DIY

Candle Making

 

A few months ago, my friend and I decided to try to make candles. It took a while, but I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of it. In fact, my husband asked me where I bought this candle.

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He was surprised when I told him that I made it. Obviously, my candle making skills have improved since the last time I made a candle, he asked me “What is that supposed to be?”

Now, that I have kind of figured out how to do it, making candles really isn’t too hard. So everyone in my family should expect one for Christmas.

Here are the supplies you need:
A bowl or jar for your candle (I just found a cute bowl in my cupboard)                                  A glass measuring cup
Some wax flakes (I used  these from Amazon)
Wicks (I used these from Amazon)
Essential oils (I use young living essential oils)
Colored wax (optional)

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Step 1:
Pour the wax flakes into the measuring cup.  It has to be a glass cup since you are microwaving it.  I think it’s easier to do about half of what you need, so it doesn’t start to harden before you was ready.    If you are adding color dye chips to the wax, you can add them now.
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Microwave the wax for 30-45 second intervals.  Stir each time.  It took about 3 minutes for all my wax to melt, but it depends on your microwave and how much wax you have in the cup.
Basically, you it to be totally melted so there are no more wax flakes.
Step 2:
Add in the essential oils.  This will give your candle the scent.  So you decide how much you want your candle to smell and what it smells like.  I used my favorite combination of orange and thieves essential oils.  I like my candle to smell a lot, so I put about 35 drops of each into about 12 oz of wax.
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Stir the wax to mix in the oils.
Step 3:
This is the hardest step for me- Putting in the wicks.  You want to dip the bottom metal part of the wick into the wax.
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Then, stick it to the bottom of the bowl where you want it to go.  My bowl was pretty wide, so I used 3 wicks.
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The wicks bend and fall down, so I use tape to make a grid across the top, so they don’t fall over.  This is the easiest way I’ve found to keep them in place.
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Step 4:
Pour the rest of the wax into the bowl.  You want to go slow because sometimes, the wicks can get unstuck from the bowl and start floating around.  I usually pour just enough to cover the metal rings and press them down into the wax.  Then, I wait for that to cool for about 30 seconds before starting to pour again.
Step 5:
If you need more wax, you can repeat step 2 and melt more.  Don’t forget to add in the essential oils and dye flakes if you used them.  You want to make sure you don’t overfill the container your candle is in.  I try to leave about 1/2 an inch of space between the wax and the top of the bowl.  That leaves space for the wax to melt and not overflow, and the flame won’t get too high.
Step 6:
Let the candle cool.  I like to leave mine overnight, so I know it has cooled completely.  Then, I took off the tape, and trimmed the wicks to about 1/2 an inch in length.
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It’s a simple as that.  Let me know how your candles turned out.
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