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DIY Crystal Candle Tutorial

December 08, 2022

DIY Crystal Candle Tutorial

Learn how to make your own soy candles with crystals! These are great for setting an intention for yourself, or for giving as a gift! Try out these two ways of creating a crystal candle. 

METHOD 1: Make a candle from scratch!

Materials Needed:

    • Candle Making Kit (or: soy wax, candle container, wick, double boiler/heatproof measuring cup)
    • Crystals (you can choose to research what kind of crystals you want, as each has its own properties)
    • Dried herbs/petals (optional)
    • Essential Oils (if you want a scented candle)
    • Scissors
    • Candy thermometer
    • Hairdryer (optional)
Candle Inspiration:

    Crystal & Essential Oil Combinations

    Creativity - Citrine & Sandalwood

    Inspiration - Labradorite & Lemon

    Relaxation - Amethyst & Lavender

    Love - Rose Quartz & Ylang Ylang

    Wisdom - Jade & Peppermint

    Intuition - Moonstone & Clary Sage


    Candle Container Ideas




    Tea Cup

    Small flowerpot

    Orange peel

    Thrifted glass vessels

    Disclaimer: Always use a thermometer when melting wax, and be careful when handling the hot wax. Always keep an eye on your candle when it is burning and don’t let it burn for more than 4 hours at a time. Be very cautious when adding dried herbs and flowers to decorate your candle, keep the dried additives away from the wick and flame. Candles in containers may get very hot when lit, place the container on a heat-resistant surface. Growandmake.com assumes no responsibility for injury which may result from candle making.


    1. Cover your workstation with plastic wrap for easier cleanup. If you get wax on anything just use some hot water to scrub the wax off.

      Unfinished candle in a tin with a clothespin holding wick in place

    2. Prepare the container and wick. Use a tiny piece of putty or double-stick tape to place the wick in the center of the container and press firmly. A clothespin or two sticks can be used to hold your wick in place.

    3. There are two ways to melt your wax: a double boiler on the stove or a heat-proof measuring cup in the microwave. Use a thermometer to keep track of temperature. The optimal temperature of the melted wax should be around 170F (77C) degrees.
      Set up a double boiler by setting a heat-proof bowl or measuring cup into a pot with a few inches of water. The water should be well below the lip of the inner bowl. Add your wax to the inner bowl, heat your water to boiling, and stir constantly.
      Use a heat-proof measuring cup and place in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir wax. Keep heating in 1-minute intervals until the wax is fully melted.


    4. After heating your wax to the appropriate temperature, it is time to add your favorite scent, whether it be essential oils or perfume/cologne. Add at least 10-15 drops of fragrance and stir slowly for one minute, add more or less depending on the scent strength you desire. Add enough fragrance until it has a level of scent that you feel you can recognize but is not over-powering. This will allow the wax and fragrance oil to bond together. Remove from heat.

    5. Pick out some of your favorite herbs or flower petals to place in the candle along with your crystals.

      Wax being poured into a tin with a wick being held in the center with a wick guide

    6. Pour the wax into your chosen container and fill about ¾ with wax. Wait a few minutes for the wax to begin solidifying, then start strategically placing herbs or petals into the wax. They will start to sink, this is normal. As your candle burns, the herbs/petals will still be visible. Be sure to place dry materials about a ½ inch in diameter away from the wick to prevent herbs and petals from catching fire. As the wax is hardening, continue to place the petals on top.

      Unfinished candle with calendula petals

    7. Use your favorite crystals or stones to add some extra magic. Place crystals on top while the top layer of wax is still melty but the rest of the candle is firm. If crystals start to sink, remove them and let the wax cool a bit longer. If cracking happens, use a hair dryer to remelt the top layer of the candle, or you can pour any leftover wax on top to smooth it out.

    8. Wait a few hours for the wax to fully set, trim the wick to about ¼ inch, then light them up and enjoy! Be sure to keep an eye on the candle while it burns to prevent fire.
    Beauty shot of finished crystal candles surrounded by other crystals

    METHOD 2: "Cheat" with a pre-made candle!

    To get this effect super easy and fast, use an un-used pre-made candle. With a hairdryer, melt the top layer of candle wax. Place chosen crystals into the melted candle wax. Wait for wax to set. Trim your wick to 1/4 in and light! 
    If you'd like to get started with candle making, we have a beginner DIY kit available HERE

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