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How to Make Scented Tealight Candles

Make your own scented tealight candles with this quick & easy tutorial! They’re perfect for gifts, parties, and weddings!

DIY Tealight Candles: quick & easy tutorial: overhead view of colorful tealight candles

Tealight candles are quick and easy to make and they’re perfect for parties and weddings, or anytime you need lots of inexpensive candles. They’re also great for using up leftover wax from larger candle making projects, and for testing new fragrance oils.

I’m going to be using soy wax in this tutorial, but you can make scented tea lights with any wax you like. The instructions are slightly different for other waxes, so I’ll include links to my basic candle tutorials for each of them here: How to Make Beeswax Candles, How to Make Paraffin Candles.


A. Soy Wax (This is my favorite brand from Amazon)

B. Wax dye (I really like this kit & its lasted me a long time!)

C. Candle Fragrance Oil (I’m using Natural Milky Coconut & Suntan Lotion, from Makesy) You can see a list of all my favorite fragrance oils here. You’ll need 1 10ml bottle (sample size) for this recipe.

D. Tealight Candle Tins & Wicks

E. Glass Measuring Cup (or other microwave-safe container with a pour spout)

F. Digital Meat Thermometer

G. Scissors

H. Mini Hot Glue Gun & Glue Stick


1. Measure wax.

Measure 1 cup of soy wax flakes into a microwave-safe container. This should melt down to about 1/2 cup (4 oz.). I’ll include a fragrance oil calculator cheat sheet at the bottom of this article in case you want to make a larger recipe.

2. Melt wax.

Heat the wax in the microwave, starting with 1 minute intervals, stirring often, and then 30 seconds until it is completely melted.

3. Add wax dye (optional).

If you want to add color to your tealights, heat the wax to above 185 degrees to ensure the wax dye will melt.

This is my favorite inexpensive wax dye kit from Amazon. I like it because it’s easy to control the amount of color you add and the individual containers are convenient. I’m using green and dark blue.

Sprinkle a pinch of green and a pinch of blue into the hot wax. It should immediately melt (2). Stir well. Soy wax is opaque when it hardens, so the color will be much lighter than it looks in the melted wax.

If your wax dye chips aren’t completely melting or you see specks, pop the wax back into the microwave for 30 seconds.

4. Add fragrance oil.

The temperature to add fragrance oil to soy wax is lower than the temperature to add wax dye, so it may need a little time to cool. This is important!

Once the wax is around 170 degrees, add your fragrance oil. I developed this recipe to use one sample size 10ml bottle of fragrance oil. As I mentioned before, there’s a fragrance oil cheat sheet at the bottom of this article in case you want to make a bigger batch.

Add the fragrance oil and stir well.

5. Prepare wicks.

Now the wax will need time to cool, so this is the perfect time to prepare the candle wicks. The set I’m using came with short wicks. Use hot glue to attach one wick to the center of each tealight cup. This will ensure that the wick stays in place while the wax hardens.

6. Pour Candles

Now carefully pour the hot wax into each tealight cup.

7. Let them cool.

8. Trim the wicks.

Use a sharp pair of scissors to trim each wick.

Scented Tealight Candles

Scented Tealight Candles

Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty: easy

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