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While working from home during the pandemic I used many scented candles. Because I love the new scents, I try to keep at least one candlelit. But large scented candles may be more expensive.
To cut down on my expenses without giving up my candle addiction, I tried to make my homemade candles using natural waxes and essential oils. I’ll probably still purchase some seasonal candles, but I’ll also be using the scents more often than usual.
A candle-making kit is all you need (the cost of the entire kit was lower than those large 3-wick candles), essential oils, and a heat-resistant jar to place the candle. Once you have everything ready, it is easy to make multiple candles at the same time. This allows you to complete all of your DIY birthday and Christmas gifts.
Step 1 – Prepare your Container
You’ll need something to put your wax mixture into before you start melting it or mixing fragrances. To ensure safety, you should only use sturdy glass containers to make candles. A set of 16-ounce Mason containers was used by me. They are big enough for the candle but not too large that you will use up all your wax. Take out any waxy residue from your candle jar, and then repurpose it. When your candle jars look clean and dry, it is time to meet them.
Step 2 – Measure the wax
You can buy the necessary materials individually, but it is more cost-effective to buy a candle making kit that includes all of the wax, wicks, and wick centering devices (more later!). For a whole set, you will need the following: The kit includes natural soy wax flakes, which are cleaner burning than the scented candles you, might buy in a store.
It’s simple to figure out how much wax is needed for each candle. Fill the container with the wax flakes to the exact point you want the candle to begin. Measure again the number of flakes you have in your container. For each candle, you will need two containers.
Step 3 – Melt wax and add fragrance
Once you have measured out the wax flake, melt them using a double oven on medium heat. A double boiler is a good choice if you don’t have one. The silicon spatula slowly stirs the flakes. After the wax has melted, add 10-15 drops of Essential Oils I used six drops of eucalyptus oils and six drops of lavender oil to make a 16-ounce scented candle.
Step 4 – Attach the Wick and pour the wax
Before you pour the candle you will need to attach it to the bottom. The wicks should be provided with a flat metal top. Dip the metal in the melted wax before placing it in the bottom of your container. You can hold it in place for a while until the wax hardens when the wick will stand on its own.
Once the wax has cooled, pour it into the container. You can use the wick centering device provided in the kit to secure the wick if it gets loose from the bottom. Once the wax has hardened, the wick will still be in its center. If you have a large container, two chopsticks can be placed over the top to secure the wick.
Step 5 – Let it Set
It takes several hours for the wax tack to set again so I let my candles stand overnight. You will need to trim your candle’s wick once it has been fully set. Before you use a candle, trim its wick. While you can use scissors to trim the wick. You can now light your candle once the wick has been trimmed to approximately 1/4 inch.