Candles seem to be all the rage in today’s decorating style. You can find candles of every shape, size, color, and aroma. If you have a creative side, this DIY project will be perfect for you to express yourself. Candle making could be a family project, and your final results could be given as gifts or used to adorn your own home.
- Soy wax is made from the soybean, a completely renewable source.
- Soy candles burn much cleaner than traditional wax candles.
- Soy candles do not release any toxins into the air when they burn.
- Soy candles stimulate the economy through the farming of soybeans, to the processing and the making of the candles.
Candles can be large or small, be different shapes, in fact, you are limited only by the containers you can find to use for the candles. If you like the rustic style, a Mason jar will do. If you are looking for something unique or vintage, try shopping at the local flea market to see what you can find. Wide-mouthed jars could handle multiple wicks. Clear jars could use a colored soy wax while colored jars could use the natural color. There are many different options, put your creativity to use.
To start this project, gather the materials listed below.
- Glass jar or container of your choice
- Glue gun
- Soy wax flakes
- Fragrance oil or essential oil
- Candle dye (if you want different colors)
- Natural wicks and wick plates
- Dowel or pencil to hold wick in place
- Embellishments for your candle
Cover your workspace with parchment or newspaper to protect the area and for easy cleanup. Make sure your containers are clean and dry.
First, using the hot glue gun, glue the wick plate to the bottom of your jar or container. Wrap the free end of the wick around the dowel or pencil and balance it across the opening of the jar to hold the wick in place while you pour in the melted soy wax.
Next, measure the soy wax. You will need about twice as much soy wax as the volume of your container. For example, if your container holds one cup, you will need two cups of flakes. Pour the soy wax flakes into the saucepan and heat the wax on low heat. Stir frequently. Once the wax melts, remove it from the heat.
If you have chosen a fragrance now is when you add it to the wax. Add about 10-20 drops depending on the size of your container. Keep in mind fragrance oils are much stronger than essential oils. Therefore, you will need more of the essential oil. Stir the oil into the wax. If you want a wax that is a color other than creamy white, add the candle dye now and stir thoroughly. You must use candle dye since other dyes may ruin the wax.
Pour the wax into the jar to the desired height. If your container has a narrow top, you may want to use a funnel. Make sure the wick is centered. Let the candle cool overnight. Trim the wick to ½ inch.
If your jar is plain and needs a bit of a pick me up, try tying colored ribbons around the candle. Maybe hot glue some little bobbles onto the jar lid or around the base. Let your creative juices flow!
There’s something about candlelight that makes an event or venue stand out. It brings a unique ambiance to the room and adds to the mood whether it is a festive occasion or a quiet romantic evening. Crafting is fun, and this candle making craft will delight you as you create a variety of candles for your personal use or to give as gifts. Homemade gifts made with love have special meaning for the recipient. No matter your purpose, enjoy your new crafting skills!