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Candle Making for Beginners - for Fun or to Build a Business

Learn how to easily make gorgeous candles to use yourself, give to others or to start your own craft business
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Created by Kevin Partner
Last updated 5/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Make a range of beautiful candles at home using standard kitchen equipment
Choose the right wax and wick combination for each candle
Decide how much candle fragrance and dye to use for each candle
Handle wax and scent safely in the home
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  • No previous knowledge or experience needed
  • To get the most out of this course, you should be prepared to follow along with the practical demonstration. A "have a go" attitude is strongly recommended!

Launched March 2016! Candle making is one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable of all crafts. You get the creative pleasure and sense of achievement from making your candles and then the enjoyment of using them in your own home, giving them as wonderful gifts or even starting your own craft business. Making candles requires no special skills beyond those taught in this course, it's a craft that's open to anyone - if you can measure flour and boil water, you can make candles!

So why not click the Start Learning button to get cracking in this amazing craft. Or continue reading for more info on the course.

This course will take you from knowing nothing about candle making to having all the knowledge and skills you need to make a range of gorgeous pillar and container candles. Once you've completed the course, you'll be able to use your new-found expertise to confidently invent your own candle recipes.

The course is made up of two main parts. In the first part, I'll use a series of animated video lectures to walk you through the essential concepts you need to understand in order to make candles safely.

We'll cover:

  • Why candle making is such a fantastic craft to learn
  • How candles work
  • How to use candles safely at home
  • The best way to melt wax safely and quickly
  • What equipment you'll need (you've probably already got it!)
  • How to choose a candle mould
  • What sorts of containers you can use for making candles
  • The different kinds of wax you can use - and when to use them
  • How to use dye to create coloured candles
  • How wicks work and which wick to choose
  • The two main types of candle making scent

In the second part of the course, I'll show you how to make nine different candles. I provide complete ingredient lists (I use only standard ingredients you can obtain from most candle suppliers) and you can watch me make the candles live on camera. Every step has been filmed so you can make your candles with me!

We'll make

  • A basic pillar candle - the foundational recipe for all pillar candles
  • A tea cup container candle - the basic technique used for all container candles
  • A two colour pillar candle
  • A pillar candle made using wax chunks
  • A pillar candle with a base of coffee beans
  • A candle made out of a flower pot
  • A candle made in a tin
  • A glass container candle
  • A glass candle with a transparent base containing coffee beans

I'll also show you a range of decorating techniques for your pillar candles including transfers, stencils and stamps.

To keep costs down, I use a relatively small, plastic, mould so you're not wasting wax as you practice but all these techniques can be easily scaled up to a candle of any size.

And I'm on hand to answer any questions you have on candle making - just add a question once you've enrolled.

I'm Kevin Partner of MakingYourOwnCandles and I've been making candles for many years - why not join me by clicking the Start Learning button?

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for complete beginners, all you need is access to basic kitchen equipment
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 02:01:37
6 Lectures 34:11

In this section, we look at why you'd want to make candles, how they work and how to burn candles safely


In this section, we'll look at the equipment you need for candle making - don't worry, it's all basic kitchen stuff, you've probably got everything you'll need already.

Candle Making Equipment

In this section, we delve into the wonderful world of wicks, waxes, moulds and fragrances. We look at the differences between the wax types, how to choose the right wick and how much fragrance to use.

Candle Making Materials - Waxes, Wicks, Moulds and Fragrances

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Making a Basic Candle
4 Lectures 15:09

In this lecture, I introduce the section and show you how to make a basic pillar candle

Introduction and Pillar Candle walkthrough

In this lecture, I show you how to make a candle in a tea up

Preview 05:26

Pillar Candle Recipes
4 Lectures 42:06

In this lecture, I demonstrate how to make a two colour candle with a rustic texture

Two Colour Rustic Pillar Candle

In this lecture, I use pre-made chunks of wax to make a pillar candle

Chunky Pillar Candle

In this lecture, I use coffee beans and a coffee scent to make a decorative pillar candle

Coffee Pillar Candle

In this lecture, I show you four techniques for decorating candles

Decorating Pillar Candles
Container Candle Recipes
7 Lectures 30:29

In this lecture, I show you how to make a container candle in a plant pot

Flower Pot Candle

In this lecture, I show you how to make a candle in a tin

Tin Candle

In this lecture, I show you how to successfully make glass container candles

Glass Container Candle

In this lecture, I show you how to use two types of wax and some coffee beans to make a lovely decorative candle

Glass & Coffee Bean Container Candle


Troubleshoot candles

Bonus Lecture: What Next?
About the Instructor
4.4 Average rating
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Professional Candle Maker, Writer and Instructional Designer

Founder and Chief Geek at MakingYourOwnCandles-co-uk which has the UK's widest range of candle making kits and equipment. A candlemaker since 2009, I have designed and developed dozens of candle styles and turned them into easy to use kits that have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in the UK and elsewhere.

I am also a published writer - contributing to national magazines in the UK on a regular basis since 1995 as well as authoring a number of books published traditionally and also self published. I write mainly about business and technical subjects. I am the author of the best selling Your Craft Business: A Step by Step Guide which has gone on to sell many thousands of copies to aspiring crafters.

I'm a professional programmer who, over the years has learned and used over a dozen languages for commercial purposes. My current expertise is in PHP, Python, ActionScript and Ruby.

In my leisure time I like to play video games with my son, write fiction and cook.

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