DIY Candle Making Party Ideas

Is a candle-making party something you’re considering? If this is your first time hosting an event, you will need to plan accordingly.

Candle-making parties include the gathering of a collective of relatives and acquaintances, who gather with the purpose of individually crafting their own personalized candles. If you’re the one hosting, make sure you have enough of wax, ideas, equipment, and possibilities for creativity for your guests.

Hosting a DIY candle making party may be a terrific way to give your guests a taste of something new, and learning how to make candles is a fun and interesting hobby. To make their own unique candles, guests can try out different scents and types of wax, which can help them get more creative.

Pre-Party Preparations

It takes some planning to have a good candle making party, making sure everyone has what they need and that the setting is safe and inviting.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your candle making party.

Setting the Date and Venue

Plan your party at least three weeks ahead of time. You’ll have enough time to get ready and invite your friends. If possible, plan your party so that it doesn’t conflict with any major holidays, school vacations, or other major events in the area.

Choose a location that fits your party’s size, theme, and budget. You can rent an intimate and comfortable event space. As long as you have adequate room, tables, chairs, and outlets for your candle making equipment, you may also have your party in your own house or garden.

Guest List and Invitations

picture of a handmade invitation

Prepare for your candle making party by thinking about who you’d want to invite. Consider how many people your workstation can comfortably handle, and attempt to keep the guest list small. Invite anybody who enjoys crafts or has showed an interest in creating candles. It’s also an excellent chance to introduce someone to the hobby!

You may send out invites to your guests by text message, email, social media, or even traditional paper invitations. You need to specify the date, time, place, and concept of your party in your invitation. You might also ask your guests to RSVP and tell you if they have any preferences for the smells or colors of the candles you will be using.

Budgeting and Supplies

There are a few basic supplies you’ll need to make your own candles, like wax, wicks, containers, molds, a melting pot, a thermometer, a scale, and more.

How much it costs to make candles varies on what you use and how much you use. Soy wax is less expensive than beeswax, and metal tins are more expensive than glass jars. You can also use some of the tools and containers again for other candle-making projects.

You may modify the recipe and the budget to suit your tastes and demands. You may also get creative with your candles by using various forms, colors, and smells. Here are some ideas for DIY candles you may create for your party.

Scent Selection and Candle Styles

Candles may be personalized in many ways, including fragrance, color, form, and packaging. Here are some suggestions and ideas for scents and candle styles:

Scent Selection

Candles may be scented in a variety of ways, including with essential oils, aroma oils, or natural ingredients. Plant-based essential oils are used in aromatherapy for their therapeutic properties. Synthetic fragrance oils can imitate a variety of aromas, including those of food, florals, and perfume. Herbs, spices, citrus peels, and coffee beans are examples of natural components that may give your candles a lovely finishing touch. You’re free to experiment with various fragrance combinations to find your favorite combinations.

Candle Styles

To produce your candles, you may use a variety of waxes, including paraffin, beeswax, and soy wax. Beeswax and soy wax are natural and environmentally beneficial alternatives, but paraffin wax is more accessible and less expensive. You can also choose from a variety of candle containers, including glass canisters, metal tins, ceramic vases, and even fruit or seashells. You may use paint, ribbons, labels, stickers, or stickers to adorn your containers. Additionally, you have the option to shape your candles into various designs, such hearts, flowers, animals, or stars.

DIY Candle Making Essentials

woman making candle 

A candle making party is fun for everyone and offers the opportunity to try something new. On the day of your party, you must make sure everything is prepared; you don’t want to have to make any last-minute purchases.

There are a few essentials you’ll need on hand to have a candle making party. With these, you’ll be well-equipped to conduct a creative and entertaining candle-making party!

Candle Making Basics

Making your own candles is an art as well as a science. With many varieties of candles to make, such as pillars, container candles, and even wax melts. 

