Is there anything better than coming home after a long day to indulge in a little self-care session? A glass of Shine Club Wine, a relaxing bath and the soothing smell of a scented candle. The flickering flames create just the right ambience to unwind and relax. Sounds like the *perfect* way to spend an evening, if you ask me!
The only thing that could make it better is if you make your candles yourself. The art of candle making is so much easier than you think and is an affordable alternative to buying those luxury candles online. If you can boil a pot of water, you can make a candle! Here’s how to make one in four simple steps.
What You’ll Need
- Candle wax
- A jar, bowl or glass
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Wick and sustainer
- Pencil or skewer
- Pot Spoon
- Stearic acid (optional)
- Fragrance (optional)
- Dye (optional)
And here's how to make them.
Step 1: Choose Your Container
Jars, bowls, glasses... get creative with this one! Whatever you choose to set your candle in, make sure the container can handle the hot temperature of the wax when heated.
Step 2: Centre Your Wick
Use double-sided tape or glue to secure your wick and sustainer to the centre of your container. If you’re using a large container, you may need more than one wick. Wrap the wick around a pencil or skewer and secure with tape. This is to keep the wick upright.
Step 3: Melt Your Wax
Melt your wax in a metal or heat-resistant glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. Use your chosen container to measure how much wax you’ll need. To have the candle jar full when melted you will need double the amount of raw wax.
Optional Extras to Make Your Candle One of a Kind
When your candle wax is melted and still on the heat…
- Add a little stearic acid, about 10% of your total container volume. This makes your candle a little harder and gives it a more opaque colour. Let it melt before removing it from the heat.
- Add fragrance. It should be about 10% of your container volume if using candle fragrances or about two teaspoons of essential oil for every 120ml of melted wax.
- Add colour. You can use candle dyes, food colouring or a few pieces of wax crayon. Just take note that the colour will look more intense before its set.
Step 4: Fill Your Candle Holders
Remove from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. This helps the wax to set evenly. Pour into jars and leave to set for 24 hours. Once your candles have set, light them up and enjoy the mood!
Tips and Tricks
Did you know that you can turn your old candles into new ones? If you’ve got a few gathering dust with no wick to light, don’t throw them away. Turn them into something new!
- Melt the candle wax in a heat resistant bowl above a pot of hot water. If you have different colour waxes, you can melt them and allow each shade to set individually to create a layered look.
- Add a wick to one of your old candle jars with a little glue. Use a pencil to hold the wick in place. Fill with your melted wax and leave to set for 24 hours.
Got a favourite quote or phrase you live by? Or maybe you want your candle to have a motivational message? Print some labels on sticker paper or use a paint pen to write on your jar.