Who doesn’t enjoy sitting in the warm glow of candlelight? And we are sure that you love it when someone gifts you a scented candle. But the price of some scented candles in stores is a luxury that only some can afford. Candle making at home has become pretty popular recently, more and more DIY enthusiasts or hobbyists are opting for this craft of candle making as both for entertainment and a source of side income.
Candle making will not just be an entertaining activity for you but you will also learn to explore your creative side. It will help you to express yourself in the form of art, initially, you might get stuck or bored but eventually, with time, you will start artistically incorporating your personal ideas while making candles. So, here we will teach you about candle making at home with the most easily available resources:
Things You Will Need
When considering candle wax, you will get many options to choose from including paraffin, soy, beeswax, and gel. Since you’re trying your hands on candle making for the first time, we will recommend you to start with paraffin as it is easily available and cost-effective. You can buy them from Amazon by clicking on the below links
2. Candle Wicks
We will recommend you to buy pre-waxed natural cotton wicks, pick the right size according to your candles. The wick should be of the right size, not too short or too long. You can buy them from Amazon by clicking on the below link
3. Candle Dye (block or chips)
4. Fragrance Oils
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5. Candle Molds/ Empty Jars or Votives
6. Wick Holders
7. Double Boiler
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Step 1 – Measure the wax
For example, if you’re making a jar candle then, fill that jar with wax flakes then double the amount. It’s like you will need two jars of dry wax for making one jar candle.
Step 2 – Melt the Wax
Pour the wax in double boiler and allow it to melt for 10-15 minutes. Just in case you don’t have one, you can make one at your home. Take a saucepan, add water to it then place a can or some metal container above it and let the water get hot enough to melt the wax. Add wax to the metal can or container, keep stirring it with a wooden stick or spatula until it liquefies.
Step 3 – Add Fragrance Oils
When your candle wax is fully in a liquid state, it’s time to add fragrance oils.
For a fragrance oil with a subtle scent: If you’re using fragrance oil that comes with a subtle aroma then we will recommend you to add 8-10% fragrance oil in proportion to the ratio of wax.
For a fragrance oil with a strong scent: If you’re using fragrance oil that comes with a strong aroma then we will recommend you to add 6-8% fragrance oil in proportion to the ratio of wax.
Step 4 – Attach the wick
The wick needs to be attached at the bottom of your jar before beginning with the wax pouring process. Here’s a trick, just pour a little wax at the base of the jar then quickly attach wick to it. This will keep them stable, tie the wick to wick holder to keep it straight.
Step 5 – Pour Wax
Before you pour the wax in a container, make sure that the temperature of the wax is 140 degrees, use a thermometer to get the actual reading. Tightly hold the wick in place and then slowly start pouring melted wax, stop pouring when two inches are left from the top.
Step 6 – Add more wax
If your candle gets hardened with some holes or an uneven top then simply reheat the remaining wax and pour it on the top, this will give a perfect finish to the candle.
Step 7: Cut the wick.
Once the candle wax has hardened, you need to cut the wick. Your candle wick should be a minimum half-inch above wax.
Give a Creative Edge to Your Candles
Just buy some dried flowers or botanicals from a store and add them to the jar before pouring wax. You can add different colors, shapes, and sizes for a more visually appealing outlook.
You can add coffee beans in jars while creating vanilla scented candles, the aroma of vanilla and coffee will be absolutely amazing.
Create some sea-inspired candles by adding seashells and pebbles at the bottom of your jar candles.
We hope that you liked our candle making blog, we will come up with an extended version of this blog where we will tell about how you can market your amazing scented candles.