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DIY Surf Wax Candles

The smell of surf wax reminds me of home. My dad taught my brother and I how to surf at a very young age, and surfing has been something that has bonded my family for as long as I can remember.

Although it has many smells, the one that most people get reminded of when they smell surf wax is the beach. It’s sweet like coconut, and smells like an afternoon of sunny rays, sand and sea salt. This is a smell that will never, ever get old to me, so I wanted to make something that would allow my house to smell like summertime on the shore all year round: DIY surf wax candles.

surf wax candle supplies

What you need:

Surf Wax (3 bars per one medium sized candle)

Double Broiler (See how to make one here)

Wood Skewers

Candle Wicks (you can find these at any craft store)

Candle Vessel

surf wax candle containers

I found some cute little ceramic bowls at a thrift store and decided to use those as my candle vessels. A little glass dish will work great too.

surfboard and shoes

First, find a surfboard with old wax on it. If you don’t own one or have access to one, you can always use fresh surf wax.

You can buy surf wax at any surf shop, or hereMr. Zog’s and Sticky Bumps are pretty common brands. Either one smells great and has a variety of color options.

My boards are back in Florida, but my uncle lives close by and he had one on deck that I could use.

scrape the wax

Begin scraping off wax until you have enough that fills up your vessel, plus some more. The wax will melt down, so you definitely will need more than you think!

double broiler

After you have acquired all your wax, make a double broiler and begin melting it down. If you chose to purchase surf wax, I suggest slicing it up into smaller chunks as it will be easier to melt. Use your wooden skewers to constantly stir the wax until it has melted down completely. The first candle I made was used with leftover wax which turned to a blue-grey color. The second and third one I made with newly purchased wax.

wax in vessel

Once all of the wax is melted, place a candle wick in the center of the vessel and slowly pour the wax into the vessel, filling it up about 2/3rd of  the way. Hold the wick in place until the wax begins to re-set.

candle close

Once the wax has cooled and set, you are finished! Light away and smell the shore :)

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Megan -March 25, 2014, 9:15AM

I actually bought surf wax last summer when I was in Florida with the intentions of making a candle. But it’s still sitting in a bag with seashells that I found. I like the random vessels you used.

Michaela Jean -March 25, 2014, 11:03AM

This is seriously the best DIY I have ever seen. I can’t wait to try this, I love the smell of Sticky Bumps.



Juliette Laura -March 25, 2014, 11:49AM

Okay so fun for summer!!

Taylor -March 25, 2014, 1:57PM

such a great idea that I’ve never thought of! Surf wax reminds me of Summer at the beach! totally trying this!

Krystal -March 25, 2014, 8:51PM

These are so cute and would look lovely in any room! I have to try to make one! Thank you for sharing!

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Tereza -March 26, 2014, 3:38AM

Love this beach-life inspired craft. Perfect gift too!

KJH -March 26, 2014, 5:54AM

I really like this idea – I had my first surf experience last summer and can’t wait to try it again. Reminding myself of the seashoresurf smell will just about get me through to summer! Thanks for sharing.

Crista -March 27, 2014, 2:14PM

That’s totally rad.

Alana -April 9, 2014, 6:08PM

We tried this at home using sticky bumps wax, but the candles don’t burn very well…the wax itself catches fire :( thinking it may be due to the petroleum jelly in the surf wax.

Julia -May 7, 2014, 6:48AM

Great stuffs…Lovely post which you have shared with people. Just gone through your post and the ideas which you have mentioned in post, awesome. Thanks for such a lovely post. Keep going…

Mariah -May 9, 2014, 7:51PM

Tried making this with cool water sticky bumps and ended up with HUGE flames! The entire surface of the wax caught fire and made like 6″ flames. Don’t use sticky bumps. Or just don’t light it. Very dangerous.

Lucy -August 28, 2014, 12:08PM

Oh wow these look really cool! I just bought my first house and I am getting into the DIY mindset forbathroom accessories. I love these!

Kerri -December 23, 2014, 5:57AM

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while…and finally did. I even made tealight candles. I had everything ready to give for presents, and then I tested one! Big old fire! I’m so glad I tested before giving. I used sticky bumps, and now trying to find a wax that won’t burn the house down. Test before you give!!

Rachel -July 12, 2015, 6:37AM

I’m using Sex Wax, but I’ve tried two different wicks and they both burned out right away. What kind of wick did you use? Thanks!

Mel -November 14, 2015, 8:20PM

My candle also doesnt stay lit! The wax sometimes catches fire but that’s it. Is there a specific type of surfwax we should be using? I think I used cold water…

Nat -January 3, 2016, 2:56PM

I suggest using Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax for Tropical Water. Its melting point is closer to that of the usual paraffin or soy waxes used in candles, which means it should burn slower and not put out the flame like a cold water surf wax would. Happy candle making!

Mahak -February 18, 2016, 2:00PM

Creative idea. Thanks for sharing useful information :)
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