DIY Autumn Candles That Are Fun & Easy

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DIY autumn candles

Autumn candles can transport you to your favorite memories of the season. Whether it’s the smell of pumpkin pie, leaves crunching underfoot, or a wood-burning fireplace, certain scents just scream fall.

It’s autumn, and plant leaves are turning yellow and orange, which means it’s time to start thinking about fall scented candles. Autumn is the breathtaking scenic time of the year and what better way to enjoy it than by lighting a candle that captures the season’s essence?

The smell of cinnamon and apples always makes me feel warm and happy inside. While autumn candles can be a wonderful way to enjoy the season, it’s essential to choose the right candle scent for you. There are a number of different autumn candles on the market, so it can be tough to decide which one to buy. If you prefer fresh autumn smells but are not sure where to start, I’ll put together a list of best fall scented candles and a quick DIY recipe for you.

Why choose fall scented autumn candles?

There are a few reasons why autumn candles make the perfect choice for this time of year. First of all, the autumn season brings with it a sense of nostalgia, as well as many different smells that we usually associate with this time of year.

They can help to create a warm and cozy atmosphere in your home. Fall scented candles are also great for filling your house with the smells of autumn, which can really help to get you into the spirit of things. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, sandalwood, cedar wood, autumn leaves, and many more – Indeed all of these smells can be captured in autumn candles.

Finally, these candles can help to make autumn-themed decorating projects very easy. For instance, if you want to paint pumpkins, it’s much easier if your home smells like one!

So now that fall season has arrived, and autumn candles are everywhere, what should you choose? It can be tricky because everyone’s preferences are different. Some people prefer candles that have a strong scent, while others might prefer something more subtle, something sweeter, and more floral.

There are many different options available nowadays – everything from classic candle scents to autumn scented soy candle. Undoubtedly, the best way to find an autumn scent soy candle for you is to think about what smells remind you of autumn.

Do you like the smell of spiced pumpkin, sandalwood or apple cider? Or maybe you prefer the smell of autumn leaves, cedarwood or spicy cinnamon? You can buy samples of a few different brands and see what smell work best! Or you can DIY autumn candles with your favorite autumn scents. We will get to this later. But for now, let’s take a look at what different autumn candle scents are.

Here are some of the best fall candles that relax body and mind:

fall candle scents

Pumpkin Spice:

The first thing that should come to mind when thinking of autumn scented candles is pumpkin spice. This scent has become synonymous with Autumn since Starbucks introduced their famous pumpkin spice latte back in 2003. This prevalent fall candle smell will bring about images of Thanksgiving dinners and Halloween parties with its spicy aroma. If this isn’t what you had in your memory, there are many other autumn scents out there to choose from.

Apple Cinnamon:

Apples and cinnamon – one of the most popular autumn combinations! This candle smells like freshly baked pastries making it a perfect fall candle for the kitchen or dining room table where you will be baking all of your favorite autumn treats. This scent is sweet and spicy, perfect for autumn.

Caramel Apple:

A delicious mix of sweet apples and caramel – perfect for autumn!

Spiced Cranberry:

Tart cranberries mixed with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove give this scent a warm feeling – a perfect treat for autumn evenings.


A sweet, autumnal scent with vanilla and maple syrup notes. Maple and brown sugar can’t be beaten for those who love sweet smells! It smells just like pancakes.

Fir Balsam:

This is a fresh, woodsy scent that is like a Christmas tree in a candle!

Vanilla Bean:

Sweet and comforting, vanilla is a classic autumn scent.

Best fall scented candles from top notch brands that will make your home smell like autumn:

Looking to go the extra mile? Here’s a roundup of best fall candles from top brands you could use throughout your house.

Some of the most popular fall scented candles include:

Diptyque Cannelle/Cinnamon Candle

This cinnamon scent is a classic, one of the first three Diptyque candles. This autumn-scented candle has a mix of woody and spicy aromas. The main note is cinnamon, with additional orange, cedar, and labdanum notes.

It’s perfect for autumn because the smell of cinnamon reminds us of Christmas time! It’s pretty pricey, but the smell is worth it! Ideal for cozy and warm light when you want to snuggle in a warm blanket, and autumn is the best time for that.

Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Jar Candle

The pumpkin dulce scented candle from Capri blue has a mix of pumpkin, spices, and cloves. It’s perfect for filling your home with the smells of fall. With sweet notes of white pumpkin, whipped vanilla, and sweet gingersnap, this soy candle is ideal for folks who love the smell of pumpkin spice. The Capri blue will bring the autumn Harvest to your living room and you’ll be able to enjoy the smell of pumpkin all season long!

Homesick Pumpkin Picking Candle

Missed the chance of pumpkin picking season? No worries, this candle will bring autumnal fun to you. It smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, and more autumn spices that will make your house feel like a pumpkin patch. The lovely fragrance of the pumpkin picking pillar candle will linger in your living room and make you feel like you’re outside on a crisp autumn day. In addition, Imagine the sweet notes of clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and pumpkin scent that will fill your house with the Home Sweet autumn scent.

pumpkin scented autumn candles

Pumpkin Chai Candle Nest Fragrances

This autumn scented candle will transport you to a relaxing Autumn day with its delicious wild pumpkin and spicy masala chai tea blend. The Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai candle will fill your living room with the autumnal scents of pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom.

