DIY Home Decor: Adding a Personal Touch with Scented Candles


Making your own vanilla candles at home is a joy and easy way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. Plus, you can customise the scent and appearance of the candles to suit your personal preferences. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own vanilla candles using soy wax, essential oils, and vanilla beans.

What You Need to Make Your Own Candles at Home

These are the ingredients and utensils you’ll need to craft your own vanilla scent candle. Make sure to have all of them at hand before you start: 

  • Soy Wax;
  • Vanilla Beans;
  • Essential Oils (optional);
  • Candle Wicks;
  • Candle Tins or Glass Jars;
  • Double Boiler or Wax Melting Pot;
  • Thermometer;
  • Scissors;
  • Stir Stick;
  • Glue Dots or Wick Stickers.

Step-by-Step Guide to Make Your Own Candles at Home

Preparing the Container

Start by preparing your candle tins or glass jars by cleaning and drying them thoroughly. Then, cut your candle wicks to the appropriate length for your container, leaving about a half-inch of wick above the top of the container. Use glue dots or wick stickers to secure the wick to the ground of the container.

Melting the Wax

Next, measure out your soy wax. You will need about 8–10 ounces of wax for each 8 oz candle tin or glass jar. Melt the wax in a double boiler or wax melting pot, making sure to keep the temperature between 130-160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Adding the Vanilla

While the wax is melting, prepare the vanilla beans by cutting them in half lengthwise and scraping out the seeds. Mix the seeds into the melted wax, and continue heating until the wax reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This is how you get the perfect Madagascar vanilla scent.

Enhancing the Scent with Essential Oils

If desired, you can add essential oils to your candles to enhance the vanilla scent. Vanilla oil can help balance hormones, reduce inflammation and prevent cancer. This oil is an excellent choice, but you can also experiment with other complementary scents, such as lavender, jasmine, and citrus. Add 1–2 drops of essential oil per ounce of wax.

Pouring the Wax

Once the wax has reached 160 degrees Fahrenheit, carefully pour it into the prepared candle tins or glass jars. Be sure to pour the wax slowly to avoid any bubbles from forming.

Centring the Wick

Allow the candles to cool for about 30 minutes, then gently centre the wick and press it down into the wax. Once the wax has hardened, you can trim the wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax.

Finishing and Cooling

Allow the candles to fully cool and harden for several hours or overnight.

Customising Your Candles

You can customise the appearance of your candles by experimenting with different container shapes, colours, and sizes. Additionally, you can play around with the amount of vanilla and essential oils to find the perfect fragrance for your home. Using high-quality vanilla beans will ensure the best scent and flavour in your candles, and these candles should last for a considerable amount of time.

Don’t feel like making your own candles today?

If you don’t feel like making a vanilla candle at home, you can buy great vanilla-scented soy candles online. Many brands offer high-quality products made from natural ingredients that will allow you to enjoy the soothing scent of vanilla in your home without having to lift a finger.

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