Candle Making Ideas

Lets Look at Wooden Wicks

Today I discovered something new in the form of a late birthday present from my mother in law.

A gorgeous scented candle! 

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Birthday Candle!

On closer inspection I realized this candle was a little different. It has a wooden wick!

I have never seen one of these before and I am always looking for new candle making ideas so I did some Goggling.

I must have been living under a rock!

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Wooden wicks have been around for a little while now and are becoming more popular.

Like anything they have good and bad points…


Super easy to use – if you can only find wooden wicks without tabs, no worries, just wait until the wax is nearly set and slide the wooden wick in.

Unique fragrance – wooden wicks have a great natural woody (funny that) scent

Long lasting – wooden wicks last for ages giving excellent value for money spent


Limited application Apparently wooden wicks are really only used in container candles due to the wider flame and melt pool it produces.

Price – they are more expensive than cotton wicks


All in all, wooden wicks sound pretty cool

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Apparently wooden wicks have a unique crackling sound when lit. Kind of like a fireplace.

Wow, that sounds really cool. Or so I thought…..

I lit my candle and sat back ready to relax to the sound of a crackling fire….

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Alas, my moment of bliss was not to be!

I found the constant crackling sound kind of annoying! Almost like listening to a firecracker fuse burning down.

Oh well. It smells pretty.

Further research tells me that when we use wood wicks it needs to be a big wick not the tiny little one this candle came with.

Something like this……

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Thicker wooden wick

A bigger wick would burn slower with less crackle (or that’s my theory anyway)

I will have a go at making my own wood wick candles eventually but for now I might just make scented candles the old fashioned way!

Tell me about any new candle making ideas have you tried lately!


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