making candles

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To me, there is nothing more relaxing than a candlelit room and a cup of tea or sitting in a bath surrounded by candles. While that is all well and good, candles can be expensive to buy. Also, I have always wanted the scents to be stronger and candles to be a little more affordable. More than those things I have really just wanted to make them myself.

Let me be honest, I’ve don’t think I have ever written directions for anything. I am not great at writing down recipes because I’m not great at following them. I don’t really write how to’s because my mind works more creatively. But hey, I will give it a try because there is a first time for everything.

Supplies needed:

  • Candle Holder
  • Candle pouring pot
  • Boiling pot
  • Candles wax blocks or flakes
  • Sent oil (optional)
  • wick & wick stickums or sticky wax
  • Colorant for wax (optional)

Alright, Let’s do this!

  1. Fill your boiling pot 1/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Place the candle pouring pot inside and place wax a little at a time for it to melt.
    Adjust heat as needed so the water isn’t jumping out at you.
  3. While the wax is melting— place the sticky wax on the bottom of the metal to hold the wick in position and press firmly in the center at the bottom of your holder so that the wick can be held in place.
  4. Once wax is completely melted you can add your scent and color, as little or as much, to fit your preference.
    I love strong candles so I use more.
  5. Stir in scent and color
  6. Pour the wax till the container is almost full.
  7. Allow time for it to dry.
  8. Spice up your jar with labels, string, or fabric to your liking.

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Tips & things:

  • I got my pouring pot, wax, wicks, and that sticky stuff at Michael’s. You could probably find them in your local craft store or online.
  • You can add more solid things for look and scent; I added fresh rosemary to a vanilla candle & my husband grated orange peels so he could have an orange scented candle.
  • Also kind of a fun, I used essential oils for some of my candles because…. why not!
  • For containers I used old mugs (I have so many anyway), mason jars, and even old candle containers.
  • If you want to use an old container place it in the freezer over night and the wax will come out the next morning with ease.

have fun creating!