Making Hag Candles

These hag candles are great for adding a touch of rustic, gothic decor to a space and are relatively easy to make. To get started, you are going to need the following ingredients and supplies:

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Vanilla powder

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Sweet myrrh

Sweet Myrrh

Bee pollen

double boiler

Double boiler


Soy wax

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Candle dye in color of your choice

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Pre-made votive candles (or pillars). You can make these yourself if you have the supplies or you can just buy a few at the store. Whatever suits you.

Additional supplies: wax paper and scissors.

Now you may be looking at the first three items on this list and thinking,"Sydney, why have you given us an expensive shopping list for this decor project? Do I really need to drop ten bucks on bee pollen? Do I?"

No, you do not need to use vanilla powder, sweet myrrh, or bee pollen, but that is what I use to make mine, and there is a reason for those specific ingredients.

Hag candles are some of my favorite candles because they are not only really wonderful pieces of decor, but they are also great for witchcraft. These were the candles I used to make and use for paid spellwork. So there are reasons for why I am using vanilla, sweet myrrh, and bee pollen, but if you don't have those things on hand/don't want to drop too much money on a fun DIY (proud of you and your fiscal responsibility) then you can substitute the vanilla for cinnamon; the crushed sweet myrrh for coffee grounds; and the bee pollen for mustard seed or poppy seed. The consistency of the mix will be a bit different, but you will still get results very similar to mine. 

If you are a witchy one, get to your witch boxes, witch closets, altar cupboards, craft rooms, etc. These are good, multipurpose candles, and you may want to add a few to your supply drawers. 

Now, onto the candle making!

Step One:

Fill a pot about a third of the way up with water and bring to a simmer. Then, set your double boiler in the water, and add your soy wax to your double boiler. You will need various amounts of wax depending on the size of your candle. For my votives, which I made ahead of time, I used about 3 cups of soy wax flakes and had wax mixture to spare. Leave the heat on medium-low and allow the wax to melt at a slow, steady rate. 

Step Two:

As your wax is melting down, go ahead and gather your rolling ingredients. If you are using my recipe, you will want to crush the sweet myrrh in a mortar and pestle before adding it in with the bee pollen and vanilla powder and mixing.

Step Three:

On a piece of wax paper, lay your rolling mixture out in a strip that is about as wide as your pre-made candles are long. 

Step Four:

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Roll your candles through the mixture, one at a time, making sure to coat the sides while avoiding the bottom. If you get a lot of the mixture on the bottom of the candle, it may sit crooked when you're finished. 

Step Five:

Once your candles are coated, set them aside and go check on your wax. By this point, it should be melted down. Add your liquid dye, stir, and then take it off the heat and allow it to cool until the wax is a tiny bit cloudy. If it's too hot, it will melt your candle and burn your little fingers! So let it get a little murky and cool to the temp of a hot bath. 

NOTE: Don't have your AC cranking during this project. It will affect how your candles set. A good 73 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit should do it.

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Step Six:

Holding your candle by its wick and tilting the double boiler to an angle, dip your candle, making sure to coat the whole thing. Set the candle down on your wax paper, and repeat the process with your other candles.

Step Seven:

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Allow the candles to dry a little bit, about a minute or two, and roll the candles in the mixture again.

Step Eight:

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Dip your candles again—one at a time, please—then sit them back down on your wax paper and allow them to cool for another minute.

Step Nine:

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Roll your candles in the mixture for the third and final time. Sprinkle some of the mixture on the top of the candle, and, again, be careful of getting chunks of the mixture on the bottom.

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Step Ten:

Dip your candles in the wax for the last time, and sit them down on the wax paper to dry for three or four minutes.

Step Eleven:

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In this final step, drizzle some of your leftover wax on top of your candles, allowing it to trickle down the sides. Let the candle wax dry for about a minute, then pick the candle up by the wick and sit it down on another part of the wax paper. If you leave it to set in the pool of wax, the wax will dry to the bottom and break off in a not so beautiful way.

This step really adds a lot to your final outcome, but if you don't want that drippy effect, then just skip this. 

NOTE: For a little visual umph, you can sprinkle a tiny bit of the mixture on the top.

Step Twelve:

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After you've left the candle to dry for half and hour, you're finished! The only thing left to do is trim the wick to size and enjoy these darkly beautiful, rustic candles.

I make a batch of these candles about twice a month, and I just love them. I think they add a lot to the mood of a room, and they're also just fun to make. Here are some pics of my previous batches.

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