Candles fill living space with beautiful scents and can be a perfect gift. Even though they are usually not very expensive, we can’t think of a reason why not to make them yourself. First of all, the process isn’t complicated at all. You don’t need many supplies, they’re easy to get, and it won’t take you more than an hour to make a batch.
After you’re done, there won’t be a horrible mess left behind. And of course, the entire process is great for boosting creativity and relaxing. You can experiment with all sort of scents and mix your favorite ones together. So, let’s start with the supplies…(via)
What you need:
- Candle containers
- Pre-waxed, pre-tabbed wicks
- Soy wax flakes
- Superglue or hot glue
- Melting pot, large glass heat-proof bowl, or an old saucepan
- A Large pot
- Mixing spoon
- Candy thermometer
- Masking tape
- Paper towels
- Fragrance oil or essential oil
- A small container
Step 1- Choosing candle containers and wicks
There are so many options for choosing candle containers. Depending on what you like, you can use colorful tins, ceramic cups, drinking glasses, mason jars, old teacups…If you have old candle containers, remove the remaining wax, wash them thoroughly and make sure they’re dry before using them again. One thing you should pay attention to is that the containers are heat-safe.
Believe it or not, but choosing wicks can be a tricky part. To make sure you don’t make a wrong choice, use instructions, like this one here. Once you learn what’s important when choosing wicks, it’s gonna be much easier the second time you decide to make candles. And finally, measure your containers. There’s a super easy way to do it. Fill them with water and then pour that water inside a measuring cup.
Step 2- Melting the wax
Ok, before we start with the step 2, there’s one more thing to do. You should measure the wax. This part is easy since for 1 ounce of liquid you’ll need 1 ounce of soy wax. As for melting wax, it’s similar to melting chocolate. Add water into a pot, heat it, place the wax into a melting pot and put it into the water.
This is where you have to be patient. It might take some time for the wax to melt down completely, but hey, turn on some music or a podcast, stir occasionally and before you know it, it’s gonna be done. When the wax melts down completely, let it cool down a bit. If you have a candy thermometer, 140ºF is the best temperature.
Step 3- Preparing the candle containers
This step is easy and you’ll get it done in no time. Candle containers should be clean and dry. Glue down the wick to the bottom center of a container. You can stabilize the wick using tape. There’s no need to explain how that works, just see the image above.
Step 4- Adding the fragrance
Choose the essential or fragrance oil you like the most. When it comes to essential oils, it’s always good to have them around since they bring both emotional and physiological balance. You can also use them for making bath salts and mood mists. Fragrance oils have a stronger scent and by time, you’ll learn how to balance them. To have a clearer picture of the necessary amount of oils, use 1 ounce of fragrance per 1 pound of wax. Add the fragrance as soon as the wax cools down to a desired temperature.
Step 5- Pouring in the wax
This step speaks for itself. The wax between 120º to 140º F is perfect for pouring in the candle containers. Do it slowly and evenly, avoid the tape and the wick. If you spill a bit, it’s easier to clean while the wax is still liquid. Remove the tape and trim the wick a bit. There’s a good reason behind doing that- there won’t me as much smoke. You should leave the candles cool down for about 24 hours before burning them.
This may look complicated at first, but trust us, it’s a piece of cake. Once you finish with the first batch, you’ll want to make more. The most important thing is to enjoy in the process, relax and experiment with scents.
If you don’t have enough time to make your own soy candles, we recommend a few to check out:
- Snowflora Soy Candles by Illume– they come in three special combination of fragrances- Orange Clove, Balsam & Cedar, Snowflakes & Icicles. Each one is vegetable-paraffin wax blended and hand poured and can burn for 32 hours.
- Anthology Candles- made from completely natural soy wax, these candles are inspired by music, books, and movies. Very original.
- Platinum Round Candles by Antica Farmacista– these candles have a subtle scent and they come in 15 fragrances.
- Quote Candles by Damselfly– just like the name says, these candles come with a nice quote.
- Paddywax Candles Library Collection– each candle from the collection is paired with a quote from great names of literature.
- Voluspa Candles– there are seven collections, each with several fragrance blends.
- Diptyque Candles– with over 50-year-long fragrance-making tradition this Franch company offers fifty different fragrances.
- We Took To The Woods Candles– inspired by changing of the seasons and the woods, these handmade candles have a subtle fragrance.