Basic Votive Candles

Votives are the simplest and most common candles to be found. Always remember that votives are meant to be burnt in a votive holder. This is because while burning, votives will mostly liquify and if you don't use a holder, you will have a dangerous mess on your hands.

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Supply List

  • A votive blend of wax (plus additives if necessary)
  • Fragrance (if desired)
  • Dye (if desired)
  • Pre-tabbed wicks
  • Silicone mold release spray or Pam-type cooking spray


  • Double Boiler
  • Votive Molds
  • Thermometer


  1. Melt your wax in the double boiler. Parraffin Votive wax generally should be heated to about 175 degrees, but follow the instructions that came with your specific wax.
  2. While your wax is melting, you can prepare your molds by spraying them with a thin coat of silicone or cooking spray. Also, you can prepare your pre-tabbed wicks by straightening them out as much as possible.
  3. When your wax has completely melted, add any additives you're using.
  4. Add your dye.
  5. Add your fragrance.
  6. Fill your votives with wax to the very lip of the mold. You will need to save about 15% of the wax for your second pour. Be sure to fill to the top to prevent the appearance of pour lines when you do your second pour.
  7. Allow your wax to begin to cool. When the wax starts to congeal on the top, that is the time to place the pre-tabbed wicks in the mold. The outside edge of your votive cups will congeal first, so look there. When you place the wick in the cup, the tab will stick nicely to the bottom of the cup. Keep the wick as straight as possible so that you will get a nice even burn. As the wax cools, you can make small adjustments to the wick to keep it very straight.
  8. Let your votives cool completely. This could take 4 hours or more so be patient.
  9. When the wax has cooled, you will see a sink hole around the wick. This will be filled the extra wax you saved. Reheat the wax to temperature slightly higher than your first pour. In general, about 15 degrees hotter will do so for normal votive wax heat to about 190 degrees. Heating the wax slightly hotter will make the layers stick better. Fill the votive molds again to the top.
  10. Allow the votives to cool completely.
  11. Once cooled, your votives should slide easily out of their molds. If you have any trouble, place them in the freezer for a few minutes and try again and the votives should release from the mold easily.

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