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Did you know that you can make a candle wick out of household items? In this Instructable I will demonstrate how to make a candle wick out of common household supplies. 

Step 1: Supplys

-scissors
-wax
-pliers
-cotton string
<p>Does anyone have any tips for senting candles? All I have is pepermint and I don't know how that would smell with crayons.</p>
<p>essential oils...either bought or homemead...can be made with herb of your choice steeped in extra virgin olive oil (preferably extra virgin) for three days then strain thru pantyhose or cheesecloth and there is your essential oil! add to your wax when it is melted right before you set your candles...scented! enjoy!<br></p>
<p>Thanks for the tips</p>
If I were you I would, take any of your essential oils. Or you can melt your fruit smell or something like in pot. This is what I did I used strawberries. First I put the strawberries in a pot then I had them sizzling for about 2 minutes then I put the wax in and mixed it in. Put it in the glass cup or whatever you are using to for the candle. I took some mod modge painted it on the sides of the cup and put up sprinkles in the bottom and put my hand over the top the cup and shook the cup around till there was so ankles over all of the sides of the cup. And let it dry first though. Hopefully this will answer your question
These are the candles I made now this is my first time doing this so please be kind :)
Those look great. Thank you for the pictures can you use the candle more to than once<br>
<p>@StephanieC95, I second that; they look great! </p><p>@candlemaker1981: I love the color as well. With some cinnamon leaf oil, they'd be great for fall/winter. Hm, it makes me want to attempt to make some! Thanks for sharing your pictures ☺</p>
<p>I think that these look great! I am really wanting make some candles..just for fun (at least at first..hopefully I get good enough to make them as gift)...but if mine look like this on MY first try...they will Birthday presents for sure!!! :D You have given me confidence! Thank you! :)</p>
<p>I don't have any wax. Any tips on what I can do?</p>
<p>U can use crayons.</p><p>Melt them in a sauce pan and Presto!!!!</p><p> U R Done </p>
Melt down an old candle
You can use melted crayons
<p>You can recycle bacon grease into candles. Strain your used grease (while warm in liquid form) through a paper towel placed in a rice strainer into a pan. Add some wax (you can use the remnants of used candles, ideally unscented to retrain the bacon smell) and heat on low stirring gently until the bacon grease and was combines. Pour this mixture into a recycled container (pickle jar, can, or any metal/glass container) and then insert your wick. Lay a pencil or chopstick across the opening of the container and tie the wick to it. This will keep the wick straight while the wax/grease solidifies. Once it's solid untie the wick (carefully without pulling it out of the candle) and cut it to an ideal length. The wicks described in this instructable would work great in this application.</p>
<p>just buy a candle and use the left over wax from it</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing your idea. The crayon idea is a good one too. I will let you know how mine turns out. Thank you again</p>
<p>Can you use hemp?</p>
<p>I tried to do this project and even used the thin wire but as soon as I lit it it burnt out in less than 2 seconds! Any tips on what i might be doing wrong? Also how long should I let it sit in and out of the wax?</p>
<p>I think all wicks will burn out quickly without a candle to put them in. Try putting the wick in a candle first, so the wick can have some wax to burn up.</p>
This was by far the most confusing way to explain how to make waxes wick I didn't see where you would have to use wire I didn't so I have a fast burning wick that's useless this was a simple way to make wick but never knew that the main ingredient to a good strong slow burning wick is by using a certain wire that makes it burn longer I mean I messed up cause I have no wire nor did I use any but the main thing is I learned how to make candles homemade and that is because of this website so thank you now that I know what to do I guess better luck next time! :)
<p>100% cotton yarn is good too.</p>
That's not true Idipped my yarn in wax and let it dry as soon as i lit it the flame quickly burnt it down and went out it will not light up again I poured all that wax into some old jars that had candle that burnt down to empty and also used a candle holder which was my decorative piece and put the waxed wick in now it's useless it was a cotton yarn I used
Oh I see, you have to braid the yarn around some wire thin wire right?
<p>Can i use normal string or is it not the same??</p>
<p>*Supplies :)</p><p>Cool! I'm going to do this sometime!</p>
<p>How would you do the wire in it? I didnt really understand...</p>
<p>Will any glass container do or does it have to be special hardened glass ?</p>
<p>Any glass should work fine </p>
<p>This works amazingly! Thanks!</p>
<p>Can you braid the twine? It would be easier to braid the wick around wire (if you are using wire). Also I've seen just your regular 3 strand braid and a square braid type of wick.. Anyone know how to square braid? How many strands? Also, if you are braiding at all, does anyone know how much longer to cut the strings so after braiding, it'll be close to the size you want? Thanks! Wild Whippet Woman BTW LOVE THIS SITE!!!!</p>
if you want to be super wick master, a thin piece of wire run in the cotton thread before waxing, wil give it that stiffness you've come to expect from commercial wicks
Hi, do you have an instructable on that? I made wick today- about a meter in length. It's quite rigid but always interested in other ideas.
No ible on that... but it is so super simple, you will probably laugh. <br> <br>Take a piece of florist wire(or any other thin, stiff wire), slightly sharpen one end, and skewer the cotton wick onto it. <br> <br>3 foot long wick? that is probably a little beyond what i would call a wick. Unless you are making a candle to power a lighthouse! <br>If it is not for a candle.... although you CAN make it yourself, you are probably better off ordering it from someplace like http://www.seriousjuggling.com/kevlar-fire-wick.htm
The long wick is chopped into 1 inch lengths and used in either spent tea light wick holders or a homemade wick holder. <br> <br>I like the idea of the sharpened wire, thank you!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-oil-burning-candle/step3/ <br>If you didn't want to reuse the tealight base. <br>I've added a quick 3 image Paperclip wick. In the final image, you can see the very tip of the metal sticking out of the yarn. <br> <br>Metal twist ties(like off of a bag of bagels) work even better. the wire is much thinner, but still plenty stiff. An added bonus for tea lights is, the metal conducts the heat, melting the wax better.
Yes, I like this- similar to what I do- in my instructables. A friend has just devised another floating wick using a tea light cup (minus the tea light) as a boat- he has two versions- one is you make a hole in the base- pushing a sharp pointed tool through from the bottom without turning the tea light cup over- doing it this way means that after you insert your wick you can use your fingers or pliers to crimp the hole closed. The other one he does is still using the tea light holder as a boat but he attaches the springs from clothes pegs to the edges, he has maybe two or three then he can burn three wicks. <br>All the photos are on my group- you're most welcome to join and share your ideas <br>https://www.facebook.com/groups/326267467511640/
I did my first instructable today- it was also on making wick, a longer length. Iy might interest you :)

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