Make your own candles
Candles are endlessly customisable, beautiful and straight forward to make. With items readily available from online stores for home delivery, there is a reason crafters love them. Follow the steps below to make a scented candle at home…the easy way!
• 2kg Soy wax
• essential oil
• Heat-proof containers – glass jars are great
•1 double boiler or a heatproof bowl and a saucepan
•Chopsticks or pencils
Step 1: Measure the wax
Before you begin make sure you have a clean, flat surface to work on. We would also recommend that you protect the area with paper or towels and move away anything that you do not want to get wax on.
To begin, measure out how much wax you would need to fill your container, then double it.
Step 2: Melt the wax
Pour the wax into your double boiler and allow to melt for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Grated wax melts much quicker. You can buy it already grated or if you’ve bought a block, make sure you grate it first.
Step 3: Add fragrance oils (optional)
Once your candle wax is melted you can add your chosen essential oils. For a 250ml-sized candle, about 30ml of oil is ample. Simply pour it into your melted wax and stir for a few seconds.
Step 4: Attach the wick
You will need to attach the wick to the bottom of your container before you pour in the wax. Simply dip it in the melted wax then quickly stick it to the bottom of the container. Let the wax sit for five minutes to harden. Alternatively, you can superglue it.
Step 5: Pour the wax
Let the wax cool for a few minutes before pouring it in to your container. Take your thermometer and place it into the wax and when it reads 140 degrees F, it is time to pour.
Slowly pour the wax into your container whilst holding the wick in place, but do not pull on it. Leave a small amount of wax in the boiler for topping off your candle later.
Step 6: Secure the wick
Next, insert the wick by tying the wick to a pencil or chopstick and sitting it horizontally across the top of the mould so that the wick hangs vertically. Pour in the wax to about 2cm from the top. The candle sometimes shrinks in the centre, so you can add a little more wax if needed. Use a hair dryer to dispel any air bubbles or divots, and smooth the top.
Allow the wax to set for 4 hours at room temperature.
Step 7: Add more wax
Reheat your remaining wax and use it to top off your candle to leave a smooth even surface.
Step 8: Cut the wick
Your candle wick should be less than half an inch long. If, when lit, the candle flickers or has a tall flame, trim the wick.