DIY, Lifestyle

Make it Monday – DIY candles!

Brooke by Brooke
February 18th, 2013

 

If, like me, you love candles and always wondered how hard it would to make them yourself – I have good news, it is E-A-S-Y!!

 

I always imagined it would involve standing over a hot stove with a thermometer while hoping and praying I didn’t blow the house up. But, you will be pleases to know my method doesn’t even involve a stove! I watched loads of online videos before giving it a go and can’t wait to show and tell the steps with you!

   

I highly recommend purchasing a beginners kit. I bought one online (liveinspirit.com.au) for $50, it made 12 candles and included everything I needed (see list below). You can also buy online from; candlemaking.com.au and aussiecandlesupplies.com.au

 

This is what you will need:

 

10 x clear Votive jars/tins                   

7 x wicks     

1 x Wick Holder                               

1 kg Bag of Natural Soy Wax              

2 x Assorted dye blocks (your choice)                  

2 x 25ml Fragrances (your choice)              

Measuring Cup                   

Stickums

Wick Tabs

  

The wax flakes before they melt

Step 1:

Fill a microwave safe dish or trusty Pyrex measuring cup with soy flakes and microwave for one minute. Stir. Microwave for one more minute. The wax should now be completely melted, if not microwave for another minute. The wax needs to be completely melted. Use caution here, the measuring cup will be hot.

This is how the wax should look after it melts

 Step 2:

Stir in your fragrance – just start with a few drops.

Step 3

Place the stickum (round sticky circles) to the bottom of the wick’s tab then stick to the bottom of your jar. 

The wick should be placed firmly in the center of the jar

 The wick needs to be centered – to secure the wick you can place a peg across the top of the jar to hold the wick in place while the candle sets.

You can secure the wick in place with a peg – for a bigger jar try a chopstick, or an icy-pole stick also does the trick!

Step 4:

Pour your melted wax slowly into the jar. Make sure the wick is centered.

After you have poured the wax, leave to set overnight.

It’s as easy as that! Allow the wax to set overnight.

The finished product!

Happy candle making! If you give this a go, let me know, I’d love to know how you go!

Love, B xx

 

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