35 Clever DIY Candle Making and Decorating Tutorials

by craftmin | December 31, 2017

It is not every day that we get to have a warm weather—you know! However, we could always find comfort, warmth, and relaxation from a gorgeous personalized DIY candle such as these 35 simply wonderful, amazingly beautiful, and surprisingly easy to make DIY candle ideas.

Clever DIY Candle Projects

There are so many ideas to make unique candles that will fill your home with soothing scents and light it up. The DIY candle projects below are super easy to make and will only cost you a very small fortune. The tutorial link is also provided.

1. Lavender Lemon Candles

DIY Candle: Lavender Lemon Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by BRIT+CO

The sweet and soothing smell of lavender teams up with the tart scent of lemon citrus for this DIY Lavender-Lemon candle making. With the two classic fragrances combined, lavender lovers have the chance to savor the coveted scent of the flower in a fresh, all-new perspective. With the help of this guide, you can make a DIY candle of this caliber to freshen up your home decor.

2. Candles Made with Mason Jars

DIY Candle: Poured Mason Jar Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Something Turquoise

The mason jar is undeniably cute and useful. But, did you ever have that crazy idea of making a candle with it? You probably would have thought that it is going to be messy and hard, but going through these simple steps to create these personalized DIY candles, you would probably want to start making many of these fabulous candles to keep or to gift your special someone.

3. Easy Gel Wax Candles

DIY Candle: Easy Gel Wax Candles

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Several different mediums are used in candle making, and one of those mediums is the basic gel wax, which became quite trendy. If the application of gel wax is something new to you, then you should check out this tutorial on how to use the gel to decorate your candle.

4. Sprinkle-Made Funfetti Candles

DIY Candle: Funfetti Candles Made from Candy Sprinkles

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Home decoration can be a lot more amazing if you add some homemade candles, especially this DIY colorful candy sprinkled candle. It’s not going to be just the smell you will love but the mood they set as well. This funfetti candle idea is definitely worth a shot—the fact that they are easy to do, and most craft stores have the supplies. All you need is some wax from un-used or old candles and some spare glass jars, then you can simply have a blast making these DIY funfetti candles.

5. Pumpkin Spice Mason Jar Candles

DIY Candle: Pumpkin Spice Mason Jar Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Martha Stewart

A DIY candle, like these simple yet decadent Pumpkin Spice Mason Jar Candles, is inspired by fall’s signature scent. Made truly with pumpkin pie spice and poured into tinted orange mason jars, your room will not only have that autumn smell but will also have that autumn glow. You have got to try this DIY candle project! With this tutorial, you’d be surprised how simple it is to make.

6. Use Ice Cube Trays to Make Cute Candles

DIY Candle: Mini-Candles Using Silicone Ice Cube Trays

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Silicone ice cube trays are not just for making ice, you know! If you have kept some in your kitchen, you can use them to make your own DIY candle. Not only that they offer uniqueness but they also make a cost-friendly tool to craft candles of different shapes. This DIY hack illustrates how to mold cute candles using silicone ice cube trays. It’s pretty cool and easy-to-follow!

7. Stacked Ombre Heart Candles

DIY Candle: Stacked Ombre Heart Candles

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A DIY candle like these Stacked Ombre Heart Candles is unique, romantic, and most definitely perfect for a Valentine’s Day. These adorable candles can also move, touch, and impress anyone when given as a gift or used as a décor for birthdays, Father’s or Mother’s Day, a date, confessing, or occasions where you express your love. Time to get romantic, so follow this guide to know how it’s done.

8. Tutorial + Labels for this Soy Candle Project

DIY Candle: Soy Candles Tutorial + Labels

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Going Home To Roost

Soy wax is non-toxic, renewable, natural, easy to clean, produces less soot, and burns longer than paraffin wax. So a special, customized DIY soy candle would make an awesome gift. Furthermore, what makes this DIY candle even more attractive is the unlimited choice of colors and scents. Given the instructions, you wouldn’t believe how you can simply make them.

9. Teacup Candles

DIY Candle: Teacup Candles

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An utterly cute gift like these Teacup candles sounds fantastic! A DIY candle like this adorable teacup candles also comes in handy even if all the wax dries up. This project is cute, easy, and perfect for bridal showers, gifts, home decor, favors and just about every occasion you can think of. That’s why you’ll love it! You can’t miss its tutorial here.

