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How To Make Candle Labels 

Learn how to make candle labels at home with a printable checklist of what to put on a candle label, valuable tips, and how-to candle label videos! 

I know many of you would agree that one of the best things about making candles is customizing everything! Candle wax—check, Fragrance—check, Wick—check, Container—double check. Each component is what makes your handcrafted candle stand apart from all others. 

So, I completely understand when I receive emails and DMs asking how you make your own candle labels and what kind of printer you use. Candle labels can, in fact, be a pain point for any candle maker. 

I’ll go as far as to say that it’s pretty normal to feel lost when it comes to what label paper works for candles and what size fits best. There are a lot of choices out there, and if you’re constantly switching candle jars, it can be a real headache. 

And if you make candles to sell, the pressure only rises because a candle’s appearance (hello, e-commerce) can make or break your business. 

So, hear me when I say I know how important it is to make candle labels well. Step into my studio to learn what labels are best for candles, what sizes fit, what to put on a label, and a whole lot more. 

I’ve got a printable candle label checklist, a sizing guide, and videos, too. We’re going to make candle labels that reflect your brand and draw your customers in! 

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Choosing The Size Of Your Candle Labels

The first step to learning how to make candle labels is choosing your label size. Do a quick search for candles on Pinterest, and you’ll see candle labels in varying sizes, shapes, and styles. There’s a lot to consider, from slim modern labels to rustic Kraft squares or sleek circles. 

Ultimately, the size of the label will determine the amount of information you can fit on it, the overall style, and the cost of printing.

So, I completely understand how determining your candle label size can feel overwhelming with all the variations.  That’s why I created this guide to labeling candles for you! 

How To Choose Candle Label Size:

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  • Determine your candle container size. My container size was easy to find on the product page. If you’re having trouble measuring a curved shape, use a sewing tape measure that is completely flexible. 
  • Next, to save money, cut out labels from white cardstock in a few sizes that will fit the front of your candle container and the lid, if it has one. See the graphic below, where I applied blank labels to my candle jar. 

With these steps, you can easily choose the correct label size for your container without wasting money on labels that don’t fit!

Related To: Is Your Candle Wick the Right Size?

What Should You Put On Candle Labels?

Once you’ve selected your candle label size, it’s time to decide what to put on it. This will vary greatly depending on whether you intend to sell candles, decorate your home with candles, or give candles as gifts. 

Print a fill-in-the-blank checklist below to record your ideas as you work through this list of what to put on a candle label.

What To Include On A Candle Label

Candle Scent: 

The scent of a candle is just as important as its appearance. In fact, it’s the number one reason why consumers buy candles! So, why not include your candle scent on the label?

The candle scent makes a great name for your candle, too. I labeled my candle Wild Spruce Noir because it exudes aromatic sandalwood, spruce, and sage notes. Inviting you to indulge in the allure of the desert or embrace the free-spirited vibe of bohemian candles. 


Include an icon to add additional appeal to your candle scent or style. The Wild Spruce Noir Candle Label Template I used includes an editable succulent icon, adding to the desert appeal of the terracotta-colored 12 oz Aura jars and desert candle scent. 

Type of Candle Wax:

Most of us like to know what we are burning. I, for one, won’t buy a candle that doesn’t list the type of wax. 

So, including the wax you use on the label is a good idea. Also, if you use natural beeswax, soy, or coconut wax, you should highlight this. Consumers will pay more for a high-quality candle made with eco ingredients. 

Candle Weight Or Size:

If you sell candles at different price points, you may want to include the size for each price point on the candle label. For example, you might include 8oz or 8 ounces on the candle label. You could also categorize your candles with “Travel Candle” or “Sample Candle” for a 2-ounce candle. 

Burn Time:

Another idea to add weight to your candle pricing structure is to include the burn time on the label. The hours of burn time will vary depending on the wax and the size of the candle. 

P.S. You can find a free printable burn time chart with my tips to make a candle last longer! 

Safety Warning:

If you’re selling candles, including a safety warning is always a good idea. I share this information on a candle care card designed to match my label. You could also opt for small warning labels like these, which you can place on the underside of your container. 


Candle labels are a great place to include personalization. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Recognize your home city or state by including “Made In Dallas” or “Made in Texas.”
  • Celebrating a friend or relative’s birthday? Include “Happy Birthday,” “Birthday Glow Up,” or “I’m a 90s B*!#” on the label.
  • Why not add Mom, Nana, or Gigi established 2024 as the title on a candle label for a new birth or Mother’s Day gift? 
  • If you’re making candles for a wedding, the label could include the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date. 
Brand Name or Logo:

If you have a candle business, don’t miss the opportunity to create brand awareness by including your business name or logo on the label! 

For bonus points, add where your company can be found on social platforms like @lifenrefleciton. You could also include your company’s unique hashtag for social sharing, such as #madesimple

Brief Description: 

Including a brief description on a candle label can evoke an emotional response. For example, I could have included “The Essence of The Taos Mountains” on my candle label to draw you into the mountain desert aroma. 

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Take time to ponder what you want to convey with your handcrafted candle to the recipient or customer. I created this printable checklist for you to get creative with all the details!

How Do You Make Candle Labels At Home?

Now that you have your label size and lots of ideas for what to include, it’s time to create it! But how do you make your own label for a candle at home? 

Well, I can tell you I tried a lot of things, from spending hours creating a label in Adobe to designing vinyl labels with my Cricut. I decided it was time to develop a shortcut to creating candle labels. 

That’s why I founded Made Simple! Now, you can showcase your handcrafted candles with stylish candle labels in minutes! Each design is fully customizable in Canva – see for yourself in this video tutorial. 

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And every purchase includes a free guidebook with How To Videos, a Bonus Canva Cheat Sheet, FAQs Guide, Free Candle Maker Resources, and More! I even include quick links to what label paper to use and candle jars that fit each label size – it’s what I call a sure-fit design. 

How Do You Print Candle Labels? 

You can print directly from Canva or upload your customized label to Avery and print from home. 

What kind of printer do I need to print candle labels?

I use a cartridge-free EcoTank printer to reduce waste in our landfills and save time and money. The printer comes with two years of ink right out of the box! I’ve never had a printer like that before. 

And the print quality is impressive! It’s unique Micro Heat-Free Technology produces sharp text – plus impressive color photos and graphics – on virtually any type of paper, labels included! 

What labels are best for candles?

Avery makes an incredible line of label paper that prints candle labels beautifully. It’s really easy to do—watch the video! (Don’t See The Video? Try Turning Off Your Ad Blocker)

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How To Put Labels on Candles

With your printed candle labels ready, it’s time to put them on your candle jars! Follow these quick tips for a smooth application. 

Applying Candle Labels

  • Wash and dry your hands before you begin to remove any hidden oils that may appear on the label.
  • Gently wipe your candle container with a soft, lint-free cloth to ensure the label adheres properly – A.K.A. sticks to the jar!
  • Depending on the shape and size of your candle container, you may need to stabilize it between two objects. Another option is to lay it on a towel folded three times.
  • Start in the corner of a label on the paper and lift while gently peeling it off.
  • Now, place the label over the candle jar, aligning it where you want it. Then press down on the center.
  • Use your fingers or a bone folder to smooth it out, removing any air bubbles working toward the edges. Ensure all the edges adhere to the candle container, and you’re done!

Now, you have everything you need to make candle labels at home! With just a few key steps, you can ensure your candle labels fit properly and look stunning!  

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