How to make dough bowl candles?
[replacer_a]? Dough bowl candles are a beautiful and rustic way to add fragrance and ambiance to your home. Here's a basic guide on how to make them:
  • Dough bowl (ensure it's heat-safe and not treated with any chemicals)
  • Wax flakes (soy wax is a popular choice)
  • Candle wicks (consider the size and number based on your dough bowl)
  • Fragrance oil (optional)
  • Glue gun
  • Thermometer
  • Pouring pot (heat-resistant pitcher or similar)
  • Safety glasses


  1. Prepare the dough bowl: Clean the dough bowl thoroughly and ensure it's completely dry. You can line the rim with foil for easier cleanup later.

  2. Attach the wick(s): Use a hot glue gun to secure the metal tab of the wick(s) to the center bottom of the dough bowl. For larger bowls, use multiple wicks for even burning.

  3. Melt the wax: Using a double boiler method (placing a heat-resistant container with wax flakes over simmering water), melt the wax flakes to the recommended temperature (usually between 165°F and 185°F). Consult the wax manufacturer's instructions for specific recommendations.

  4. Add fragrance (optional): Once the wax is melted and removed from heat, add a few drops of fragrance oil if desired. Be sure to follow the wax manufacturer's guidance on amount to avoid overpowering the scent or affecting the burning.

  5. Pour the wax: Carefully pour the melted wax into the dough bowl, leaving some space at the top (around half an inch) to avoid overflow as the wax cools and settles.

  6. Secure the wick(s): While the wax is still warm but not hot, use a wick holder or clothespin to center the wick(s) and hold them upright.

  7. Let it cure: Leave the candle undisturbed for at least 24 hours, or until the wax is completely solid.

  8. Trim the wick(s): Before lighting the candle for the first time, trim the wick(s) to around ¼ inch.

Safety tips:
  • Never leave melting wax unattended.
  • Be cautious of hot wax and wear safety glasses while pouring.
  • Dough bowls can get hot, so place the candle on a heat-resistant surface.
  • Always follow candle safety guidelines when burning your dough bowl candle.

Additional tips:
  • Consider using pre-tabbed wicks for easier attachment.
  • You can decorate the rim of the dough bowl with herbs, spices, or dried flowers for a personalized touch (be sure they are outside the flame zone).
  • If you notice cracks in the dough bowl after curing, it's best not to use it as a candle.

Enjoy your beautiful and fragrant dough bowl candle!