But before we get started, you may be curious about what the process of creating candles entails. The following are the basic stages involved in making candles:

  • Protect your workspace from accidental spills by laying down a layer of newspaper or wax paper.
  • Attach a wick to the bottom of the container using a glue dot or hot glue. Check that the wick is straight and centered.
  • Fill a container with water and place a pouring vessel inside to create a double boiler. Bring the water to a simmer.
  • Measure your wax and add it to the pouring pitcher. Use a scale to determine how much wax you need. Typically, three 8-ounce candles may be made with one pound of wax.
  • Melt the wax over medium-low heat, stirring it frequently with a stirring stick made of metal or glass. Check the wax’s temperature using a thermometer. Because the melting points of the different types of wax vary, it is important to carefully follow the recommendations provided on the packaging.
  • Add the fragrance oil into the wax by following to the recommended quantity specified for the specific sort of wax being used. Make sure to really mix the wax and fragrance oil together.
  • Add the desired amount of liquid dye to the wax to achieve the desired color intensity. Begin with a few drops and gradually add more until you achieve the desired hue. Make sure the color and wax are properly mixed and distributed.
  • Check the wax’s temperature again. Before pouring into your container, it should be about 135°F (57°C). Pour the wax into your container with care, allowing approximately 1/2 inch (1 cm) of space at the top. Put a wick holder or a popsicle stick across the top of your container and attach the other end of the wick to it. By doing this, the wick will stay straight and in the middle.
  • Allow the candle to totally cool and solidify, ideally overnight and trim the wick to approximately 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) above the surface of the wax.

Materials and Tools

picture of glassware and pot for candle making 

You will need to ensure that you have sufficient supplies for everyone who will be attending the party. To ensure that your visitors enjoy a beautiful candle that burns evenly, you need to get as many high-quality ingredients as you possibly can. 

The following are necessary components for creating candles:

    • Wax. This is the most important component of your candle. You may choose from a variety of waxes, including soy wax, beeswax, and coconut wax.
    • Wick. The section of the candle that burns and generates the flame. There is a wide variety of wicks available, including those made of cotton, wood, paper, and many more materials. When making a candle, you need to choose the appropriate size and kind of wick for the candle based on the type of wax, the diameter of the container or mold, and the amount of fragrance that will be used.
    • Containers Or Molds. You will need a container to hold the molten wax and a mold to create the candles. You may use glass jars, metal canisters, ceramic cups, or any other container that is heat-resistant and robust. To make various shapes, like stars, hearts, or flowers, you can also use metal or plastic molds.
    • Fragrances. You can make your candles smell great by adding scents to them. You can use fragrance oils or essential oils that are made just for making candles. There are many different fragrances available. The quantity of fragrance required depends on the type and quantity of wax used. As a general guideline, 1 ounce of scent per pound of wax is recommended.
    • Double Boiler. To properly and evenly melt your wax, you’ll need a double boiler. A pot with water in it that has another pot or bowl on top is called a double boiler. Without coming into touch with the heat source, the upper pot or bowl is heated by the steam produced by the boiling water. 
  • Thermometer. A thermometer is required for checking the temperature of the melted wax. The temperature of your wax influences how effectively it melts, bonds with the scent and color, and sets in the container or mold. The melting points and pouring temperatures of various waxes vary. A digital thermometer meant for candle production or a candy thermometer may be used.
  • Scale. To precisely weigh your wax, scent, and color, you’ll need a scale. It is more accurate to measure by weight than by volume, especially when candle-making. Candles are best made with a digital scale that can measure in both grams and ounces.
  • Stirrer. You will need a stirrer to thoroughly combine your wax, fragrance, and color.
  • Wick Holder.  These keep the wicks in place while the wax cools and hardens.
  • Scissors: For cutting wicks to the desired length.

Remember that the supplies and equipment you’ll need will vary depending on the kind  of candles you’re making and the number of people at your party. Setting up many workstations with all of the essential materials and equipment to serve your visitors is a fantastic idea. Additionally, be sure you give clear directions and assistance to assist everyone in successfully creating their candles.

Safety Precautions

DIY candle making parties may be a lot of fun, but in order to make sure everyone has a good time and no one gets hurt, safety should always come first. Here are some preventative measures to take:

  • Make sure your candle-making area is well-ventilated. This will aid in the dissipation of any odors produced by melting wax or aroma oils.
  • Provide the necessary protective equipment to the participants, such as aprons, safety eyewear, and heat-resistant gloves. These things may shield against spills and splashes.
  • Use only premium wax, wicks, aroma oils, and colors when creating candles. Lower-quality materials may lead to safety hazards.
  • Keep paper towels, fabrics, and other flammable materials away from heated wax and open flames.
  • When working with hot wax or any other potentially harmful products, adult supervision is required at all times if children are around.
  • To melt the wax, you may use a double boiler. When compared to using open flames or microwave ovens, they are both safer and more accurate options for melting wax.
  • If you want to save your candle making materials for future use, be sure to properly label and store them. This reduces the risk of ingestion.

