DIY Microwave Candle

Candles make me happy. Light a candle and instantly you bring light and warmth to a setting, making it feel cozy and special. Ever since college I’ve always had several candles to light at night, sometimes at the same time. And last year I started making them.


It hit me one night, sitting on my couch across from a coffee table littered in candles, that I spend way too much on candles, especially as someone with anosmia. Let’s say you spent $12 a candle, and you buy four candles. That’s $48 just for candles! There’s got to be a way to cut down on that expense without sacrificing how great candles are.

That’s when my DIY brain got working and I discovered microwave candles.

The simplest DIY that takes less than 10 minutes. And you can make a variety of scents depending on the season, reuse your jars over and over again, and they make for the perfect gift! Seriously, for roughly $50 starting costs – the cost of four candles – I have made 20 candles, didn’t spend a dime on Christmas, and my apartment has never looked or smelled so great.

So, if you’re ready to get on the DIY candle train, here’s how you can get started.

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DIY Microwave Candles




  1. Choose a container for your candle. I found this adorable cosmetics container at Target {similar here}, but get creative. I’ve used mugs, mini bowls, and random jars. Just make sure it is safe in heat and you’re good to go!
  2. Fill your container with water and pour it into the measuring cup. That’s how much melted wax you’re going to want to make. Dump water.
  3. Fill your measuring cup with wax and microwave for one minute.
  4. Remove from microwave and stir. Microwave for another minute.
  5. Depending on how much wax you put in, it should be melted. Add more wax as needed to reach amount needed for container. Repeat one minute increments until wax is all melted and container is hot to touch.
  6. When the wax has cooled a little, add your candle dye and essential oils. Stir with spoon to fully incorporate. If you’re using soy wax, I find about 90 drops of oil is great for a medium sized candle.
  7. With your container, arrange your wick in the center and wrap the end around a pen, balancing it across the top of the container. The wider the circumference {there’s a $10 word} of your container is, the more wicks needed.
  8. Pour the wax into the container, carefully to not pour directly onto the wick.
  9. If you’re fancy, take this time to sprinkle something on top, like lemon zest, dried lavender, or glitter for a little flair.
  10. Wait a day for the candle to solidify before burning.
  11. Enjoy!

Making candles gives me so much freedom to play around. I’m constantly trying new scent combinations and love making them for people I love. There’s something special about making a candle for someone that they’ll love.

What DIY should I try next?

Stay classy, Internet,

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