It’s the perfect candle to cozy up with on a chilly Autumn evening. The smell of this candle is warm and inviting, perfect for autumn. A richly scented candle with warm and autumnal spices is Perfect for anyone who loves the smell of pumpkin spice. This beautifully crafted candle features premium wax, a lead-free cotton wick, and an autumn blend of essential oils. It comes in a luxurious apothecary-style candle jar with a wooden lid, making it the perfect autumn candle to gift to someone special.

Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Apple Pumpkin

One of our favorite Yankee candle scents, the Apple Pumpkin candle, is autumn in a jar. The scented candle has the perfect mix of sweet and spicy scents, with pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon notes. It’s the ideal autumn candle to fill your house with the smells of fall. The Yankee Candle Apple Pumpkin candle will make your living room smell like a delicious autumn pie.

It’s the perfect candle to cozy up with on a chilly autumn night. Because of pumpkin, apple, and vanilla notes, this aroma will remind you of baking a pumpkin pie if you light it. This candle is a must-have for autumn with fall’s signature fragrances of pumpkin and cinnamon. The large jar candle provides up to 110 hours of burn time, making it a great value for the price.

Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Spice Latte

Autumn is the season for pumpkin spice lattes, and this candle captures the delicious smell of a Starbucks favorite. The Bath and Body Work Pumpkin Spice Latte candle has the perfect autumnal mix of spices, with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and freshly brewed espresso. It’s the perfect candle to fill your house with the smells of fall.

The pumpkin spice Latte from The Bath and Body Works will make your living room smell like a cozy Autumn cafe. It’s the perfect candle to cozy up with on a chilly Autumn night. With its warm and inviting fragrance, this candle is sure to become a Fall favorite. The large jar candle provides up to 70 hours of burn time, making it an excellent value for the price.

Finding comforting scented autumn candles:

Perhaps what you’re looking for is autumn candles that evoke a sense of fall. One candle can do just this. This scent smells like fresh fallen autumn leaves and pairs well with apple spice for an autumn sensation in your home.

The best way to find an excellent autumn candle for you is to try out a few different scents. You can visit your favorite local store or order candles online. Many websites offer free samples so that you can try out other fragrances before buying a full-sized candle.

Once you’ve found a few autumn scents that you enjoyed, it’s time to choose your favorite candle. If you’re having trouble picking just one autumn scent, consider buying more than one autumn scented candle. You could get a spiced pumpkin, and woodsy autumn scented candle, for example; this way, you’ll be able to enjoy two different fall smells in your home throughout the autumn season.

Or you can make fall scented autumn candles at home!

Making your fall inspired DIY autumns candle is the perfect way to bring some of that cozy, autumn feeling into your home. A fall smelling candle is an ideal way to inject a bit of warmth and comfort into your home without having to spend time outdoors in autumn weather.

Choosing the right fall scent:

Autumn candles are quite different from other seasonal candles because they can be used all year round. This means that choosing the right scent will give you great joy all year long. When choosing a fall scent, think about the smells that remind you of autumn time. Do you think about pumpkin pies, apple orchard picking trips, cinnamon rolls, or just cool weather?

Picking the right candle for your needs:

The next step is picking out what type of autumn candles you want to make. Fall candles come in all shapes and sizes. From small tea light candles to large pillar candles, there is a perfect fall scented candle for you. When choosing the type of autumn candles to make at home, think about what you need them for or where you want to place them in your house.

For example, one of our favorite ideas for small autumn candles is pumpkin scented autumn tea lights. Tea lights are great on their own and add some festive cheer on an autumn dinner table when combined with pumpkins and fall flowers. Pillar candle is also perfect for cozy autumn evenings spent snuggling up on the couch and watching Halloween movies with a cup of hot cocoa.

Get some DIY autumn candles inspiration:

There is nothing more inspiring than seeing what other people have done to bring some extra warmth into their homes during the fall season, so it’s time to start looking for inspiration! One of the great places to find inspiration for autumn candles is on Pinterest, where you can search through autumn themed boards and come across some amazing ideas. Some of our favorite fall candle pins include a simple pumpkin and apple pie spice scented candle. And that’s what we’re going to make today!

pumpkin and apple scented candle

A simple and easy tutorial for pumpkin scented autumn candles

Pumpkin scented autumn candles are perfect for adding a touch of fall to any room in your house. A pumpkin spice candle will fill your home with the warm smells of the season.

Now that you know how to choose the perfect fall candle for your needs and you’ve picked the perfect fall scent, it’s time to start making your fall smelling candles!