Taking these measures will ensure that everyone at your DIY candle making party stays safe while having a great time. Don’t forget that safety should always come first.

Expert Guidance or Instructor

If you plan to host a DIY candle-making party, you will need expert guidance or an instructor to ensure that your visitors have a successful and pleasurable time.

You might want to hire a professional candle-making teacher to show your guests how to make candles from start to finish. They can give you advice on how to make different kinds of candles, how to keep yourself safe, and how to come up with creative designs for candles. Find area artists or craft class teachers who know how to make candles well. This choice gives you an organized and educational experience.

Candle Making Themes

picture of a handmade candles infused with essential oils, crystals and petals

Adding a candle making theme to your DIY candle making party can make it more creative and fun. Here are some ideas for candle-making themes:

Seasonal Candle Crafting

Seasonal candle making is a great way to celebrate the changing seasons and make candles that capture the spirit of each season.

Make candles that reflect the spirit of the season, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or Valentine’s Day and create candles that capture the aromas and hues of various seasons, such as spring flowers, summer fruits, autumn seasonings, and winter evergreens.

Consider using suitable color schemes, aroma oils, and themed decorations to create seasonal candles that represent the spirit and qualities of each season.

Aromatherapy Candle Creations

Making aromatherapy candles is a lovely way to combine the calming effects of fragrances with the ambience of candlelight.  The aromas used in aromatherapy candles should have a calming effect, alleviate tension, or serve some other therapeutic purpose.

Create candles that help you unwind by focusing on soothing aromas like lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus and candles with energizing aromas, such as citrus, peppermint, or rosemary.

Multi-Scent Experiments

Creating candles with multiple scents is a novel and inventive approach to candle making. You may use it to create a layered or complex fragrance by combining various scents. 

Mix fragrances that remind you of different times of the year. For instance, a winter-themed candle might have layers of smells like wood, cinnamon, and vanilla. You could also make candles that look like they came from a flower garden. Add scents like rosemary, mint, and basil on top of each other for a fresh and fragrant experience.

Crafting Stations and Workshops

Your guests will have a great time and learn something new if you host a candle-making party complete with workshops and craft stations.  Here are the various crafting stations and workshops:

Candle Pouring and Molding

DIY candle making parties are a great way to get people involved and have fun by providing specific areas for candle pouring and candle molding.

Choose a specific location for the candle pouring and molding station, cover the worktable with a protective tablecloth, and arrange all the tools and materials that will be needed. Make sure that an experienced guide or teacher be present at the station in order to offer direction on the process of candle pouring and to explain the process of candle molding.

Wick Placement and Candle Styling Station 

Involving your guests in the process of candle making from start to finish is easy when you have a do-it-yourself candle-making party complete with a Wick Placement and Candle Styling station.

At a DIY candle-making party, it is a dedicated room or workshop where participants concentrate on two primary parts of candle crafting: wick placement and creative styling of candles. The purpose of this station is to teach guests how to place wicks in candle containers and improve the appearance of their candles.

At this station, participants can express their creativity by decorating their candles, giving the candle a visually appealing and unique touch.

Scent Mixing and Blending

DIY candle-making parties often include a “Scent Mixing and Blending Candle Making Station” where guests may experiment with different combinations of fragrance oils and essential oils to create their own signature fragrances. This station is devoted to the customization of the aromatic aspect of candle making and allows participants to create candles with personalized scents.

Candle Labeling and Personalization

A Candle Labeling and Personalization Station is a specific space or table at a DIY candle making party where participants may add unique labels and customized touches to the candles they’ve made throughout the party. At this station, participants may add names, notes, ornamental accents, or creative patterns to their candles to make them even more unique and memorable.

Candle-Enhancing Decor and Ambiance

photo autumn decoration with beeswax candle

Adding candles to the décor and ambiance of your DIY candle-making party will make your visitors feel comfortable and happy. Here are some suggestions for adding ambience and décor that can enhance candles to your DIY candle-making party:

Candlelit Setting

Reduce the brightness of the overhead lights and depend on candles to illuminate the party space. This will provide a cozy and intimate ambiance.

