soy candle tutorial + labels

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soy candle tutorial + labels

as promised last week on instagram, i'm excited to share with you a little soy candle tutorial! i'm by no means an expert, but i usually make a large batch of candles each year for christmas and try to make enough extras to last david and i for the rest of the year. many moons ago (before i started going home to roost!) i even did a few craft shows selling nothing but soy candles. they're surprisingly easy to make and super fun!

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first of all let's discuss: why soy?

- soy wax is natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable (paraffin is made from crude oil, which is not renewable).
- soy wax burns longer at a cooler temperature than paraffin wax.
- soy wax produces less soot than paraffin wax- pure soy wax could be used to cook with or as massage oil (though i'm not recommending either)!
- soy wax cleans up easily with warm water- no worries about clothes, countertops or hands.

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next let's talk about supplies. many of the specialty supplies are nice to have but can be substituted with household items which i've outlined below. i've always used candle science for my supplies, but know that you can shop any candle supplier you like!


- soy wax - i like to use golden brands 464. how much wax do you need? 1 pound (20oz) of wax will fill 16oz worth of of containers - for example, 2-8oz containers or 4-4oz containers, etc.

- hot burner - you can also use a stove top, but a hot burner will come in handy when you're not making candles in your kitchen, or you'd like to keep the wax hot right where you're working.

- pouring pitcher - you can also use a regular pot, but make sure it pours well. the last thing you want is hot wax leaking all over everything while you pour!

- wick bars - you'll use these to hold your wick in place as the wax cools. i think you could also rig something yourself (maybe with clothes pins?), but they are inexpensive and nice to have.

- candle containers: for this post i've used medium straight sided jar with gold lids. i've also thrift shopped for glass containers of all kinds! the only thing i've noticed is that when containers get smaller at the top than at the bottom, the wax usually hardens with holes and gaps. i usually just have to finish the tops again to make them smooth, which isn't a huge deal but kind of time consuming.

- fragrance - here i've used cinnamon, blue spruce and pine cones (yum!). 1 oz of fragrance will usually scent about 1 pound of wax. (i've also tried using botanical oils but haven't had much luck with them.)

- pre-tabbed candle wick - for these particular containers, i used eco-14 wicks, but you can use this wick guide to figure out which ones you need.

- hot glue gun - use this to glue the wicks to the bottom of each container.

- color - i usually like to keep my candles white. i love the classy look they have, but if you'd like to add color, it's easy! just stir in a dye chip when you add your fragrance.

- thermometer - any candy thermometer will work.

- labels - though you don't have to label your candles, i think it gives them a really nice, professional look, so i've made you a set of printable labels (see below to download)!

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soy candle tutorial (1)i printed these label on a full page of kraft sticker paper from world label, and then cut them out using a rotary cutter and ruler. i used ribbon font for the fragrance titles in case you'd like to use it as well.

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the .zip file. inside you'll find 1) the above labels as a pdf 2) a blank label pdf  so that you can fill in your own fragrance 3) a transparent png file so you can overlay these labels using any image program 4) an editable .eps file you can open and edit in photoshop or illustrator. whew! (i'm sorry, but i don't have any other file types available, including Word.)

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step 1: place the wax chips in a pouring pitcher (or pot) and heat until melted. remove from heat as soon as it's melted to avoid getting your wax too hot (caution: it can catch on fire!). wax should be about 185°f.

step 2: while your wax is melting, glue the bottom of your pretabbed wicks into each container using a hot glue gun. place the wick bar on top of your container and insert the wick so that it's tight and centered.

step 3: once your wax is melted, remove it from the heat and stir in your fragrance when it's 185°f (and color if you're adding it). 1 oz will usually scent about 1 pound of wax.

step 4: carefully pour the scented melted wax into each of your containers. let cool until wax is hard and white (usually 30-60 minutes).

step 5: remove wick bar and trim wicks to about 1/2 inch long.

step 6: place the lids on each jar and label them if desired. light and enjoy!


why did my candles burn down so fast and make a tunnel?
soy candles need to be burned so that the wax melts right across the container before blowing out the flame each time. if you don't, you'll make a tunnel in the wax. another reason might be that you chose a container that is too wide for one wick.

why did my wax pour end up with holes in it?
holes can come from pouring too hot or using particular brands of soy wax pellets. experiment with pouring temperatures to find what works best for you.

why did my yield come out differently?
for measuring purposes, 20 ounces (weight) of soy wax is equivalent to 16 ounces of fluid volume.

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  • Thank you so much ! I follow you on Instagram and I’m so excited I love to make candles thanks for everything ! Also I am new to your site ❤️

  • These are so cool! Can I ask – how much wax is in each of the jars for the size jars that you made? I obviously don’t want to overbuy on wax, but I want to make sure I have enough for a 12 jar set or so :)

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • hey kaitlyn! if i’m not mistaken, i believe the weight of the wax translates to the container sizes. so, if you wanted to fill a 16oz container (or 2 8oz containers), you would need just over 1 pound (20oz) of wax. does that help/make sense?

  • I never have made candles but have always wanted to. Love the labels! Thanks!

  • Yes! (and duh, haha) Can’t wait to try this out, thanks again for posting!

    • lol, not duh! measurements (especially wet and dry) always confuse me!!

  • Love this idea!! Stocking up on candle-making goodies tomorrow, thanks for the article and awesome Blog!

  • What size are your labels and what software do you use to make them? They are really nice!

    • hi erik! i printed these labesl on a full page of kraft sticker paper from world label, and then cut them out using a rotary cutter and ruler. i used ribbon font for the fragrance titles in case you’d like to use it as well. :)

  • P.S. Are they durable and what Avery number do you use? Thank you!

