Making your own candles can be a fun and rewarding experience, adding a personal touch to your home decor or gift-giving. While many candle-making kits include pre-made wicks, you may find yourself in need of a wick for a custom-sized candle or when you run out of pre-made wicks. Making a wick at home can be an easy and affordable solution. In this article, we will explore a few simple techniques for making wicks that will ensure your candles burn bright and even.

Before we dive into the different methods, it is essential to understand the basic components of a candle wick. A wick is essentially a piece of string or cord that ignites the candle’s fuel source and keeps the flame burning. It needs to be sturdy and able to withstand the heat and pressure of the melting wax. The thickness of the wick is also crucial, as a wick that is too thin or too thick can lead to an uneven burn or not burn at all. With these factors in mind, let’s get started on making a wick for your candle-making adventure.

How to Make a Wick for a Candle: A Comprehensive Guide


Candles are a ubiquitous part of human life, used for everything from scenting a room to setting the mood for romantic dinners. However, what do you do when you run out of wicks? Don’t worry; this article has got you covered. We will be walking you through how to make a wick for a candle in 10 easy steps.


Before we dive into the steps, here are the items you will need for this project:

1. Cotton string – unbleached and organic works best.
2. Scissors – for cutting the string to the required length.
3. Beeswax – used to coat the wick, providing a suitable environment for the wick to burn.
4. Pencil or pen – for rolling the wick.

Step 1: Choose the right cotton string

Select the right type of cotton string for your wick. We recommend using organic, unbleached cotton string. This cotton string helps to create a natural look for the candle and does not harm the environment.

Step 2: Cut the cotton string

Cut the cotton string to the length you require. The length depends on the size of the candle. We suggest cutting the string in a couple of inches more than the height of the candle to account for any burning.

Step 3: Roll the wick

Take the pencil or pen and wrap the cotton string around it several times to create a cylindrical shape. Make sure the wick is slightly thicker than the lead of the pencil.

Step 4: Hold the wick in place.

Take the rolled wick off the pencil or pen and pinch the bottom end to hold the cylindrical shape together.

Step 5: Melt the beeswax

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until it’s fully liquefied.

Step 6: Coat the wick in wax

Dip the cotton string into the melted beeswax, making sure it is fully coated. You can change the thickness of the wick by giving a thicker wax coat.

Step 7: Place the wick on wax paper

Lay the wax-coated wick on wax paper and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

Step 8: Repeat the process

Repeat steps 6 and 7 two or three more times, allowing time for cooling in-between coats, until you have achieved the desired thickness.

Step 9: Cut the wick to size.

Cut the wick to the length required for the candle.

Step 10: Ready to use

The wick is now ready to use. Insert it into the center of the candle, making sure it is straight and centered.


Making a wick for a candle is simpler than you might think. With these ten steps, you can now create a unique and sustainable wick for your candles. Plus, you can create various thicknesses according to the candle’s size and melting point. We hope this guide has been helpful, and you’ll enjoy trying your hand at making your own homemade wick.

Materials Needed to Make a Wick

Before you begin making a wick for your candle, it’s essential to have all the necessary materials. Here are the materials you’ll need:

1. Wick Spool: The wick spool serves as a base for the wick, and it’s where the wax will be applied to make the wick.

2. Wax: You’ll need wax to make the wick, and the type of wax you use is essential. Beeswax and cotton wick are the most commonly used types of wax.

3. Scissors: You’ll need sharp scissors to cut the wick to the desired length.

4. Wick holder: A wick holder is a small object that holds the wick in place while you pour wax onto it.

5. Pencil: A pencil will be used to wrap the length of wick around it.

6. Twine: Twine is used to tie the wick to the pencil so that it stays in place while the wax is being poured.

7. Double-sided tape: You’ll need double-sided tape to attach the bottom of the wick to the wick holder.

8. Ruler: You’ll use a ruler to measure the length of the wick.

9. Wax paper: Wax paper is used to protect your work surface from melted wax.

Now that you have all the necessary materials, let’s move on to the next step and start making your wick.

Materials needed for Making a Wick

Before you start making your wick, there are a few things you need to prepare. Here is a list of materials you’ll require:

Cotton stringThis will serve as the base of your wick and will be used to create the braided wick.
BoraxBorax is used to treat the cotton string so that it becomes less flammable and increases the burning time.
ScissorsYou will need scissors to cut the cotton string and to trim the wick later on.
Ruler or tape measureYou will need to measure the length and width of your cotton string to ensure it is of desired thickness and length.
Pencil or chopstickThis will be used to tie the cotton string to and keep it suspended in the wax when making the candle.

Step-by-Step Guide to Make Your Own Wick

Step 1: Preparing the Cotton String

The first step in making a wick is preparing the cotton string. You will need to cut the string to your desired length depending on the size of your candle. Keep in mind that your string should be slightly longer than the height of your candle.

Step 2: Treating the Cotton String with Borax

Next, you will need to treat the cotton string with Borax to increase its burning time. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of Borax in 1 cup of hot water to make a Borax solution.

Dip your cotton string into the Borax solution and let it soak for about 30 minutes. After soaking, remove it from the solution and hang it up to dry overnight.

Step 3: Braiding the Cotton String

After treating your cotton string, you will need to braid it. Cut three equal strands of Borax-treated cotton string and knot them together at one end. Secure the knot to a stationary object such as a nail or doorknob.

Braid the three strands together until you reach the end. Knot the ends together and trim off the excess.

Step 4: Waxing the Wick

Now that you have created a braided wick, the next step is to wax it. Melt some wax either in a double boiler or microwave. Dip your braided wick into the wax and let it soak for a few minutes.

After the wax has cooled and hardened on the wick, you can remove it from the wax and let it dry overnight. You can repeat this process a few more times to get a thicker wick depending on the size of your candle.

Step 5: Trimming the Wick

Once your wick has dried completely, you can trim it to the desired length. Make sure to leave a little bit of excess so that you can tie it to a pencil or chopstick to suspend it in the wax when making your candle.

And voila! You have now made your own wick, ready to be used to create your very own handmade candle.

Time to Light Up Your Candles!

You’ve learned the art of making wicks for your candles! It’s a simple process that requires a bit of patience, but it’s definitely worth it. Next time you’re planning to light up your favorite candle, you know how to make a perfect wick that will last long. Remember to use natural materials for your wick for a cleaner burn. Thanks for reading and diving into the world of candle-making with us. Visit us again for more exciting DIY tutorials! Happy candle making!