Can You Use a Toothpick as a Candle Wick?

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Candle making has become infinitely more popular in recent years. Fun and easy to do at home, it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. Many candle makers look for new ways to create their candles and one of the newest trends is using a toothpick as a candlewick.

When I first heard of this idea, I was skeptical. How could such a small piece of wood burn effectively? Wouldn’t it just burn super quickly, giving me only a few minutes of my beautiful candle fragrance?

Well, I’m pleased to report I was wrong. Toothpicks can be used as candlewicks.

For anyone else who loves to get crafty and recycle household objects, or even if you’re just looking for a new and different way to make your candles, I’m going to explain how you can use those toothpicks, that are probably already hiding in your cupboard when making your candles.

The most common materials for candlewicks are cotton or wood. Both of these materials will burn well and help to throw the scent of the candle into your home. Wicks that are made from wood are becoming increasingly popular because they create a flame that is horizontal.

This horizontal flame will create heat faster, causing the fragrance to be released from your candle more quickly. Many candle makers also report that a wooden wick will burn slower than a cotton wick, making your candle last longer.

So why not just buy wooden wicks rather than making your own? One of the reasons is that toothpicks are cheaper than wicks. It also gives you the opportunity to use up items that you already have in your home. Personally, I enjoy trying new things and thinking of some interesting and creative ways to make my candles.

Toothpicks are 100% wood so are a prime candidate for a wick replacement. However, it is important to note that toothpicks are quite short so would not work in large candles. Using a toothpick would only be effective in smaller candles. The container or jar you use to make your candle cannot be taller than the wick.

 Alternatively, toothpicks can also be used as a wick substitute, if your existing wick becomes buried in the wax and cannot be lit.

If you are making a candle and plan to use a toothpick as a wick, you will need a metal bottom to hold the wick. The easiest way to do this is to use the metal bottom in an old candle. Pull the metal bottom out of the candle and wipe all of the wax off it.

You can then use something sharp, such as a needle or pin, to open a hole at the bottom of the metal. Push the toothpick through the hole, and when it is positioned straight, squeeze the hole shut. If you cannot do this by hand, a pair of pliers will work great. And there you have it, your very own wick made out of a toothpick.