Gather your supplies which will include:

  • Soy wax or paraffin wax
  • 100% cotton candle wicks
  • Autumn inspired scents (such as spiced pumpkin, pumpkin pie or spicy cinnamon)
  • A double boiler or microwave-safe container
  • Cupcake liners or tea light containers
  • Wooden spoon for stirring
  • A ladle for pouring wax
  • Wooden skewers and clothespins to hold the wick
  • Candy thermometer
  • A wick trimmer
  • Wax paper to avoid spills

Autumn candles making steps to follow:

Carefully, Melt the soy wax on a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave with constant stirring. Why am I not using paraffin wax despite its strong scent throw? Because:

  • It is a petroleum byproduct
  • Resourcing paraffin wax is non-renewable and definitely not sustainable
  • It doesn’t burn clean; produces smoke
  • Leaves black soot marks on walls of container and surroundings

I always prefer a vegetable-based wax like soy wax because:

  • It is 100% natural
  • Renewable sourced thus environment-friendly
  • Clean burning with low soot or smoke
  • It offers a great scent throw as well

Make sure you attach the candy thermometer (with clip) to the wax melting pot and monitor it regularly. Once the soy wax has melted, take the pot off the stove and allow it to cool to a lower temperature.

When the temperature reaches the flashpoint for the chosen essential oil, add 10 to 15 drops of it to the melted wax. I am going to add pumpkin spice for my pumpkin scented cupcake tea lights. Stir in well.

The following step is optional!

But you can get creative with your candles to match the vibes of making autumn candles for any themed party. For this, mildly heat the wax again and add a few chunks from your favorite food-grade dye or crayon to the melted wax. Mix it well so the color gets infused with the wax thoroughly. Allow the scented wax to cool again.

Now, pour the melted wax into your cupcake liners, about halfway full for tea lights.

Place the cotton wicks at the center of each autumn candle and wait until they harden (about 15 minutes).

After you have made your autumn candles, have fun with them! Get creative and add personal touches (e.g., add dried flower petals) to make your autumn candles unique.

If you need some inspiration to decorate your fall candles with dried flowers, we have a separate blog post for this as well. Make sure to read it well to understand the steps.

These are some essential tips to get you started:

  1. Always keep safety first and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Use an old candle as a test before you make your final fall scented candle, just to make sure that everything is working great, as it should.
  3. Make sure you have enough wax for each batch of candles and never double dip! This will affect the quality of your fall candle.
  4. Be sure to keep your autumn themed candles out of reach from pets, children, and other things that may cause the wax to spill when they get too close.
  5. Always use caution when burning candles and never leave them unattended.

The best part about making your own fall candles is that you can customize them perfectly for yourself. So, don’t be hesitate to try something new until you find the perfect fall candle recipe for you.

DIY fall candle wreaths

Autumn candles are a great way to enjoy the warm, cozy scents of autumn without having to leave the comfort of your home. With help of few simple ingredients and some essential equipment, you can easily make your autumn candle wreath that is sure to fill your home with the scents of autumn. This lovely decoration can also be a great way to add a touch of autumn to your decor.

To make a DIY fall candle wreath, you will need:

  • A metal or wooden hoop
  • Thin gauge wire
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Autumn leaves (real or artificial)
  • Candles of your choice (tea lights work well for this project)

First, use the wire to form a hanger on the back of your metal or wooden hoop. Then, cut branches from the autumn leave and attach them to the hoop with wire. Next, add candles to the wreath in any pattern you like. Finally, embellish the wreath with ribbon and leaves, if desired.

This is just one example of how you can make a DIY Autumn candle wreath. It’s your choice to get creative and add personal touches to make your wreath unique. For example, you could try using different autumn-themed decorations, such as acorns, berries, or pinecones.

FAQs related to autumn candles

Is Lavender a fall scent?

Lavender is not typically considered a fall scent, but it can be used in autumn candles. It depends on what other scents you’re using and how they work together. For example, if you’re using lavender and citrus scents, the lavender will likely dominate the scent. However, using lavender with other floral scents or woody scents can create a beautiful autumn candle.

What are some popular autumn candle scents?

Popular Autumn candle scents include pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. You can also use essential oils to create custom autumn candle blends. For example, you could try combining lavender, orange, and patchouli essential oils to create an autumn-themed candle.

Can I use autumn candles year-round?

Yes, Autumn candles can be used year-round. However, they are typically most popular during the autumn season. Many people enjoy the warm, cozy scents of autumn candles during the colder months of the year. Autumn candles can also make great gifts for friends and family during the holiday season.

Do autumn candles have to be scented?

No, autumn candles do not have to be scented. However, most people prefer autumn candles scented with warm, cozy fragrances. If you choose to scent your autumn candles, you can use essential oils, fragrance oils, or even food-grade spices to create a custom scent.


The weather is cooling down and the leaves are changing color, which can only mean one thing- Autumn is here! Autumn is a beautiful time to enjoy all of the beautiful things that the season offers, including cozy fires, beautiful scenery, and of course, autumn candles. Autumn candles are a great way to enjoy the warm, cozy scents of autumn without having to leave the comfort of your home. This lovely decoration can also be a great way to add a touch of autumn to your decor.

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