How to Make Birthday Candles

When it comes to birthdays, candles are a must! You can easily make birthday candles perfect for any celebration with a few simple supplies and a little time. But store-bought birthday candles can be expensive, and sometimes you can’t find the right color or style. So why not make your own?

  • Gather the supplies you will need to make the birthday candles;
  •  These include wax, wicks, a double boiler, a mold for the candles, and coloring or scent if desired;
  •  Melt the wax in the double boiler;
  •  While the wax is melting, prepare the wicks by trimming them to size and tying them off at the end with a small piece of string or wire;
  •  Once the wax has melted, remove it from heat and add any coloring or scent as desired;
  •  Stir well to combine;
  •  Carefully pour the molten wax into the molds, being careful not to splash any on yourself;
  •  Fill each mold almost to the top;
  •  Insert a prepared wick into each candle mold, making sure that it is centered and stands up straight on its own;
  •  Allow the candles to cool completely before removing them from their molds!

How Do You Make Easy Birthday Candles?

Assuming you would like a recipe for easy birthday candles, What You Need: 

-1 pound paraffin wax -1/2 cup liquid stearic acid -1 teaspoon fragrance oil Wicks -Double boiler or canning pot -Pourable measuring cup -Stirring utensil-Mold(s). Make sure your mold(s) can accommodate a wick. If not, cut a small hole in the center of the bottom before pouring the wax. Can use silicone molds, recycled candle jars, or anything that is heat resistant and the right size/shape. 


1. Cut the paraffin wax into one-inch pieces and place them on top of a double boiler or canning pot. If using a pot, set it on a rack inside to keep it elevated and prevent scorching. 

2. Add water to the bottom part of the double boiler or canning pot until it reaches just below the wax level in the top portion. Place over low heat and occasionally stir until the wax has melted. 

3. Remove from heat and carefully pour out about 1/4 cup of melted wax into a pourable measuring cup, being careful not to get any water in the mix. Set aside this “seed” wax for later use. 

4. Liquid stearic acid helps improve throw (the strength of fragrance released into an area), prevents frosting (white spots that form on candles as they cool), and gives candles a nice shine when burned. Add 1/2 cup liquid stearic acid to melted wax and stir well. 

5. Select your fragrance oil according to what scent you want your candles to have! A good rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon per pound of melted wax. For example, if you use 2 pounds of paraffin, then use 2 teaspoons of fragrance oil. Stir well after adding fragrance oil. 

6. Dip wicks into the melted mixture at least 1″, making sure the entire metal tab is coated so it will adhere to your mold when you insert it later… Allow excess wax to drip back into the pan before placing the wick upright in the mold. Repeat with as many molds as desired. 

7. Carefully pour the remaining melted mixture evenly among each mold, filling them almost to the top edge but not quite overflowing because hot wax may splash when poured. 

8. The “seed” wax that was set aside earlier should be just about solidified by now since it cooled slightly while you were working with the other steps above.

What Kind of Wax do You Use for Birthday Candles?

A few different types of wax can be used for birthday candles, but the most common is paraffin wax. This wax is made from petroleum and is easy to find in most stores. It’s also affordable, which makes it a good option for those on a budget. 

Another type of wax that can be used is beeswax. This natural wax is made by bees and has a honey-like scent. It’s more expensive than paraffin wax but burns cleaner and longer. 

If you want to use a non-toxic option, soy and palm waxes are available. These plant-based waxes burn slower than paraffin or beeswax, but they’re safe for people and the environment.

How are Birthday Candles Made?

According to The New York Times, birthday candles are made from various materials, including paraffin wax, beeswax, and soy wax. The type of wax used depends on the manufacturer and the intended use of the candle. For example, some birthday candles are made with beeswax for a natural look and feel, while others are made with paraffin wax for a more traditional look. 

Making a birthday candle begins with melting the wax in a large pot. Once the wax is melted, it is poured into molds typically shaped like cones or cylinders. A wick is then placed in the center of each mold and allowed to cool. Once cooled, the candles are removed from their molds and can be decorated as desired.

Is Wax from Birthday Candles Safe?

When it comes to birthday candles, the question of whether or not the wax is safe is often raised. While there are no definitive studies on the matter, many experts believe that the small amount of wax released from birthday candles poses little risk to human health. Most birthday candles are made from paraffin wax, a petroleum-based product. When burned, paraffin releases several harmful chemicals into the air, including carcinogens like benzene and toluene. 

However, the amount of wax released from a single birthday candle is very small – much less than what you would be exposed to if you were smoking a cigarette, for example. Some risks may be associated with burning birthday candles, but they are probably very small. 

If you’re concerned about your health, however, it’s best to avoid breathing in any smoke from burning candles – including birthday cake candles!


How to Make Birthday Candles Out of Paper

Forget about store-bought birthday candles! Make your birthday candles out of paper in just a few minutes. All you need is tissue paper, a pencil, and a lighter. 

To start, fold a piece of tissue paper in half lengthwise. Then, use a pencil to draw a spiral on the folded tissue paper. Start at the center of the spiral and work your way outwards. Once you have a nice spiral, cut along the lines with scissors, then carefully roll the strip of tissue paper into a cylinder shape. Make sure that the end of the cylinder is sealed shut so that wax doesn’t leak out. 

Finally, light the candle and enjoy! The flame will be small, but it will be enough to make a wish on your birthday cake.


This blog post will show you how to make birthday candles that will add the perfect finishing touch to your cake. You’ll need some wax, wicks, and a mold. We’ll show you how to melt and pour the wax into the mold. 

Then, we’ll add the wicks and let the candles cool. Once they’re cooled, you can light them and enjoy your cake!

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