Here’s the secret to finding the perfect candle: Make your own! (Trust us when we say it’s easier than it seems.) Start with our instructional videos and candle-making tips from the experts, and then get creative with your candle-lit creations. Candles add a warm, inviting glow and scent to your home. And they make the perfect DIY décor for any celebration. Think: pumpkin candles for your Thanksgiving table, Christmas tree candles for the holidays, and romantic-themed candles for a dinner date on Valentine’s Day. Make candles that feature a nuanced scent from clean lavender to citrusy lemon or unscented beeswax (for those who have allergies or a sensitive nose). Give them out as DIY gifts or save them for yourself. You’ll never be without a scented, warmly-lit home again.
DIY Birthday CandlesLooking a custom set of candles for a special birthday? Make your own! These DIY candles are 100% customizable and they won't cost as much as store bought!AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
Dip-Dyed Pillar Candles
Elevate plain white pillar candles from blah to beautiful by dipping them in colored wax. They are a striking way to set a table or decorate a mantle.
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10 Ways to Get Creative with CandlesRetreating indoors now that the weather is colder? That doesn't mean your creativity has to go into hibernation. Get cozy with these creative candle ideas.
Candles: Shedding Light On the Various TypesKnow the difference between a votive and a tea candle? What do you call the tool that extinguishes the flame? We shed more than a little light on candle varieties and accessories.
No matter what time of year, outdoors or in, a striking candle centerpiece casts a lovely glow over the table.
Scented Soy Votive CandlesWhat holiday window, mantel, or table is complete without the inviting glow of candlelight? A collection of winter-themed pillar candles or softly scented votive candles is a gift that will make any host beam. And creating -- or just embellishing -- them at home saves money and allows you to customize the color, design, and scent for every person on your list.
Teacup LightsAntique teacups that have lost their saucers still make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.
Lavender CandlesBeyond its appealing aroma, lavender has been shown to help relieve insomnia, stress, and anxiety. Martha Stewart Living crafts director Marcie McGoldrick was inspired to include it in the home-spa products on the pages of the magazine (and in the lip balm). Enjoy the relaxing scent with candles made from soy wax mixed with lavender essential oil.
Cookie-Cutter CandlesWith a set of graduated cookie cutters, you can make stars or other shapes in many sizes. Arrange the candles on a platter, or place them in shallow dishes of water.
Metallic Shell Candleholder CenterpieceWe used clam and scallop shells, and added conch shells and sea stars to the display.
Potted Citronella CandlesKeep unwanted insect guests from crashing your outdoor gatherings with homemade citronella candles tucked into small terra-cotta pots.
Easy Sand CandlesPay tribute to the Stars and Stripes (emphasis on the stripes).
Creepy CandlesMartha demonstrates how to make creepy candles that make sinister Halloween decorations.
Frosty Salted Pillar CandlesPut a handmade spin on pillars and votive candles for the most illuminating gifts of the season.
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How to Make a Gift-Worthy Candle in a Vintage Tea Tin
At antique markets, these collectable tins come in all kinds of charming prints and lettering. In your home? They get a second life when upcycled into one-of-a-kind candles.Video
Make Your Own Citronella CandlesMartha Stewart melts wax in a double boiler, drops in some citronella and pours wax into jars to make citronella candles.Video
Faux Bois Beeswax CandlesMartha Stewart and Tom Tambarello share how to make faux bois beeswax candles that resemble wood branches.Video
Beach Themed Molded CandlesMartha Stewart makes beach themed candles with sand castle toys, old bottles and shells.Video
Autumn Flowers and Candles with Patricia HeatonMartha Stewart makes autumn floral arrangements and is then makes tart tin candles with actress Patricia Heaton.Video
Valentine's Ideas and CraftsMartha Stewart and actress Raquel Welch share romantic ideas for Valentine's Day, create a message in a bottle craft, and make a romantic candle.Video
How to Customize Candle VotivesMartha Stewart offers a viewer tips on using and storing candles, and customizes a votive with a forest pattern.Video
How to Make Halloween Candle BustsMartha Stewart features living statues and uses wax to mold candle busts for Halloween.Video
How To Make Faux Bois Pillar CandlesMartha Stewart wood grains gold paint on a beeswax sheet to make a faux bois candle.Video
Good Thing: How to Make Creepy Halloween VotivesMartha Stewart fills vases with produce, water, food coloring, and wax to make creepy votives for Halloween.Video
Inserting Wick in a Fall Candle with Kelly RipaMartha Stewart and Kelly Ripa put a wick in their fall candles and pour wax to secure them.Video
Fall Candle Making with Kelly RipaMartha Stewart and Kelly Ripa make fall candles with the aid of gourds and rubber compound.Video
Bloody Halloween CandlesMartha Stewart makes decorative bloody candles for Halloween.Video
How to Make Molded Sand CandlesMartha Stewart and guest Hannah Milman use wax and bottles to mold candles in sand.Video
Seashell Candle CraftMartha Stewart fills seashells with melted wax for a candle craft.AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
How to Make Christmas Tree Candles, Part 1Martha Stewart and guest Kathie Lee Gifford roll out wax for Christmas tree candles.Video
Christmas Tree Candles, Part 1Martha Stewart and guest Kathie Lee Gifford make Christmas tree candles.Video
Christmas Tree Candles, Part 2Martha Stewart and guest Kathie Lee Gifford cut out their Christmas tree candles to finish them.