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Rogue Preparedness: How to Make a Candle Wick

In this post Morgan Rogue helps us add to our prepping toolkit; she walks us through the easy steps to make our own candle wicks. ~The Editors

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You can buy candle wicks from aBay, Etsy, craft stores. Walmart and even Amazon. There’s no shortage of wicks and they’re fairly cheap.

But knowing how to make your own wicks is just as important as knowing how to make your own candles.

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Making your own wicks is extremely easy and can be done at the same time as making candles.

Here’s how to make your own candle wicks:

What you’ll need:

YArn for wick
  • Cotton string or braided cotton strips, I cut up some thin pieces of cotton from old clothing and braided it (pictured above)
  • Wax, preferably beeswax, but any wax will do
  • Items for a double boiler; glass container and pot with a small bit of water in it
  • Tweezers or something similar to handle the string
  • A small bowl or plate


melted wax

Use the double boiler method to melt a small bit of wax.

Once fully melted, carefully pour the wax into your bowl or plate or whatever you’ve chosen. Then take the tweezers and hold the string. Completely submerge and soak the string with wax.

It should be plenty soaked.

Let cool somewhere. I decided to let it drape over the glass jar that I used to melt the wax in, it worked good.

Once dried, use it! Look how great it lights up!

I blew it out.

Then easily relit it.

You don’t necessarily need to braid cotton pieces together, I just wanted it to be a thicker wick. Any cotton should work nicely. You could also use thin pieces of wood, it would be this same process, but wood instead of cotton.

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  • About Morgan Rogue

    Morgan lives in Texas with her husband, daughters and 2 dogs. She spends most of her time getting outdoors with her daughters, prepping for emergencies and disasters and teaching others how to be prepared. She also enjoys archery, hunting, fishing, firearms, hiking, camping, HAM, Jeeps and generally getting out and exploring life through epic adventures!