To make homemade wood wick candles, start by pre-warming the candle containers to prevent breakage. Next, melt the wax in a double boiler, then place the wood wick in the center of each container and pour the melted wax around it. Once the wax is cooled and hardened, the candles are ready to light.
- Warm the containers
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit or the lowest temperature setting available. Place the clean, empty candle container or containers on a baking sheet, and place them in the oven.
- Melt the candle wax
Set up a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pot of water. Bring the water to boil, and lower the heat to a simmer. Alternatively, use a candle wax melting pot. Place the candle wax in the bowl, and melt it.
- Add the wood wick
Once the wax is nearly melted, remove the containers from the oven. Place a dot of hot glue in the center of the bottom, and press the wood wick into the container. Repeat for each container when making multiple candles.
- Fill the containers
Slowly pour melted wax into the warm candle container. Fill it just to the jar's widest point. Avoid splashing wax onto the wood wick.
- Cool the candles
Let the melted wax cool until it is completely hardened. Once it's set, trim the wick to 1/8 inch with nail clippers.