how to fix candle sinkholes without heat gun

Candle sinkholes, also known as “candle craters” or “candle wells,” can occur when the wax around the wick of a burning candle melts unevenly, leaving a depression or hole in the center. You can fix candle sinkholes without a heat gun by following these steps:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Candle wick trimmer or scissors
  2. Candle lighter or matches
  3. Candle wax melters (optional)
  4. Small pieces of wax from the same candle or a matching candle
  5. Toothpick or wooden skewer
  6. Wick centering tool (optional)
  7. Aluminum foil or wax paper (to protect surfaces)


  1. Trim the Wick:
    • Before attempting to fix the sinkhole, trim the candle wick to about 14 inch (6 mm) above the surface of the wax. A longer wick can contribute to uneven melting.
  2. Light the Candle:
    • Light the candle and let it burn for a few minutes, allowing a pool of melted wax to form around the wick. This will create a small reservoir of liquid wax.
  3. Wait for the Sinkhole to Form:
    • Allow the candle to burn until the sinkhole forms in the center. This might take 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the candle.
  4. Extinguish the Flame:
    • Blow out the candle flame gently, taking care not to disturb the wax pool.
  5. Fill the Sinkhole:
    • Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, push the softened wax from the sides of the candle toward the center to fill the sinkhole. You can also use small pieces of wax from the same candle or a matching candle to fill the depression. The heat from the surrounding wax will help the new wax blend in.
  6. Recenter the Wick (Optional):
    • If the wick has shifted during the process, use a wick centering tool or a toothpick to reposition it in the center of the candle. A centered wick promotes even burning.
  7. Let the Wax Harden:
    • Allow the newly added wax to harden and cool completely. This may take an hour or more.
  8. Trim the Wick (Again):
    • Once the wax has hardened, trim the wick to the recommended length of about 14 inch (6 mm) above the surface of the candle.
  9. Burn the Candle:
    • Relight the candle and enjoy it as usual. The repaired area should burn evenly with the rest of the candle.

By following these steps, you can fix sinkholes in your candles without the need for a heat gun or any specialized equipment. It’s essential to exercise caution when working with open flames and hot wax to ensure your safety and prevent any accidents.