10. Making Votive Candles

DIY Candle: How to Make Votive Candles

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Are you thinking of creating a beautiful lighting and ambiance? Well, a candlelight just does the job! You can make a wonderful dinner party a lot more special by enhancing it with these simple and fantastic homemade Votive Candles. The use of votive molds makes this DIY candle unique and appear marbled, crystal-like, and feathered that is harmonized with its imperfections.

11. Uniquely Scented DIY Soy Candles: Wedding Favors

DIY Candle: Uniquely Scented DIY Soy Candles - Wedding Favors

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Candle Science

Are you planning a wedding and looking for the perfect source of aroma? Well, none could better get the job done than Raspberry Sangria Fragrance Oil! A DIY candle like these economical and beautiful candle tins will surely bring comfort to your guests. Whether you’re gifting it to your significant other or planning to light them up on a special occasion, these DIY soy candles with a unique scent can imbue the occasion with a summer fresh fragrance and gentle glow, while the guests enjoy the fresh savor of raspberries. Take a look at the directions here to make this DIY project easy.

12. Coconut Wax Candle with Orange Mint

DIY Candle: Orange Mint Coconut Wax Candle

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Paraffin has long been used as the choice of wax in candle making because it is cheap. Recently, soy wax became an alternative because of its “natural” features. However, you would be surprised that there is actually a whole lot better option for candles—coconut wax.

This DIY candle offers a romantic and inexpensive option for enjoyment and relaxation. Make more of it to add warmth and style to your home and imbue it with a delightful smell that fragrances and freshens the air. Making these Coconut Wax Candle with Orange Mint is easy as pie and doesn’t require a lot of time. Just mix, melt, and pour and maybe decorate—can you imagine? What’s more is that this artwork really costs very little!

13. Citronella “Can”dles

DIY Candle: Citronella “Can”dles

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If you’re only after the mosquito-repelling ability of the citronella candles and wouldn’t go far for its oil, then craft a DIY candle like these Citronella “Can”dles with a few extra scents like oregano, peppermint, mandarin orange, and pine. Bugs find these fragrances repulsive, while you enjoy its aromatic benefits. This time, use pretty steel cans to make the citronella candles as indicated by this tutorial.

14. Pressed Herb Candles

DIY Candle: Pressed Herb Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Adventures In Making

If you grow fresh herbs in your backyards, summer is not the only time that they would be lovely. Believe it or not, making a DIY candle like these pressed herb candles is a very clever way of preserving an herb’s beauty. Go ahead and visit your garden, grab a chocolate mint and some lavender or your preferred herb, and make some of your own lovely candles with them. This guide will help you to get it done in just a matter of minutes!

15. Coffee Cup Candles

DIY Candle: Coffee Cup Candles

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Do you have an old collection of pretty saucers and cups? If you have, you might find them uninteresting anymore because they have been sitting there, just taking up space. An impressive way of repurposing that collection of beautiful cups is to make a DIY candle like these coffee cup candles with them. Just pick one out with a motif that fits in the occasion, the season or the mood, and transform it into a gorgeous coffee cup candle. Visit the tutorial here and find out how you can do this DIY.

16. Craft Color Block Candles Using Crayons

DIY Candle: Use Crayons to Create Color Block Candles

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Rather than throwing used crayons, you can make a gorgeous DIY candle with them. While making candles using crayons is not something new, most projects usually just end up swirling and making a tie-dye look of some sort. If a bunch of used crayons is in your possession, why not keep things crisp and clean and make some lovely color block candles. Check out this tutorial and learn to stir crayons with wax.

17. Scented Soy Votive Candles

DIY Candle: Scented Soy Votive Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Martha Stewart

It’s just amazing how the appealing glow of candlelight completes a holiday window, table, or mantel. A collection of a softly scented votive candles or winter-inspired pillar candles make a perfect homemade gift that never fails to leave a mark. The best part is—you would be able to save money by just embellishing them or creating them at home. You can also customize the scent, color, and design. If you need help with this DIY project, this tutorial will make it easy for you.