DIY Candle Holders and Displays

Use candle holders that complement your party theme or design style. Glass jars, hurricane lanterns, and candlesticks are your options. Different holders may provide a variety of effects.

Aromatic Atmosphere

Use aromatic oils to fill the party area with a pleasant fragrance. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, and citrus blends may be used.

Candle Making Playlist

Making a playlist of songs that fit the DIY candle making party theme is a great way to get everyone in the spirit. Mix and match tracks that you believe will resonate with your visitors and the overall atmosphere you wish to create for your DIY candle making party. A music streaming platform may be used to create a personalized playlist that fits the mood and style of your party. As you create candles together, take pleasure in the artistic process, your guests’ companionship, and the lovely music.

Candle Making Challenges and Competitions

Adding candle making challenges and competitions to your DIY candle making party can make it more interactive and entertaining. These games may be a great way to get your guests interacting and competing in a nice manner. 

Here are some ideas for candle making competitions and challenges:

Best Aroma Awards

Organize a contest to choose the participant who can produce the most aesthetically pleasing and fragrant candle. Guests may create their own scents by combining various fragrances and essential oils.

Most Creative Candle Design

Put your guests to the test by asking them to come up with the most imaginative and original design for the candles. Give them a variety of materials, colors, and molds to work with. Have an awarding session at the conclusion of the party to determine the winning design.

Scent Guessing Games

Guests wearing blindfolds must distinguish between several candle scents. Prepare a variety of scented candles and see who can accurately identify the most scents.

Candle-Making Speed Rounds

These offer a fun and competitive aspect to the candle-making process by challenging participants to complete their candles in a certain amount of time.

They are a wonderful method to encourage participants to work quickly and creatively in order to produce gorgeous candles in a brief period of time.

Nourishing the Senses with Food and Beverages

picture of white pillar candle beside a mug of tea

You can combine the art of making candles with a carefully chosen dining experience to throw a candle-making party that also feeds the senses with food and drinks. 

Create a multisensory experience at your next candle-making party by following these steps:

Candle-Themed Treats

Organizing a candle-making party accompanied by candle-themed treats is an excellent idea. You can prepare pastries, cakes, and muffins decorated with candles for the festivities with candle themes for the party. Not only will your visitors enjoy themselves while creating candles, but they will also appreciate the tasty foods that you provide that go along with the theme.

Signature Cocktails and Refreshments

Hosting a do-it-yourself (DIY) candle-making party complemented with your signature cocktails and refreshments can elevate the party to a new level. Providing customized cocktails and other refreshing drinks is a fun approach to spice up your do-it-yourself candle making party. 

Don’t forget to provide non-alcoholic alternatives to those who don’t consume alcohol.

Dietary Preferences and Allergies

When planning the snacks for your candle-making party, it’s important to keep dietary needs and allergies in mind so that everyone can enjoy the treats. 


Provide a selection of baked goods such as cupcakes, cookies, and other treats that are free from gluten to accommodate guests who may be allergic to or sensitive to gluten.


Checking the ingredient labels of the snacks you give, such as chips and dips, can allow you to ensure that they are suitable for vegans.

Nut Allergies

Guests with nut allergies would appreciate it if you identify any snacks or treats that could contain nuts.

Sugar-Free or Low-Sugar Alternatives

Guests who want or need reduced sugar alternatives might choose from fruit platters, sugar-free gelatin, and sweets sweetened with alternative sweeteners that you provide for them.

Aromatherapy-Inspired Menu

DIY candle-making parties may be made even more memorable by platters inspired by aromatherapy. Prepare aromatherapy-themed food and drinks, like lavender lemonade, peppermint iced tea, or mint chocolate cookies.

Label all food and drinks to inform guests about the aromatherapy-inspired menus. This will improve every guest’s sensory experience and turn your DIY candle-making party into a fragrant, unforgettable occasion.


A creative and enjoyable way to spend time with friends and family is to host a DIY candle-making party. There are numerous perks to this kind of party that may make it an experience that you won’t forget, such as learning a new skill, spending quality time with loved ones, and creating something unique.

Organize your guest list, decorations, and activities and you can have an exciting and memorable party that your visitors will surely love. 

Enjoy the process and the fragrances, and have a great time making candles with friends and family!