It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means….time to check off that gift shopping list! I don’t know about you, but I’m really bad at waiting till the last minute with gifts. I love the idea behind gift giving, but I’m not good at buying throughout the year and then waiting until Christmas day to give the gift (I have horrible delayed gratification!). So, I decided to explore the candle department and focus on making my own candles to give out this year (shhh…don’t tell anyone!)
Making Your Own Candles
- soy wax (it’s clean, and environmental friendly)
- essential oils or candle fragrance (I went with CandleScience fragrance)
- candle wicks
- jars (any type of glass jar or tin will be fine)
- double boiler (or two old pots, one big one and one small one)
- hot glue gun
- gift tag
Amazon is a great place to shop for these items! You can also shop at craft stores or Marshalls for the jar.
Keep in mind this can get messy, so be prepared and use newspapers or towels to place down so that it’s not all over the kitchen counter. Also, if you’re using kitchen materials make sure to thoroughly hand wash for safety precautions. DO NOT pour wax down the sink, instead once your done use a spray bottle and paper towels to clean out the wax before hand washing. (make sure to do this right away so the wax does not harden)
1.Start your double boiler on medium heat (I just used my own pots, but you can purchase a double boiler system)
2. While the water is being heated, hot glue the bottom of your wax stick to the bottom of your jar or tin.
3.After about 5 minutes pour your desired amount of wax in.
**Below you will find a calculation that may be useful to you in figuring out the amount of wax to use.**
(ounces of wax per container) X (number of containers)= OUNCES NEEDED
(ounces needed) divided by 16 (the ounces in 1 pound)= YOUR POUNDS OF WAX NEEDED
3. Use the thermometer to keep track of the heated wax, you DO NOT want it to get above 200 degrees Fahrenheit (it will discolor).
4. Look at the Flashpoint on your fragrance bottle/essential oils and pour your fragrance in at that specified temperature. (Flashpoint: the desired temperature to add the fragrance)
**General rule of thumb: if the flashpoint is above 185 degrees on the label then add the fragrance when it’s at 185 degrees.**
5. Stir thoroughly with a spatula for about 2 minutes.
6. Meanwhile prepare your candle wick by taking the top part and wrapping it around a pencil so that it helps to keep the stick in the middle.
6. remove the double boiler from the heat and let it drop to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. It should start to look more like a slushy liquid.
7. Pour the wax into the candle and let it sit for 24 hours.
Wah lah! You have a candle! Add a decorative twist to the jar by creating a homemade tag and maybe hot glue ribbon around the bottom rim! (or just leave it plain) it’s all to your liking!
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Wishing You Well,
Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life