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How to Make Tapered Candles at Home in 6 Simple Steps

If you like candles, we all know they tend to become ridiculously expensive when purchased from shops. Thankfully making your tapered candles is super easy and means you will have something lovely in your home without the hefty price tag that comes with it! Here’s how to make them yourself, even if you’re new to candle-making.

What are Tapered Candles?

Tapered candles have a thicker base and become thinner as they reach the top. The name comes from the tapered candle, similar to a tape measure. They are a great decorative choice and look beautiful when used independently or in a table setting. We have put together an entire video candle-making tutorial for you to check out, which will help to show you how it’s done!

Tapered Candles

The History of Tapered Candles

Tapered candles have existed for centuries, and their popularity has only grown recently. These candles are made by melting wax and pouring it into a mold. The resin is then allowed to cool and harden, forming a cylindrical shape. The oldest known representation of a tapered candle is from a Greek pottery vessel dating back to the 4th century BC.

The Different Types of Tapered Candles

Tapered candles gradually taper from the broadest part of the candle to the point. They come in many different shapes and sizes and are often used to create a soft, warm light. The two most common shapes are teardrop and mushroom. Teardrop candles have an elongated, rounded base and are tapered to a top point. The point at the top is wider than the bottom of the candle.

How to Make Natural Beeswax Tapered Candles

Making beeswax-tapered candles is a fun and easy project that can be completed in just a few steps. First, gather your supplies, including beeswax, a container for the wax, a candle wick, a lighter, and scissors. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler or microwave and then pour it into the container. Cut the candle wick to the desired length and place it in the center of the container.

How to Make Soy Wax Tapered Candles

To make soy wax tapered candles, start melting the soy wax in a double boiler. Once the wax is melted, add the fragrance oil and stir to combine. Next, pour the resin into a tapered candle mold and let it cool. Once the wax has cooled, pop the candle out of the mold and enjoy! To make tea light candles, pour the paraffin wax into a double boiler and heat it to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

Things you should keep in your Mind

  • What is a double boiler?
  • What is the difference between soy wax and other types of wax?
  • What is fragrance oil?
  • What is a tapered candle mold?
  • How do I know when the wax is melted?
  • How do I pour the wax into the mold?
  • How long does it take for the wax to cool?

How to Make a Gel Wax Tapered Candle

To make gel wax tapered candles, you will need the following:

– Gel wax – Wick – Candle container – Tapered candle mold – Cutter – Heat gun

1. Cut the gel wax into small pieces and place them in a microwave-safe container. 2. Microwave the wax for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until the wax is fully melted. 3. Cut the wick to the desired length and insert it into the candle container.

How to Make Paraffin Wax Tapered Candles

To make paraffin wax tapered candles, start by heating the wax in a pot on the stove. Once the wax is melted, pour it into a taller container than it is wide. Next, use a pencil to make a hole in the center of the resin. This will be the wick of the candle. Finally, use a spoon to pour the wax around the wick until it is covered. Allow the wax to harden completely. You can then trim the candle’s edges using the paraffin wax cutter.

How to Make a Coconut Wax Tapered Candles

Making coconut wax tapered candles is easy. First, you will need to gather your supplies. You will need a pot to melt the wax, a spoon to stir the resin, a measuring cup, a tapered candle mold, a stovetop, and a wick. Next, you will need to measure out the wax. The amount of wax you will need will depend on the size of your candle mold. If you are using a small candle mold, you may only need to use a wick that is one-third the width of the mold. Smaller molds will require proportionally smaller wicks. Wax is available in two types: paraffin and soy. Paraffin wax has a high melting point, making it suitable for making candles with molds made from metal.

The Steps to Making Tapered Candles

Making tapered candles is a simple process that can be done with just a few supplies. Start by melting wax in a pot on the stove. Once the wax is melted, pour it into a tapered candle mold. You can then use a toothpick to help create a taper at the top of the candle. Allow the wax to cool and harden, then remove the candle from the mold. Try not to touch the inside of the candle with your fingers, or oils from your skin will transfer to the wax.


Our natural beeswax tapered candles are perfect for your wedding reception decor. With a sleek, taper design, these candles will surely add elegance to your event. Furthermore, our candles are 100% free of dyes, soy, and lead. With our wide selection of cake toppers, party decorations, favor tags, décor items, and more, your wedding reception will be covered in handmade love.

Katie Axon

After leaving the corporate world to pursue my dreams, I started writing because it helped me organize and express myself. It also allowed me to connect with people who share my passion for art, travel, fashion, technology, health, and food. I currently write on vexsh, a site focused on sharing and discovering what it means to be a creative, passionate person living in today's digital age.

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