  • Thank you much Bonnie!

  • I love your printable labels! Can you tell me what color sticker paper you used?

    • hi kristina! they’re from world label- linked to in the above article! :)

  • HEY. just made these cute lil’ candles for Christmas. After making them im wondering if I used enough oils. How much oil per oz? Thanks.

  • Hi!

    I love this tutorial but am having difficulty with the zip file for the labels. Is there any way of sending them to me via e-mail? I downloaded the zip and used 7-zip to unzip but the files wont open with adobe, it says they are corrupt. It’s weird because I’m sure I downloaded them a few weeks ago and they were working fine but now no such luck!

    Thanks in advance

    • hey pam! sure! which file type do you need? xo, bonnie

  • Thank you so much for the informative post and adorable labels! I love it all!

  • hi bonnie!

    thank you for getting back to me :) a word file would be great, is that possible?

  • Hi again Bonnie

    I figured it out, I used another computer so it’s all good :)

    Thank you!

  • Hi!

    I was just about to buy the supplies for these candles on the candle science website and was wondering if the flat gold lids worked for these straight top jars? Or did you use #70 gold twist top (the


  • Thanks so much!!

  • Hi Bonnie! Lost this post and your labels are just the cutest thing, thank you for sharing!
    I see you said you ‘printed these labels on a full page of kraft sticker paper from world label, and then cut them out using a rotary cutter and ruler’. My question for you is what color did you choose or how did you dye the paper for the pretty sand color?

    Thank again for sharing!

    • hey stevie! thanks! the paper comes just like you see – it’s called ‘kraft’. no dyeing needed! :)

  • Hey Bonnie!

    What size mason jar did you use for the candles ? :)


    • hey chelsea! the jars that i used are linked to in the post above. :)

  • Hi Bonnie! i am having trouble editing the labels. it will not let me type my own fragrance onto them. can you email me a Word doc or even the file you used to edit them? Thanks!

    • hi naomi! do you have illustrator? if so, i can send over the .ai file, but i don’t have a word doc available. :)

  • No, I will try to figure it out! Thanks though!;)

  • hello! I was thinking of making candles myself for wedding favors, about how much do you think it’ll cost for materials needed not including the jars?

    • hey kristina! i would suggest making a cart for checkout on their website to get the best idea of costs. :) good luck!

  • I really like your labels.
    Thxs a lot~^^

  • Where exactly do you get the wax from and wick bars from? I would really love to do this.

    • hi kathleen, if you review the post, you’ll see i’ve linked to where i purchased all of the materials. thanks!

  • Hi I just bought my fragrence oils from Candle Science and I’m not getting much a scent from my candles. I did it step by step and the right measurements but not a great hot or cold throw from them… Any other suggestions? Thank you :)

    • hi brelena! i’ve always had excellent throw with their scents, so this may be a better question for candlescience themselves? they’ll be able to discuss your specific wax and fragrance with you in more depth. :)

  • Hi. Thank you for the info. I am brand new to candle making. Do you melt the wax buy putting the pouring pot directly on the burner or do you put a larger pot on with water in it and put the pouring pot in that? Like a double boiler? Thanks again.

  • I cannot edit the labels. Can you email me a word file for the labels? Thanks!

    • hi ruth! unfortunately, i don’t have a word file for these. you’ll need to have a program you can edit them in like photoshop or illustrator, or use the .png file to overlay your text on.

  • Hi Bonnie.
    I love the recipe and design so much thank you! I was just wondering what font you used for the fragrance on the label, it would be great to use it for a different fragrance!
    Thanks, Rhiannon

    • hi rhiannon! i used ‘ribbon’ and ‘quicksand’. hope this helps!

  • Hello.
    I am trying to download your labels because i love love love them and am about to embark on my first candle making adventure, but it won’t open. Is the link broken?

    • hey carly! try right clicking on the link and selecting ‘save link as’. if that doesn’t work, feel free to shoot me an email and i can attach them over to you.

  • Hi Bonnie! I just made a batch and they turned out so great! I, like others, am having trouble with the labels! I love them and can’t wait to use them and put them on. Can you send me an email with a link for your labels? Thank so much!

    • hey sonya! click here to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find 1) the above labels as a pdf 2) a blank label pdf so that you can fill in your own fragrance 3) a transparent png file so you can overlay these labels using any image program 4) an editable .eps file you can open and edit in photoshop or illustrator.

  • Hi! I’ve been making soy candles in the same exact jar, and I too, use Candle Science! I am having trouble with sinkholes. I’ve tried pouring really hot (150 per candlescience) and cooler (135) and I still get them. I know you scent your wax at 185, do you pour that hot as well? I’m wondering if the sinkholes I’m getting are from not pouring hot ENOUGH. Any tips?

    Also, I’m switching to wick stickers- I currently hot glue them to the bottom but when the candle gets low the wick slides around and makes for a wasted half inch at the bottom. Just an FYI!

    Thanks for your feedback!

    • Hey Lauren! Hm, yes maybe you’re not pouring hot enough? Try that and see if it helps! Also, thank you so much for the tip on stickers! I will definitely switch to using those!

  • Hi Bonnie,
    I just ran across your website and would like to use these for a baby shower. I only have Photoshop 7 and I can’t seem to edit the labels. Do I need to do something special ? Would you happen to have a PSD of these ?

    • Hey Kat! Unfortunately, I don’t have PSD format for these. Did you try opening the PDF in Photoshop? You could also import the transparent PNG into PS and work with it that way. I hope this helps!

  • Hi, this tutorial was great ! my candles turned out lovely. was wondering what type of jars you used and where you got them from ?
    thanks xx

    • hi lucy! i got them from candlescience – they are linked in the above post! :)

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