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Hey Bulkers! Here’s a quick, easy little recipe for candles using a wooden wick. If you haven’t tried them yet, they’re a fun alternative to the standard candle wick, and you can use them as a substitute in any of our candle recipes!

You only need a few items to make them and in no time at all, you’ll have your very own handmade candles that are sure to impress even the pickiest of friends.

Gather up your supplies and get to work!


3 1/2 – 4 cups Candle Wax (I used CB-Advanced Soy)

Vanilla Butter Fragrance Oil (yum!)

Mason Jar

Wooden Wick and Metal Clip

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Using a glass or plastic measuring cup with a spouted lip (or a similar container- the spout really helps with clean pouring), melt the wax. This can be done in the microwave using short intervals of heat or in a water bath over medium heat on a stovetop. I tend to use the microwave method to save time and reduce the number of dishes I have to clean up.

Dip the metal clip end of the wooden wick into the melted wax and secure it to the center bottom of the jar. Apply gentle but firm pressure to the wick until the wax has cooled and hardened.

Carefully pour the wax into the jar. Be sure not to fill it all the way to the top. You need to allow room for the fragrance oil to be added and you want about 1/4 inch space between the wax and the top of the jar once it’s cooled.

Now add your fragrance oil. I added about 35-40 drops (slightly less than a tablespoon) to mine for a noticeable scent. You can adjust this to suit your preferences.


Allow the candle to completely cool and harden before use. I typically wait about 24-48 hours before burning. The wooden wicks make a soft crackling sound when burning to create a beautiful ambiance in any home!

Enjoy! Let us know if you try out this recipe or any others from our blog!

Simple Wooden Wick Candle Recipe

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As with all products, users should test a small amount prior to normal extended use. If pregnant or suffering from illness, consult a doctor before use. 

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  1. Hello-When using a normal wick, the size is determined by diameter of the container. The websites’ description doesn’t say how to determine the correct size, other than the length. I make several different sizes-would love to try these!

  2. A range of 0.5 oz to 1 oz of fragrance oil per 3-5 pounds of is our recommendation; so, for 1 lbs. you can use around 4-6 drops or a little less than a teaspoon.

  3. I’m a little disappointed I used the other wicks in the hermes jars and used a tbs of fragrance oil. They do not smell at all. I have made two different scents and neither of them smell. Can anyone enlighten me on what I might be doing wrong. I really love candles and I used the mica powder for color is this ok or could it be a problem

  4. Hi! I made soy wax candles and two things happened =(

    1) The finish wasn’t as neat as yours (lumps and holes at the surface and inside)
    2) When lit, the melted wax or pool was too deep, almost half of the jar….

    How can I avoid this?


  5. Please explain why one can not use a Popsicle stick as a wooden wick? It would be very helpful in my understanding of wicks. Other types of wooden wicks are rather expensive even buying them in bulk. I recently started making my own soy candles but don’t have the extra funds to always buy a high priced set of “special wooden wicks” every time I’ll ike to make a few candles for my own home or for friends. Links and references would be nice as well if possible. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Emmi. I used basket reed I had for wick and it burned just fine. You could give a popsicle stick a try and see what happens. Because it is thick it may burn hot and it may be hard to light at first. If it doesn’t work you can melt the wax out of your jar and try again. Experiment, be creative!

  6. I used 1 oz per pound of oil. How much vybar should I use to bind mine together? Im having issues not being able to catch much scent when I use small doses.

  7. I have made my first candle using a wooden wick and am on my third burn. I didn’t use any color in the soy wax. The top portion of the wax is discolored, it’s ‘dirty’. When using the regular wicks this does not happen. What is the reason for this and if I used color would it hide the discoloration? Thx!

    1. This is a natural occurrence with the natural wood wick, and natural soy wax;you won’t experience the discoloration with cotton wicks, or paraffin wax. Coloring the wax can possibly conceal some of the discoloration.

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