More Homemade Soy Candles

More Homemade Soy Candles

My 10 year old daughter’s own batch of homemade soy votive candles, colored purple and pink for Advent and scented with vanilla and apple cinnamon

Last year was the first time I tried making my own soy candles as homemade Christmas gifts.  I enjoyed the process so much, I did it again this year.  So if you are a friend or relative…guess what you might be getting!  My daughter, B, also eagerly helped me this time.  This morning, she even took the time to make 3 extra purple soy candles.  This way, we had some of them for ourselves for Advent.  Soy is a good choice for votives because it burns longer and cleaner than other types of wax.  However, it is too soft to make good tapers.


  • soy wax ( I go through 3.5 – 3.7 ounces for each candle)
  • 4 oz mason jars with lids (I like the pretty crystal looking kind for this project)
  • ready made lead free braided candle wicking – I bought a big spool last year
  • *Crayola crayons or other commercially available wax colorants (I have read crayons are not ideal for coloring soy candles, but so far after 4 batches, it works okay for me)
  • fragrance oil
  • clothes pins
  • aluminum pitcher designed for candle making.  Really any pot will do, but it is hard to clean the waxy stuff off afterwards, and it isn’t as easy to pour.
  • water filled pot to make double boiler with pitcher
  • long handled spoon for stirring
  • candy thermometer

I am weighing the wax before melting to make sure I have enough. Unmelted flakes look like a lot more than it really is. The volume melts down by about 1/2 to 2/3.
B stirring the melting soy wax over the stove
Melted Soy Wax just after adding red crayon for a medium pink color. It looks red when melted, but it cools to a pretty pink.  If we wanted red candles, we could use many red crayons or a wax colorant block.
Candles after the wax is poured into jars with clothes pin holding the wick centered and steady

My candle making steps

  1. measure out 3.5 oz soy wax flakes for each candle mason jar I plan to make
  2. slowly melt wax in pitcher over double boiler on stove
  3. meanwhile trim wicks long enough to reach bottom of jar plus extra to position inside clothes pin holder
  4. dip each individual wick inside the melted wax and set aside on tray or plate to cool
  5. gently add coloring at 180 degrees
  6. stir until melted completely
  7. remove from heat and set aside to allow to cool to 140 degrees
  8. when wicks are cool to touch, clip clothes pin on wick at desired length to rest over and inside jar. Set aside.
  9. add fragrance to pitcher once cooled to 140 degrees
  10. stir
  11. slowly pour wax into jars
  12. add wicks with clips to hold in place during cooling period
  13. let cool
  14. if any candles have concave tops after cooling, add a thin layer of remaining remelted wax from pitcher, but pre dipping wicks helps prevent this.
  15. remove clothes pins and trim wick to desired length

*The process takes me about 3 hours from start to set and cooled.  Once completely cooled, I add the lids to keep in fragrance.  On average each candle costs me about $2 to make, and that is using a coupon to buy the wax.  Other types of waxes are much less expensive to use, but I like that soy burns cleaner and longer.  A similar sized specialty candle, like Yankee candle , retails between $8-$12.

3 thoughts on “More Homemade Soy Candles

  1. Ive been doing soy candles for a few months now and I love it. Ive been trying different types of wicks but havent seemed to find one I really like. The wicks either burn out or dont get hot enough to melt the wax to the edge of the candle. Do you like the wicks you use? I think I will try what you did and wax them yourself.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been looking for soy advent candles and going back and forth about making them. Thank you for giving me the confidence to do it! You really make it look simple. I do have a question, how did you color the purple candles? And how much crayon would you use for only three candles and how much for the one pink candle?

    1. I am glad you found my post helpful. We used about 1 1/2 purple crayola crayons in about 15 oz of soy flakes. We put one crayon in the already white melted wax. It was about 180 degrees. Once the crayon was fully melted and mixed, we then drizzled a tiny bit on a white ceramic dinner plate to check for color. When the drizzle quickly dried, we could see the final color ahead of time. My daughter wanted darker so we added another half of a crayon. We again did the drizzle color test. If it is too dark, add more wax and get an extra candle out of it. The pink was from one of my gift batches when I made a dozen candles. It was approx. 3 lbs wax to 2 1/2 red crayons. Best wishes!

      May you and your family have a blessed Advent season in preparation for Christmas,

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