It’s not that I’m not willing to spend $22 on a divine scented candle in great packaging, but I’m not a happy camper when it’s burnt out in two days. So, I decided I’d learn to make my own, and as it turns out, it’s quite easy! Here’s my step-by-step tutorial.
1. Stuff you need:
-A double boiler (this one is from Ikea)
-Containers. Glass jars, old coffee tins, whatever you like.
–Wax. I use natural soy way that I buy here, or you can buy some at your local craft store.
-Wicks. The wicks that I buy at Millcreek come with these useful stickers at the bottom, which you can use to attach the wick to the bottom of your container.
-Essential oils for fragrance and dyes for color. I think they look most elegant in their natural color, but if you want to add some drops of coloring, suit yourself.
2. Let’s get started. If you’re recycling old candles, place the candle on top of wax paper (and a cutting board) and start choppin’. I use a screwdriver to break it up. The wax I buy comes in flakes, so you can skip this step if you’re using new wax.
3. Put some water in the bottom boiler and your wax in the top. Turn the range on low. As the water boils, your wax will start to melt and liquify. While you’re waiting for this, you can prep the containers.
5 . You can add a few drops of your fragrances into the double boiler pretty much whenever you want, but I do it just before pouring. Same goes for your color dyes. You may want to keep a plastic spoon on hand to swirl it all together.
6. When the wax is liquified and about 100 degrees (you can find a thermometer for just this purpose by the candle supplies at the craft store), go ahead and pour it into your container. Leave about 1/2″ at the top.
7. Your first pour is going to leave a bit of a sinkhole around the wick. So when your wax is almost entirely cooled (give it and hour or so), top it off with some more melted wax. Perhaps you want to use this opportunity to throw in a surprise.
-Flashing: You over-poured or hit the side of your container. Oh well, now you know.
-Bumps and sink holes. This is a pain in the neck, and unfortunately comes with the learning curve. Tip: the cooler you pour it, the less likely you are to get bumps or sink holes.