Blog A Day June | How To Make Candles

I don’t know about you guys, but I love lighting candles, and watching them glow and flicker like a little mini fire. But they all seem to be so expensive. One of my hobbies is actually making candles, so today I thought I’d show you how to make it from scratch….

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You will need:

  • Candle Wax (new or old)
  • 1 Large Saucepan
  • 1 Small Saucepan (an old one or one that you buy especially for candle making as you will be melting wax in it)
  • A Wick
  • A mould or jar to pour the wax into
  • Scented Oil (optional)
  • Glue Dots or tacky wax
  • Dye (optional)

 

Step One: boil water in the large saucepan and put the wax in the small saucepan.

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I am using old candle wax for this one, everyone who burns candles knows how much wax is wasted once the wick has burnt away. You can now collect this and when you have enough you can melt it down and make new ones. Best way to recycle.

Step Two: While the wax is melting, prepare the mould.

I am using some old jars that previously held candles, just because they were pretty, but I also use jam jars because they are nice to decorate. I use prewaxed wicks from Hobbycraft, just because they are easier to use. I’m sticking them down with glue dots, just to keep them in place when the wax is poured on.

 

Step Three: Adding Scents and Colour.

Just as the wax melts, is when you add your dyes and smellies. Be carefull with the die, as a little goes a long way. Make sure you get proper candle die (availiable from hobby craft or any crafts shop) as food colouring won’t work. When using scents use as much as you wish, depending on how strong you want your smell to be. I am using about 3 ml in this one as its quite small.

Step Four:  Pour the melted wax into the moulds.

As soon as the wax has completely melted pour it in the moulds, wait for it to cool slightly and then put it in the fridge or a cold place for a few hours or overnight to set.

Step Five: Light and Enjoy.

They are very good at mood lighting.

So I hope you enjoy my little tutorial. Please let me know if any of you have tried to make candles before.

Enjoy!

Beth

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