How to Make a Candle Wick out of a Shoelace: DIY Guide for Beginners

If you are looking for an interesting craft idea, this DIY guide will teach you how to make a candle wick out of a shoelace. This is a beginner’s project that can be done in one hour or less.

Step-by-Step Guide

Metal objects should not be dangling from your shoelaces! Make sure you remove them before you do Step 3. Also, if any other parts might melt, take those off first.

Step 1

If you are lighting a candle with a short wick, to help keep your fingers from burning, use an old spoon or something else that will act as the wick holder.

Step 2

Use the spoon to take water from a pot. The water should not touch the spoon. Take some of this water and put it in your hand. Take that with the wax. If you don’t have a spare spoon, use something long and clean like a stick or broomstick. If you can dip it in hot water first to make sure it is clean, then do the same thing as before.

Step 3

At the end of your shoelace, melt a little bit of your candle wax. Don’t use too much, or just enough will be enough. Melt the wax with an old spoon, broomstick, or something long and clean. The best is if only melted wax touches the shoelace; don’t let any fire touch it! To keep a shoelace from catching fire, keep a spoon at an angle. If you don’t have a spoon for this, use a long thing or blowtorch to stop the fire. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Step 4

It’s time for a science experiment! You’ll need a candle and shoelace. First, you’ll melt the wax on the candle. Then you will put your shoelace in it. Be sure not to put too much wax on the lace because it might harden before it has soaked in. Wait about 20 seconds, and then pull up your lace. When all of the wax has soaked in, turn off the candle and remove any remaining cold wax from your shoelace with a paper towel or tissue paper.

Step 5

Thread the not-yet-used wick through the edge of a jar top or anything similar that is big enough for it to pass through. (If you don’t have any jar tops, use an empty bottle). If you are using a jar, make sure there is no metal in the way of the hot wax. Hold the candlewick tightly and wind it around itself to make a tight spiral. Then put it down in the center of the mouth. This will quickly happen because residual wax will be cold if you take too long and form clumps with your shoelace wick! If you wrap your tape tightly around the wick, it will be more sturdy.


What can I use to make a homemade candle wick?

It would help if you had a string for a candlewick. You can use oil or salt to do this, but cotton string works just as well. The string will burn for a long time and not make soot.

What can I use instead of a candle wick?

You can make candles with DIY wicks. You can use things like newspapers, toilet paper, paper towels, twine, or any cotton cloth that has been folded and cut into narrow strips. Make sure that you have matches or a lighter on hand.

What can I use instead of a candle wick

Can I use jute twine as a candle wick?

Jute twine can be used to burn oil or wax lamps as a wick. Jute is an excellent choice for a wick because it is natural and also free from synthetic materials. This means that the twine will absorb the oil or wax and then burn longer.

What can you do with candle wax without a wick?

When your candle is done, put some water on the bottom of it. The heat will melt the wax and let you pour it out of the jar.

Do candlewicks need to be waxed?

The answer is no. On the other hand, a pre-waxed wick will improve the wick’s performance and is regarded to be more desirable in the candle-making industry, especially for a powerful scent throw! If you don’t buy cotton, paper, or hemp wick pre-waxed wicks, you’ll have to wax them yourself.

Useful Video: How to Make Great Candle Wicks (Tutorial)


Thanks for checking out my DIY candlewick guide. I hope it helped you in some way! If this is your first time making one, please be careful and ensure there are no flammable materials in the room when lighting a candle with homemade wax string.

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