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11 Cool Candle Making Projects for Beginners

Candle making might seem a little intimidating, but it’s actually easier than you’d expect to create your own custom scented candles. Whether you like elegant floral scents or modern citrus fragrances, this roundup of beginner-level candle making projects will have you creating the perfect custom candle in no time at all.

1. Teacup Candles

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Making candles in teacups is a brilliant way to repurpose mismatched vintage dishes while creating handmade gifts for friends and family. Learn more at My Kitchen Antics.

2. Wine Bottle Candles

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Do you love to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day? If so, save those empty bottles and turn them into stylish handmade candles in your favorite scent. Lovely Greens shows you how.

3. Bottle Cap Candles

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Bottle caps are often tossed in the recycling bin without a second thought, but they can be transformed into adorable mini candles that are perfect for camping or outdoor entertaining. Get the details for this project at Pop Sugar.

4. Tin Can Citronella Candles

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Empty soup cans become rustic chic citronella candles in this amazing upcycling project. Head over to Garden Therapy to learn more.

5. Scentsy Candles


Make a new scented candle for your home using leftover Scentsy wax that has lost its fragrance, a recycled glass jar, and the fragrance oil of your choice. This is an easy way to create candles for next to nothing, since your materials are things that would normally go to waste. Capturing Joy by Kristen Duke has the details.

6. Cookie Cutter Candles

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Use cookie cutters as molds to make these fun shaped candles. If you don’t already have cookie cutters in your kitchen, you can easily find a large assortment at your local thrift shop or dollar store.  DIY Gift World shows you how.

7. Terracotta Votives

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Candles made in terracotta flower pots are just right for picnics and other outdoor celebrations.  Sugar and Charm shows you how to make them.

8. Beach Sand Candles

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These beach sand candles bring memories of the beach to any room in your home. Visit Completely Coastal for the candle making tutorial.

9. Seashell Candles

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Tiny candles made inside seashells are the perfect gift for any nature lover. When collecting shells for your project, remember that deep shells such as scallops, clams, and quahogs result in candles that will burn the longest. Visit Martha Stewart for the details.

10. Ice Candles

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Incorporating ice into the candle making process gives your DIY candles a unique textured appearance. Head over to Hello Glow to learn more about this project.

11. Glitter Candles

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Add fine glitter to your jar candles for a sparkly effect that adds a touch of glamour. Ever Mine has the project instructions.