Harry Potter Sorting Hat Candles

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Discover which Hogwarts house you belong to with these easy DIY Sorting Hat Candles! The perfect gift idea for your favorite Harry Potter fan!

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Learn how to make these easy DIY Sorting Hat Candles! They make the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans!

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you ever wondered which Hogwarts house you belong in? There are lots and LOTS of fun internet quizzes to help you determine which house you should be sorted into (our favorite is the classic Pottermore quiz), but there are also lots of other ways to be sorted as well!

Sorting bath bombs have been really popular, and now, Sorting Hat Candles are gaining popularity, too. Simply burn the candle to reveal colored wax that corresponds to the Hogwarts house that you’ve been sorted into! They’re SO much fun!

This recipe makes 8 candles; two of each house color.

Soy wax flakes in melting pot for Sorting Hat Candles

Melt a small amount of soy wax in a candle making pitcher over low heat.

Green and blue wax melted in stainless steel pitchers

When the wax has melted, add in wax colorant for your first House color, and stir gently until melted and combined. The color should be quite dark as it will lighten when it cools.

Freshly poured red wax cubes in silicone tray

Carefully pour the wax into six wells of the silicone mold.

Red wax cubes with small center holes in silicone tray with awl tool in background

Allow the wax to cool until it is partially solidified but not yet hardened. Use a piercing tool or awl to create a small hole in the center of the wax block that is large enough to thread over the candle wick.

Freshly poured wax cubes in tray

Repeat the process for the remaining additional House colors.

Red, green, blue, and yellow wax cubes with small center holes in silicone mold
Empty glass jar with candle wick on mint green background

Center the wick in the base of the glass jar – use a double-sided sticky pad or a dab of hot glue to help hold the base of the wick in place.

Glass candle jar with metal wick holder half filled with liquid wax

Melt white wax (do not add colorant) and stir in fragrance oil of choice. Carefully pour the melted wax into the jar, filling the jar a little less than halfway. Allow to cool completely.

Candle jar with blocks of red wax on green background

Thread 2-3 of the cubes of colored wax on to the candle wick, making sure that the cubes do NOT touch the sides of the glass jar.

It may look like the colored cubes aren’t that far below the surface of the candle jar, but soy wax burns rather slowly. If you use two colored wax cubes, it should take around 8 hours of burning time before the colors is revealed; three cubes will shorten that time to around 4 hours.

Close up of digital thermometer with 120 degree reading

Melt the white wax and allow the liquid wax to cool until it reaches 120 degrees – this temperature ensures that the wax won’t melt the colored cubes and create a mess!

Pouring wax from a candle pitcher into a candle jar

Carefully pour the wax into the candle jar, covering the colored cubes.

overhead view of freshly poured white wax covering red blocks of wax
Freshly poured candle with red and white wax on green background

Allow the candle to cool completely.

White candle in glass jar on mint green background

When cooled, you won’t be able to see a trace of the color hidden inside the candle!

Three candles with yellow, blue, and green colored blocks of wax

Then, repeat the process using the other colors.

overhead view of freshly poured white wax covering blue and green blocks of wax
Cricut Maker machine cutting "The Sorting Candle" labels with Print Then Cut

Download the Sorting Candle labels and cut out. I used my Cricut Maker machine with the Print Then Cut feature.

White "The Sorting Candle" on mint green background

Add the labels, and the candles are ready to get sorting!

Hand holding candle with small green paint dot on bottom

Note: I like to mark the base of my candles with a small dot of acrylic paint in a coordinating color. Because the base of the jar is slightly concave, the paint is protected from normal wear, however, the paint is easily removed if the recipient wants to be surprised.

White candle with "The Sorting Candle" label on mint green background

Light the Sorting Hat candle, sit back, and wait for your house to be revealed!

White Sorting Candle burning with Slytherin Green Wax

After burning the candle for awhile, the colored block will begin to melt and the house color will be unveiled!

diy sorting hat candles for harry potter lovers
White Sorting Candle burning with Slytherin Green Wax with three candles in background

Green = Slytherin
Blue = Ravenclaw (that’s me!)
Red = Gryffindor
Yellow = Hufflepuff

You can read more about each of the different Hogwarts houses here.

White candle with "The Sorting Candle" label on mint green background

These Harry Potter-inspired Sorting Hat Candles are super easy to make, and they make a fabulous DIY gift idea for all occasions!

"The Sorting Hat" Candles on a green background

Sorting Hat Candles

Discover which Hogwarts house you belong to with these easy DIY Sorting House Candles! The perfect gift your favorite Harry Potter fan!
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Active Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 8 Candles (2 of each color)

Instructions:

For the Color Blocks

  • Melt 3/4 cup of soy wax flakes in a candle making pitcher over low heat.
  • When the wax has melted, add in wax colorant for your first house color, and stir gently until melted and combined. Note: the color should be quite dark as it will lighten when it cools.
  • Carefully pour the wax into six wells of the silicone mold and allow to cool until partially solidified but not yet firmly hardened. Use a piercing tool or awl to create a small hole in the center of the wax block that is large enough to thread over the candle wick. Allow to cool completely.
  • Clean candle pitcher and repeat the process for the three remaining house colors.

For the Candles

  • Center the wicks in the base of the glass jars – you can use a double-sided sticky pad or a dab of hot glue to help hold the base of the wick in place.
  • Melt 6 cups of soy wax flakes in a candle making pitcher over low heat. When melted, slowly stir in fragrance oil if using. We recommend using approximately 1/2 ounce of fragrance oil, but your amount may vary depending on scent preferences.
  • Carefully pour the melted wax into the jar, filling the jar a little less than halfway. Allow to cool completely.
  • Thread 2-3 of the cubes of colored wax on to the candle wick, making sure that the cubes do NOT touch the sides of the glass jar.
  • Melt 4 more cups of soy wax flakes, stir in fragrance oil as desired, and then allow the liquid wax to cool until it reaches 120 degrees.
  • Carefully pour the wax into the candle jar, covering the colored cubes. Allow the candles to cool completely.
  • Add labels as desired.
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