Free Candle Making Project Instructions
Candle making projects of all types may be found here. If you are looking for some new ideas or just want to jazz up your plain candles the following candle making projects should help. From basic candle decorating techniques to advanced candle procedures there is something for everyone to learn how to do it, and more projects are added regularly.
Bob Sherman has been publishing free candle making articles to the internet since 1997 and has a huge archive of projects and instructions that is being rewritten and modernized for republishing here. If you have been looking at candle making articles on the web for a few years you may recognize some of these. Most of these candle making projects are heavily illustrated and include a linked materials list for your convenience.
If you prefer to browse the free projects by looking at photos, see the Free Project Thumbnail Directory.
For general basic instructions see Candle Making Instructions.
General Candle Making Projects
Autumn Leaves Hurricane Shell Candle
Use silk leaves to make this stunning candle. Since this candle uses replaceable votives the scent may be changed as often as desired and it will last a very long time. Heavily illustrated.
Basic Votive Making Instructions
Illustrated guide for making 15 hour votives.
Blueberry Muffin Candle
A faux food candle that is easy to make, fun to display, and burns well. Illustrated.
Cake Candle Project
Step by step instructions for making the popular cake style candle.
Chocolate Pudding Candle
A quirky faux food candle that is easy to make, fun to display, and burns well. Illustrated.
Chunk Hurricane Shell Candle
A beautiful candle made by embedding wax chunks in a hurricane shell. Since this candle uses replaceable votives the scent may be changed as often as desired and it will last a very long time. Heavily illustrated.
A interesting surface technique. May be used on purchased candles or make them yourself. Illustrated.
Cold Pour Candles
A simple way to make rustic candles. Illustrated.
Cut 'n Curl Candle Basics
This four part article is the most popular series of articles Bob Sherman has ever written. Explains step by step the basics of cut 'n curl candle carving. Experienced candle makers will love these. Heavily illustrated.
A fancy version of firestarters - great for making gift baskets. Recycle your leftover and scrap wax to make these useful starters for your fireplace, wood burning stove, or campfires. Illustrated.
Drilled Cutout Candle
Make this great polka dot candle. Fully illustrated.
Embedded Paper Hurricane Shell Candle
Another variant of hurricane shell candles. Heavily illustrated three page article.
Recycle your leftover and scrap wax to make these useful starters for your fireplace, wood burning stove, or campfires. Illustrated.
This unique candle uses several techniques. Fully Illustrated.
Flower Pot Candles
An explanation of how to safely use inexpensive flower pots to create container candles. Lightly illustrated.
Fresh Corn Candle Project
This project combines molding, dipping and carving. Illustrated.
Hand Dipped Taper Candles
Learn the basics of dipping tapered candles. Fully Illustrated.
Hot Fudge Sundae Candle Project
A fun faux food candle using a variety of techniques. Illustrated.
Instructions for layering several colors of wax in one candle. A candle making staple.
Lightweight Fire Starters
These fire starters are made from recycled materials, weigh only 1/10 ounce and will burn for 10 minutes. Great for backpacking. Fully illustrated.
This fun surface technique can also be used on purchased candles. Fully Illustrated.
Moon / Asteroid Candle
Simple and fast surface technique for candles.
Mud Candle Project
A fun to make rustic / primitive style candle.
Mushroom Candle Project
Uses a basic sand off sand casting technique. Fully Illustrated.
This is an interesting variant of chunk candles. Fully Illustrated.
Recycled Chunk Candles
This is an add on to our wax recycling articles. Fully Illustrated.
Rustic Corrugated Candles
This three page project shows step by step how to make rustic corrugated pillar candles. Heavily Illustrated.
This project shows how to mold candles in sand with the sand on. Fully illustrated.
These candles are simple to do and make great gifts. Fully illustrated.
Snow Molded Candles
These fun candles will help you enjoy that next snowstorm.
Steak And Potato Candle
Another fun faux food candle. This projects goes into some detail on painting methods as well. Fully Illustrated.
This simple technique provides a rustic terry cloth appearance.
Tie Dye Candle Type I
This simple surface technique can turn even the plainest of candles into works of art.
Tie Dye Candle Type II
This is a radically different technique for making tie dye type candles. Heavily illustrated.
Travertine Marble Candle
This process makes unique marbled candles. Illustrated.
These candles are a great way to use up leftover wax. Fully illustrated.
Learn how to make these unique candles.
Waxed Teddy Bear Air Freshener
Learn to make these popular air fresheners using stuffed animals and scented wax. Fully illustrated.
Using a color over dip and cookie cutters can be used to create some unique candles. Illustrated.
Christmas Candle Making Projects
Beeswax Tree Ornaments
This fun project uses beeswax and chocolate molds to make Christmas ornaments. Illustrated.
Candy Cane Candle
This project shows how to embed candy canes in candles. Illustrated.
Peppermint Stick Candle
This fun candle looks like a peppermint stick. Illustrated.
Easter Candle Making Projects
Bunny Applique Candle
A basic candle with appliques made in a chocolate mold. Heavily Illustrated.
Halloween Candle Making Projects
Jack O Lantern Candle
This is a fun variation of balloon candles with a holiday twist. Heavily Illustrated.
Mother's Day Candle Making Projects
#1 Mom Applique Candle
A basic candle with appliques made in a chocolate mold. Heavily Illustrated.
Patriotic Candle Making Projects
Independence Day Candle
A multi technique candle project that resembles a red, white, and blue firecracker. Fully illustrated.
Saint Patrick's Day Candle Making Projects
Green Beer Candle Project
A wax version of this Saint Patrick's Day Favorite. Fully Illustrated.
Shamrock Chunk Candle
This project uses wax chunks to dress up a plain molded shamrock candle. Fully Illustrated.
Candle Related Projects
Gel Air Fresheners Project
Use gelatin and candle scent to make these room fresheners. Not a candle. Fully Illustrated.
Look for many new projects coming soon.
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Author: Bob Sherman
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