18. Making Beeswax Candles

DIY Candle: How to Make Beeswax Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by The Prairie Homestead

The time to be creative with Beeswax has finally come! Beeswax feels and smells delicious. It is no wonder why a lot of homemade beauty products have it as an ingredient. Not only that, it is also completely non-toxic, natural and free from chemicals. Aside from beauty products, you can also make a DIY candle with beeswax. So take one more step to promote the green revolution of our planet with these Beeswax candles.

19. Making 50 Hour Soy Survival Candles

DIY Candle: Making 50 Hour Soy Survival Candles

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It might cost you an arm and a leg if you’re planning on buying long burning candles from the stores, but homemade candles will only cost you about two dollars. Do you want to learn how to craft a 50-hour long-lasting DIY candle like these soy survival candles? Then, you have to check out this tutorial. By the way, the things you’ll need will be just wicks, cans, glass jars, and some wax.

20. French Vanilla Candles

DIY Candle: French Vanilla Candles

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It is not just the body that benefits from the warmth and coziness brought by a candle flame but the mind as well. A DIY candle like these beautiful French Vanilla and coffee candles can imbue a house a cozier and warmer feel and give you an amazing feel for those cooler summer nights.

21. Easy DIY Bottle-Cap Candles

DIY Candle: Easy DIY Bottle-Cap Candles

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Save your candle ends and bottle caps to make a DIY candle like these charming cute Bottle-Cap candles. You will be spending a few bucks for the candle wicks only while the rest of the materials are free.

You can use your chosen tops from beverages to personalize the set. It doesn’t matter what occasion it is—this DIY project just fits and makes a unique gift! If you’re packing for camping or lighting cozy outdoor areas, these DIY Bottle-Cap candles are just perfect since they burn for almost 60 minutes before the wick runs out. Read on for the directions here. Find out how to replicate this DIY project on your own with this super easy tutorial.

22. Eucalyptus & Citronella Candles

DIY Candle: How to Make Citronella Candles with Eucalyptus

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Be it partying in the backyard or cooking and having a picnic in the garden, most people just love to hang out outdoors during summer or spring months. However, it is inevitable to have so many annoying bugs during these occasions. Make your summer parties bug-free by adding a DIY candle such as these eucalyptus and citronella candles. You’ll find out how they are made easy with this tutorial.

23. How to Make Recycled DIY Citronella Candles

DIY Candle: How to Make Recycled DIY Citronella Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by SUGAR and CHARM

Why not make use of the candles you have at hand to create some more citronella candles of your own? This tutorial will teach you how the brilliant combination of grapefruit scent and a few charming tins can make a DIY candle such as citronella candles a lot more amazing. Best of all, it’s up to you how much citronella oil you’d like the candle to have.

24. Transform Wine Bottles into Handmade Candles

DIY Candle: Transform Wine Bottles into Handmade Candles

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Who would have thought that a wine bottle would make a cool DIY candle? Glass wine bottles are usually emptied and thrown out with the recycling. But surprisingly, a lot of beautiful and creative things can be made with them such as votives, storage containers, glasses, and of course, candles. Here is a complete guide to help you make this project.

25. Homemade Citronella Candles

DIY Candle: How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Marty’s Musings

Because of its ability to repel insects naturally, Citronella oil became a must-have whenever spending some time outdoors in the lovely weather seasons. Here’s an easy tutorial to make a DIY candle like these homemade citronella candles that can efficiently and beautifully bid farewell to bugs and mosquitoes with money-saving tips for re-using containers, wax, and wicks. By the way, the colors change with the lights as what this oil also does.

26. Autumn Cinnamon Spiced Candles

DIY Candle: Autumn Cinnamon Spiced Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by The Happier Homemaker

Candles, on their own, can already be comforting, relaxing and warming, but blended with the warm aroma of cinnamon, you feel even warmer, more comfortable, and more relaxed—just what you need on those cold winter and autumn nights.

Making them is a piece of cake, and going out and buying special fragrances won’t be necessary. If melting wax poses a problem to you, then use cinnamon sticks and a pillar candle to make a basic cinnamon scented candle. You might get to enjoy only the mild fragrance, but it’ll still be there. You have to try this project and here is how it is done.

