One of my favorite thing to do all year is burn candles. They are the perfect compliment to any room and add a warm home feel when being burned. I love that there are many different scents and they change every season. One thing I don’t like is the price. I spend hundred of dollars a year on candles. I always burn them all the way down but I feel like they are over priced. So I decided to finally make my own.
I have been playing with the idea of making candles for a long time but the process was always so intimidating to me. I watched videos and read articles but it was a something completely different than what I have ever done before. Well I finally decided to go outside my comfort zone and it was so worth it. Honestly, candles are so easy to make and they don’t take very long either. I love the way mine turned out and will definitely be making more.
The instructions I am giving you are for the first and only candle I have made so far. So the timing and measurements might be different for you but this is how I did it. Also I did not measure any thing out I guessed and it turned out very well. I also made a cute little something extra out of my left over wax so keep reading for that bonus DIY.
What you will need:
– soy wax flakes
– candle wicks
– a glass container (I used a small bowl)
– a large glass measuring cup
– crayon to color your candle
– hot glue gun
– scented oil
Start by filling your measuring cup with wax flakes and small pieces of your crayon. The bowl I was using is a small dip bowl so I did not need a lot of wax. If you are using a larger container then you will need more wax.
Next use your hot glue gun to attach the wick to the bottom of your glass container. To hold my wick up straight I taped two pencil together and laid them on either side of the wick. I left them there when I poured my wax and while it cooled.
Then you are going to put your wax into the microwave for two minutes checking and string it every 30 seconds. Once the wax is completely melted your going to add your scented oil.
I melted about two cups of wax and added about a teaspoon of oil to my mixture. After you add the oil stir your wax very good so that the oil is throughout. If you feel like your mixture needs more oil feel free to add it. I measured the scent of my candle by letting the wax on my spoon dry after mixing and smelling the wax on my spoon.
Once you have mixed together all your ingredients it is time to pour your wax. Slowly pour your wax in your container and allow it to dry completely before removing the pencils from the wick. My candle only took an hour to dry because it was small but it could take any where from two to eight hours depending on the size of the candle and the temperature of the room.
Once the candle is dry remove your pencils and trim the wick.
When making a larger candle I did see people having a problem with a crater forming in their candle after it has dried. So be prepared to have to do some touch ups after your candle has dried.
After I poured my candle I still had some melted wax left over so I took a silicone ice cube tray and poured my wax in make mini wax palm trees. These would be perfect for wax burners or even a gift. It would also come in handy if your candle does sink in the top you could remelt the wax and fill in the hole.
Tips and Tricks to learn from
Since this was my first time making a candle I chose to make a smaller one. My candle dried very quickly and I was very happy with how it turned out. When I make another candle I will be changing a few things though. When making my candle I added about a 1/4 of a crayon and it turned out in a very light blue color. I plan to add more crayon the next time I make it. Also the wax dried lighter than when it was wet. So if you plan to make a candle and the melted wax is lighter than you would like add more crayon at that time. Another thing to remember is that you can burn wax so once it has completely melted there is no need to leave it in the microwave any longer.
Over all I am very happy with how this project turned out. It is very easy to make and can easily be corrected if an error is made. If you are not completely sure about this project and don’t want to spend the money on wax flakes you can always use old candles or even wax cubes that are already scented.