It was an easy project and it made me more interested in making scented candles. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments:)

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      9 years ago

      Awesome hub! Thanks for sharing the steps to make glass candle.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      9 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome, easy project! These would make perfect gifts. Thanks for sharing!


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