27. Crayon Candles

DIY Candle: Crayon Candles

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DIY aficionados come up with a lot of ways to make a candle and improve them, and a DIY candle such as a crayon candle is such a crowd-pleaser. This DIY is very clever and indeed very colorful! Very Clever because it’s one brilliant way to make something decorative with recycled old broken crayons. And here is a great tutorial that shows you how it’s done. You can brighten any room in your house with these candles. They make awesome gifts as well!

28. Champagne Flute Candles

DIY Candle: Champagne Flute Candles

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Whatever the occasion is, setting the mood with the romance and glitter of a champagne glass never fails, especially a DIY candle one. You have to follow the how-to instructions here to make these easy and cheap candles, the fact that your home might already have some of the supplies.

29. Scentsy Candles

DIY Candle: Scentsy Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Kristen Duke Photography

Are you fond of Scentsy wickless candles? It feels amazing to craft something amazing out of things we thought were garbage. Don’t waste the wax that you get from your Scentsy bars, and instead follow this super easy guide to make use of it along with some supplies for making bright candles.

30. Far More Better Citronella Candles

DIY Candle: Make Your Own Citronella Candles

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Did you ever pull a chair up to a lip-smacking outdoor breakfast, lunch or dinner, only to realize that you’re also someone else’s meal? Homemade tick/bug repellent might come in handy for farming or hiking, but a DIY candle like these Citronella candles is just perfect for outdoor meals.

Citronella candles are a safe, non-toxic way to fend off mosquitoes and make an eating place free of bugs without using repellent to slather everyone every few hours. These DIY citronella candles are enjoyable, effective, and affordable to make instead of going to the stores to buy them. Best of all, you can decorate the containers to suit any backyard décor.

By the way, when buying citronella oil, opt for the essential oil, do not mistake it for the fuel used for tiki torches. It is available online or in health food stores. Follow this utterly simple step-by-step directions to make Citronella candles.

31. How to Make Lavender Candles

DIY Candle: How to Make Lavender Candles

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Beyond its intoxicating scent, lavender is your ally in relieving anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Why not imbue your home with the aroma and impressive health benefits of the sweet herb by making a DIY candle with it? The step-by-step directions here will show you how lavender candles are made in just a heartbeat!

32. The Ultimate DIY Candle Guide

DIY Candle: The Ultimate DIY Candle Guide

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Making a DIY candle, a lot of it, can be done in so many ways. Some might be a bit intricate, but this tutorial covers some different methods to make the entire craft very easy for you. Make your own personalized candles with this simple technique; all that is required is a wick, something to give the candle a container, scent, and some wax.

33. Citrus-and-Spice-Scented Candles

DIY Candle: Citrus-and-Spice-Scented Candles

Image Courtesy of & DIY Tutorial by Martha Stewart

A DIY candle like scented candles made with a zesty combination of juicy citrus and spice can make any space smell amazing. A handmade gift makes an extra special present. These uniquely scented DIY citrus and spice candles can be specialized and give as a gift to your family and friends. Check out the DIY details here.

34. How to Make Coffee Candles

DIY Candle: How to Make Coffee Candles

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Everyone will surely appreciate a timeless and elegant gift like candles. You might find quality candles exorbitant, and sometimes, there’s a bunch of wax left and thrown in the garbage. If candles appeal to you but want to save for a rainy day, you can use a handful of fragrant coffee beans to make unique works of art with old candles or wax. It’s really easy and quick to make an inexpensive and dazzling DIY candle like these coffee-scented candles for wedding, hostess, and birthday gifts. This detailed tutorial will show you how to make your own coffee candles.

35. Turn Seashells into Beautiful Candles

DIY Candle: Turn Seashells into Beautiful Candles

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Nature always has the knockout inspiration! No need to cross beyond your local shoreline to find the perfect WOW factor for you to enjoy that whole beach experience. Make a DIY candle like these beautiful seashell candles with foraged seashells with this very easy and rather chic to construct summer project. It takes only a couple of easy steps to make personalized DIY seashell candles in this tutorial.

To wrap it all up, it is much easier to just craft your own DIY candle like those mentioned above for a natural scent or a beautiful centerpiece. With just a bit of creativity and few simple materials, you can craft a splendid collection of artificial lights. So which of the above superb DIY candle hacks suit your fancy?

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