Pillar candles are a staple of modern home decorating. We love all the sizes you can get, all the colors, and all the scents. But a stylish pillar candle can cost a pretty penny! So we learned to make our own. And we’ll show you how. (And we’ll share the tips and tricks we learned along the way!)
We love making pillar candles. They look so professional! (Here’s a secret…the mold does most of the magic!) If you have any questions while you’re working on your candle, just leave us a message and we’ll reply. We’re here to help!
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How To Make A Pillar Candle
1. Preparing The Mold And The Wick
Cover the top edge of the mold with small pieces of masking tape. (It’s sharp!) Feed the wicking through the hole at bottom of mold leaving about one inch of wick sticking out of the bottom of the mold. Coil this one-inch piece of wick. Roll the mold sealer into a ball and press it over the coiled wick to seal the bottom of the mold. Tie other end of the wick to a pencil and prop it across the top of the mold. Let excess wicking hang outside of the mold.
Here’s a video we made showing how to wick the mold.
We created a video course on candle making (ten candles!) on Curious.com. All you have to do is sign up with your email. (It’s a really fun site so it’s worth it.) Here’s a link to our course.
2. Weighing the Wax
Cut the wax into small chunks using the chisel, hammer, and cutting board. Weigh out the wax for the volume of the mold you are using, then add 4 ounces for spillage and shrinkage. (Our 3” x 6.5” mold holds 1.5 pounds of wax.) You can use this mold to make pillar candles at different heights, just melt and pour less wax.
3. Melting The Wax
Melt the wax in a double boiler to 200-220°F. Keep an eye on the wax as it is melting and watch the temperature. Wax is flammable and should never get above 300°F. In the case of this pillar candle it does not need to get hotter than 220°F.
To get the color you want, shave a few carrot curls of color off the dye block onto the index card using the potato peeler. Add the shavings to the melted wax and stir. Test the color by dripping a few drops onto an index card. Add more color if desired. To scent your pillar candle, add one tablespoon of liquid candle scent to the wax and stir.
4. Pouring The Wax
Pour the wax into the mold and recenter the wick. Let the candle cool for one hour. A divot or well will form near the wick as the wax cools and shrinks. Use the skewer to poke four or five holes in the candle near the wick all the way to the bottom of the mold. Reheat the wax and refill the candle up to — but not over — the original fill line. Let the candle cool and repeat if another well forms.
5. Unmolding And Trimming The Wick
Let the candle cool completely overnight. Remove the masking tape from the mold edge. Remove the pencil and turn the mold over. Remove the mold sealer. Let the candle slide out of the mold. (If it doesn’t slide out easily, place it in the refrigerator for ten minutes and try again.) Turn the candle over – the bottom is the top! (Doesn’t it look great!?) Trim the bottom wick flush and trim the top wick to 1/4″.
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