Online Class: Candle Making 101

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Course Description

Candle making is a craft as old as humanity itself, yet after so many millennia and technological advances, we still love the light, warmth, and beauty of a lit candle. Whether a seasoned artisan or a budding enthusiastic, this course offers something for everyone interested in learning the craft of candle making. 

This course will open up for you the amazing array of possibilities that exist in your pursuit to create beautiful, functional, and sweet smelling candles. From basic molded and container designs, through the wonders of ice, chunk, votive, and the all-mysterious floating candles, you'll learn the easiest and safest ways to work with wax, wicks, and molds.


But this course doesn't stop with just making candles that are sure to impress your friends and family. Once you've learned how to design and craft your product using countless combinations of scent, color, and containers, you'll be given the tools and knowledge to take your journey on the final leg; candle making for profit through your own business.


The basics of building a niche candle market and targeting your marketing efforts to those that are naturally inclined to buy your candles will be covered. You'll learn how to build a business plan and get the word out about your products. The nitty gritty of starting a business will be covered and you'll end with a thorough list of potential wholesale suppliers, candle making communities, and other resources for learning and sharing in your new found passion.

Course Requirements

The course is open to everyone. There are no required books.  All material will be given online and through netlinks. You'll need a high school reading level though.

Course Outline


Lesson 1: The History of Candle Making

Lesson 2: Equipment

Lesson 3: Safety and Your Wax Workplace

Lesson 4: Wax, Wicks, and Additives

Lesson 5: Step by Step Candle Making

Lesson 6: Handmade Rolled and Taper Candles

Lesson 7: Color and Fragrance

Lesson 8: Overdipping, Cutouts, and Cracked Candles

Lesson 9: Container Candles and Gel Wax Variations

Lesson 10: Floating, Mottled, Ice, and Chunk Candles

Lesson 11: Multi-wick, Glow-through, and Votive Candles

Lesson 12: Troubleshooting and Caretaking

Lesson 13: Candle Making for Profit

Lesson 14: Planning, Pricing, and Forming Your Business

Lesson 15: Marketing Ideas and Candle Making Resources

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a practice assignment and lesson review quiz that will directly apply what you have learned.

Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or higher.

Course Materials

Candle making materials--while not that expensive--are not included in the cost of the course.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of candle making.
  • Identify equipment needed for candle making.
  • Know safety and your wax workplace.
  • Know wax, wicks, and additives.
  • Demonstrate step by step candle making.
  • Demonstrate handmade rolled and taper candles.
  • Recognize color and fragrance in the candle making process.
  • Identify over dipping, cutouts, and cracked candles and what to do.
  • Demonstrate creating container candles and gel wax variations.
  • Demonstrate creating floating, mottled, ice, and chunk candles.
  • Demonstrate creating multiwick, glow-through, and votive candles.
  • Know candle making for profit, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1 Exam9
Yankee Candle Factory100
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4 Exam8
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11 Exam10
Making a New Candle100
Lesson 12 Assignment25
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13 Exam10
New Things100
Lesson 14 Assignment25
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15 Assignment25
Lesson 15 Exam10
The Final Exam70
Total Points:897

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