Birthdays, family get-togethers, first dates or a special dinner – candles set the mood and tone for every occasion!

While a dinner date calls for red candles, family dinners demand sophisticated tapers to embrace the occasion. Candles simply turn the magic on for each event!


Scented, aromatic candles light up your mood and the occasion. The only trouble – the wax melts! And the candles become worthless.

So how do you keep them going for hours and hours? Well, simply don’t use wax!

Yes, you heard that right. It is possible to make candles without wax, and very easily and quickly, too. Not only will they set the mood for a special day but also help you in times of blackouts. The best part is you can use your favorite colors and fragrances to match your mood and decor!

candles without wax


Here is a guide to 3 different methods with pictures for making wax-free candles at home.

Method 1: Use Water and Oil

Things you’ll need:

things need

  • Glass cup
  • Water
  • Lamp oil (or cooking oil)
  • Candle wick
  • A pair of scissors
  • Food coloring
  • Marbles
  • Empty plastic bottle

Step 1. Cut off the bottom of a plastic bottle

cut off the bottom from a plastic bottle

  • Using a pair of scissors, cut the bottom off a plastic bottle in a circle.

Step 2. Make a hole and thread the wick

make a hole and thread the wick

  • Grab a compass or use the tip of the scissor blade to make a hole in the center of the plastic circle.
  • Thread a candle wick through the hole and cut off the excess wick.

Step 3. Throw your favorite marbles and water into a glass cup

throw marbles and water into a glass cup

  • Put some marbles into a glass cup and pour water over them.

Step 4. Add food coloring of your choice (optional)

add your favorite food coloring

  • If you used transparent or white stones, you may add a few drops of your favorite food coloring to the water.

Step 5. Pour oil into the glass cup

pour oil into the glass cup

  • Pour about half cup of oil  (either lamp oil or cooking oil like olive oil) into the glass cup.

Step 6. Place the wick on top

place the wick on top

  • Place the wick (prepared in steps 1 and 2) over the glass cup.

Step 7. Light the wick

light the wick

  • Make sure the whole wick is soaked in oil when you put it into the glass cup. The longer the wick, the larger the flame of the candle.
  • Finish with lighting the wick!

This homemade water candle can last several hours without burning the plastic.

homemade water candles

Method 2: Use Vegetable Shortening and Crayons

Things you’ll need:

things need

  • Vegetable shortening
  • Crayons
  • Candle wick
  • Craft glue
  • Essential oil
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glass cup
  • Bolts

Step 1. Prepare the wick

prepare the wick

  • Run a candle wick through a bolt and tie a knot.
  • Cut the wick to the desired length.
  • Tie the other end of the wick to a toothpick or cotton swab and balance it over the center of a glass cup.



make the wick

  • Grab a thick sheet of plastic and make a hole in it.
  • Run your wick through the sheet and tie a knot.
  • Apply a layer of glue on the sheet and place it in a glass cup.
  • Permit the glue to dry and settle for 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 2. Melt vegetable shortening and crayons

melt vegetable shortening and crayons

  • Put a small amount of vegetable shortening in a bowl.
  • Add a small piece of your favorite colored crayon.
  • Heat it in a microwave until it melts completely.

Step 3. Add essential oil to the melted wax

add essential oil to the melted wax

  • Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the melted solution and mix it in thoroughly.

Step 4. Pour the homemade wax into the glass cup

pour the homemade wax into glass cup

  • Pour the homemade wax into the glass cup with the wick.
  • Allow the wax in the cup to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5. Pour in additional layers of colored wax

pour in additional layers of colored wax

  • Follow the same method (explained in step 2) to heat and melt different colored crayons and vegetable shortening together.
  • Fill in your favorite colors and allow each layer to dry before adding the next.

Step 6. Cut off the excess wick

cut off the excess wick

  • Cut away all the excess wick from the candle.
  • Light the wick and enjoy with your homemade candle.


tilted pattern for candles

Alternatively, for a better pattern and design, tilt your glass cup at an angle of 60 degrees and slowly pour the melted wax into the glass.

Alternatively, you can use coconut oil to help you make your candles without wax.

homemade candles

Method 3: Use Fruit Peels

Things you’ll need:

things need

  • Orange
  • Lamp oil
  • Knife

Step 1. Slice your favorite fruit into half

slice your fruit into half

  • Pick an orange or a grapefruit or another favorite round fruit and cut it into half.

Step 2. Pull out the flesh

pull out the flesh

  • Gently with the help of a knife, pull out all the flesh from the peel.
  • Work your way around the circumference of the fruit. Make sure the center of the fruit is still intact while you work on the edges.
  • This is what your fruit shall look like upon finishing.

Step 3. Fill the base with oil

fill the base with oil

  • Now, fill the base of the fruit peel with Indian lamp oil or any type of vegetable oil you may have on hand. Make sure you pour the oil right over the center rind of the fruit (this works as your wick).
  • For more fragrance, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (orange, lemon or grapefruit).

homemade candle using fruit peel


  • After slicing the fruit, using a spoon to scoop out the flesh is a feasible option.
  • Place fruit peel candles on coasters, as the base gets hot very quickly.
  • As per your choice, you can use sand or any other stone of your choice in the water candles.
  • Be careful with using candles at home as they may leave stubborn wax stains on your fabric, especially in case of colored candles.
  • You may also use disposable paper cups for making your candles. Be sure to keep an eye on them when burning to be sure they don’t catch fire.