How to Make a Candle Wick

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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

Step 2: Melting the Wax

First, cut the string to size. Then, melt the wax and soak the string in it. Finally, take out the string with the pliers and let the wick cool off.

Step 3: Finshed

Once the string has cooled off, you can put it to use in a candle.

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Artistmom123

7 weeks ago

https://youtu.be/XrflifL2dH4
I learned this tip many years ago. Please don’t use wire or synthetic materials. Those metals and plastics are then in the air you are breathing. I have stopped using paraffin candles inside the home and only burn my old unhealthy candles on the patio. Here is a tip; Place your old burned-down jarred candles on a cookie sheet in a very low oven and allow to melt. Use this old wax to create “new” candles or, you can add citronella oil to an old jarred candle to which you have added a new wick. You can also pour that old wax “sludge” into cardboard egg cartons to make dandy fire starters. Hope this helps!

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2026mazure

Question 2 months ago on Step 2

I used acrylic yarn will that work

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ironsmiter

5 years ago on Introduction

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

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QueenC4ironsmiter

Reply 3 months ago

Would also works well it is taking it to the top of the inside of your freezer it hardens quickly take a shish kabob stick and put a piece of tape at the top of the wick put the stick over the Mould or whatever year making a candle in put over the top of it

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Frugal Girlironsmiter

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.

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ironsmiterFrugal Girl

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

No ible on that... but it is so super simple, you will probably laugh.

Take a piece of florist wire(or any other thin, stiff wire), slightly sharpen one end, and skewer the cotton wick onto it.

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!
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

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Frugal Girlironsmiter

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

The long wick is chopped into 1 inch lengths and used in either spent tea light wick holders or a homemade wick holder.

I like the idea of the sharpened wire, thank you!

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ironsmiterFrugal Girl

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-oil-burning-candle/step3/
If you didn't want to reuse the tealight base.
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.

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.

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Frugal Girlironsmiter

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.
All the photos are on my group- you're most welcome to join and share your ideas
https://www.facebook.com/groups/326267467511640/

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QueenC4Bret16

Reply 3 months ago

Guess that depends on how big you aren't Rick candle

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Loopylou17

2 years ago

hi there

Does anyone know how to purchase the right thickness candle wax...for the different size candles?

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QueenC4Loopylou17

Reply 3 months ago

Wax is wax it doesn't really have a thickness as to the diff. size candles that depends on the size of your mold ( you know what your pouring wax into) before it has a chance to cool down dry and Harden.

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DIYfinder2004

2 years ago

Does anyone have any tips for senting candles? All I have is pepermint and I don't know how that would smell with crayons.

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QueenC4DIYfinder2004

Reply 3 months ago

There's different scented oils you can buy which you pour in the wax when it's melted (whenever &/or if your adding dye is when you add your scented oil) then wa-lah mix it together when it's liquid form & that's it then pour & let wax cool.

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MarieW67DIYfinder2004

Reply 2 years ago

Anything oild based I use Wilton treatology. They smell amazing my favorite sent is warm cinnamon graham