I love candles, they smell good, they are pretty, and they create romantic ambience, what I don’t like is paying way too much money for something that is easy and fun to make…
What you will need:
- One saucepan
- A jug for melting things
- Wax (which you can get from candles stores or online, I like the soy wax version
- Wick tabs (for the bottom of the wick, if you want to be extra zero-waste, beer bottles work really well)
- Fragrance (optional)
- Essential Oils (Optional)
- Candle jar or container (anything you want, I have used mugs, glasses, pretty containers, anything you like really)
What you will need to do:
1) Put some water in the saucepan and heat it slightly on the stove, then put the jug in the pot, make sure when you put the jug in the pot, the water does not overflow, even when boiling.
2) Check your candle container to see how much wax you will need, it is usually double the amount you think, because the wax shrinks when it melts. Measure the wax and put it in the melting jug.
3) Put the jug in the saucepan, and begin to melt the wax, the time varies depending on how much wax you have in the jug, but usually it takes about 20 minutes. If you have a jug with a handle, make sure the handle is sticking over the saucepan lid to make it easier to grab.
4) trim the wick to fit into the candle jar, or slightly longer, and thread through the wick tab. Pour about half a cm into the bottom of the jar and settle the wick into the bottom, and balance the wick against a pencil or something so it’s even and does not fall over.
5) Let the half a cm harden, and leave the rest of the wax in the jug so it stays melted.
6) When the wick is solid, take the jug out of the water and turn off the stove, mix in your fragrance (if you like strong smelling candles, pour more fragrance in, if you like delicate candles, pour in less fragrance). You could also use essential oils (I usually use about 20 drops of peppermint to make a minty candle).
7) Mix in the fragrance with a knife until you’re happy.
8) Trim some dye off the bar (the more dye you use, the brighter the candle will be) and mix it in until the fragments have mixed with the wax.
9) Carefully pour the hot wax into the container until it’s about 1.5 cm under the level you want it. Reposition the wick so its centred and secure with a fork or a chop stick.
9) Wait for 24 hours for the wax to completely cool and harden.
10) When the wax has tried, there might be bumps and holes on top where air bubbles got trapped in the wax while pouring it, by leaving a bit of space, I usually melt a little bit of wax and put it on top to smooth it out.
11) Wait for that to dry and then it’s ready to light
- If you can, use your candle jugs for candles only, because you don’t want something to taste like wax
- I started experimenting with colours and scents as I got more confident, and it makes it a more enjoyable experience