How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

Did you know that you can make your own candle wicks with things you already have at home? In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to make your own DIY candle wicks with 100% cotton string!

DIY Candle Wicks Tutorial

Use your DIY cotton candle wicks for DIY oil lamps or homemade candles. Cotton string candle wicks burn for a long time with a steady flame that doesn’t soot.


How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

You’ll need:

  • 100% cotton string
  • scissor


Use thick cotton string. If the cotton string is too thin, crochet or braid together three thinner cotton strings.

DIY Candle Wicks Salt Cooking Oil

3 Different Ways To Make DIY Candle Wicks

I tried 3 different ways to make DIY candle wicks. I used:

  • the plain cotton string
  • cotton string soaked in vegetable oil
  • cotton string + salt: I covered the cotton strings with water and added 1 tbsp salt, brought it to a boil, then let the DIY candle wicks dry overnight. The salt stiffens the candle wicks.

DIY Candle Mold

DIY Candles

I made DIY candle molds with an empty toilet paper roll.

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Candle making

For the test candles, I used leftover Christmas tree candles.

diy candle wick candle making diy toilet paper roll candle mold

While the wax hardens, it’s usually necessary to stabilize the DIY wick. Here you can see how stiff the salt made the wick – I used it to support the wick on the right.

diy candle wick toilet paper roll candle mold
Removing the toilet paper roll candle mold

diy candle wick trim wick

Trim the wick if necessary.

diy candle wick burn test cotton string salt oil

DIY Candle Wicks – Burn Test

All three DIY candle wicks work – note the yellowish flame color of the salt-treated wick. I prefer the oil soaked wick: it’s easy to make and burns with a bright, steady flame.

As you can see, the salt-treated wick is more difficult to light. And salt-treated wicks soots in an oil lamp – a plain cotton string works much better.


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3 thoughts on “How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

  1. Lina I was just telling my daughter the other day that we should find a way to make a wick for all the wax we have saved up. Your post is very timely!!

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