No Thanks
Let

Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Candlemaking

Explore 27 projects, 5 articles, 2 galleries, 18 videos, and more

Sand Candles

Steps:5
expand

Dipped Candles

Steps:5
expand

Light Up a Table with Floating Candles

Steps:3
There's something magical about fire dancing on water. Reflected in the liquid's shimmering surface, the flickers of a candle's flame appear doubly radiant and twice as beautiful. Floating candles add instant atmosphere to a casual summer table, and with our technique, you can create lots of them in only a couple of hours.
Materials
  • Muffin tins or other molds
  • Petroleum jelly or nonstick cooking spray
  • Paraffin or beeswax candles, or wax bricks and color chips
  • Double boiler
  • Candy thermometer
  • Craft sticks, for stirring1 1/4-inch metal-tabbed tea-light wicks
expand

Candle Molds and Beeswax Candles

Steps:13
Tired of the same old pillar candles? You can use any whimsical three-dimensional object found around the house to create a rubber candle mold. For best results, keep the shape fairly simple, like these lovely finial molds.
Materials
  • For the mold: Cordless drill
  • Square of wood
  • Wooden post-top finial
  • Shellac
  • Mold-release spray
  • 3 plastic containers
  • Measuring cup
  • Rubber-mold compound
  • Rubber spatula
  • Utility knife
  • For the candle: Beeswax
  • Double boiler
  • Candy thermometer
  • Candle wick
  • Awl
  • Thin wire
  • Plastic container
  • Coffee stirrers
  • Clothespin
expand

Cookie-Cutter Candles

Steps:3
With 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.
Materials
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Double boiler
  • Craft sticks (for stirring)
  • Candy thermometer
  • Metal-tabbed tea-light wicks
  • Beeswax
expand

Container Candles

Steps:4
These wonderful candles are a fun project that will leave your home beautifully lit and wonderful smelling.
Materials
  • 2/3 cup Hydrogenated soybean wax or food shortening
  • 2 2/3 bars Paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Dye pellets or food coloring
  • 5 teaspoons essential oils (such as vanilla, cinnamon stick, or apple)
  • Stirring spoons
  • Container for candle (able to withstand extremely hot water; has a thick base)
  • Cotton, medium-gauge wick
  • Popsicle stick
  • Metal wick holder
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
expand

Molded Candles

Steps:4
expand

Table Decorations: Cinnamon Candle

Steps:4
expand

Frosty Salted Pillar Candles

Steps:2
expand

Hippocrates Bust Candle

Steps:7
expand

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement