Today, the topic is fascinating and helpful “How to Make Your Own Candles at Home?”
If you are a housewife, you already know candles are very versatile for a variety of occasions. For example, the candles are life-saver in the event of a sudden electrical blackout. Even when the light is available, colorful candles can be used as a beautiful decorating item for your house. I also know many girls who usually burn candles with essential oils to relieve stress and create a fuzzy ambiance.
Now that you already know several advantages of candles, do not rush to Walmart or shop. You can make your own candles with some simple recipes and guides.
5 Ways DIY Candles Benefit You
Save on your budget
For many people’s surprise, collecting/burning candles is a costly hobby.
Back then, I often found myself spending too much on candles, around $3000 per month. No kidding! Whenever I saw cute candle jars on the sheet or caught the sight of new scents, I couldn’t help but add them to my shopping cart.
Since I learn how to make DIY candles, I saved a lot. Buying supplies in bulk is far more economical.
Protect your family’s health
As far as I know, many candles on the market are made of paraffin wax. It causes pollution and harms our health, especially your sensitive kids. When making your own candles, you can choose supplies from A to Z.
Good news, there are many inexpensive and eco-friendly materials to create candles that are safe for your family.
Build an interesting hobby
Instead of surfing the Internet all day, I discovered an entirely new hobby – making candles. It is way fun and helpful!
Working with soothing scents after a hard working day really blows all my stress away. Moreover, I have chances to mix all ingredients myself to create many shapes and scents as wished. I also love arranging newly-created candles jar around to decorate my house.
Give homemade candles as gifts
A candle is a perfect present for birthdays, bed parties, Christmas, Easter, and many other occasions. Who will refuse the cute DIY teacup candles?
Not only do they add beauty to your friends’ houses, but they also stimulate positive mood thanks to their aromatherapy properties.
Start your own home business
Do a quick search on Shopify and Amazon, you will surprise how popular the DIY candles on the market.
If you are skillful and have some spare time, you can master in making candles after several tries. Then, you can start buying them on your social accounts or even running a store on Shopify. You only need to invest some supplies – such a low overhead!
How to Make Your Own Candles? (3 Hottest Recipes)
Aromatic Beeswax Candles
This is the first “how to make your own candles” tutorial that drives me into DIY candle hobby. I have tried many recipes of homemade candles, but the Aromatic Beeswax is always in my favorite list.
As its name suggests, the candle has a naturally sweet and honeyed scent. The smell is delightful.
Gather all ingredients and utensils in place:
- 1 cup of yellow beeswax (organic white beeswax is also acceptable)
- Some essential oils: coconut oil, vanilla, grapefruit, lemon, etc. – choose what you or your kids like
- A natural wick (and wick stickers – optional) because it only releases healthy and safe particles while burning
- Some jojoba wax
- Some utensils: Pyrex cup, glass jars, glass stir rod/spoon, and scissors
Follow the directions:
Thank Andrea for this video and the recipe.
Step 1: Use jojoba to grease the measuring cup. It will ease your cleaning when you’re finished.
Step 2: Take out the beeswax pellets. As Andrea suggested, the amount of beeswax should be 1.5 times larger than the size of jars. Pour the wax into the Pyrex measuring cup.
Step 3: Melt all pellets using a “double boiler” method. Accordingly, you had better put the cup inside a pot filled with some water. Turn on the stove at medium heat and wait for the beeswax to melt completely.
Step 4: Place the wick in the jars and trim them to a decent measurement – over the jars opening. Use the wick sticker if there is any.
Step 5: Add some essential oils to give a soothing scent to the whole room. Please note that different oils have different recipes, which are based on your preferences and the amount of beeswax, and the nature of that essential oil. I often use 25 drops of Vetiver for 1 oz of wax.
Step 6: Turn off the stove and add the oils. Use the end of a spoon or stir rod to stir the mixture gently.
Step 7: Pour the beeswax into the jars. Remember to hold the wick straight.
Soy Candles with Essential Oils
Soy wax candles become more and more popular and even replace the traditional paraffin wax ones. This is because the soy wax has almost no toxins or pollutants. Even better, it gives off a minimal amount of soot while burning.
And know what?
Here is a complete guide on how to make your own candles by soy wax and essential oils.
What you need:
- 10-lb bag of Soy Wax
- 1-lb bottle of essential oils (honey, apple, coconut, etc.)
- 100-pc roll of wick stickers
- 12-pc bag wick bar
- 2 8-oz jelly jars
- 8-inch glass thermometer
- 1-pc pouring pitcher
- 100-pc bag of pre-tabbed wick
- 10-pc canary yellow dye
- Double boiler pans and spoon
What to do:
Step 1: Turn on the stove at about 185 degrees F (use the thermometer). Melt 1 lb of soy wax using the double boiler method.
Step 2: Add the dye block to the melted wax. Remember to break the block into small pieces and stir the mixture gently. A slightly higher temperature.
Step 3: Add some essential oil to the pan and stir slowly with the end of the spoon. You must turn off the stove and remove the pot since the oil quickly evaporates out of the soy wax.
Step 4: Prepare the glass jar. You should preheat it to about 125 degrees F so that the jar will not pull away when pouring the hot wax. Put the wick sticker in the center of the jar and attach the wick.
Step 5: Hold the wick and pour the cooling soy wax (around 135 degrees F) into the jar. Always keep the cord straight and centered. A wick bar or a small pencil will help.
Step 6: Let your candles under the room temperature for 7-8 hours, and voila, you have a DIY candle jar.
Traditional Hand-Dipped Candles
Cups or jars of candles beautify your lovely house. But sometimes, you need classic candles to light up romantic dinners.
Here I instruct you how to make your own candles in the hand-dipped form.
Supplies for a hand-dipped candle craft project
- 1 lb beeswax or soy wax pellets
- A DIY double boiler: a coffee can and a pot
- Long candle wicks
- Essential oils and color additives (cakes, chíp, dye block, crayons, etc.)
- Heavy things such as nuts or bolts
- Stirring spoon and thermometer, and a cardboard
- A bottle of cold water
Step-by-step instruction on how to make your own candles
Step 1: Fill the pot with some water. Turn the heat on at a medium temperature and melt the wax with the double boiler method.
Step 2: Add some color additives, say, crayons to make your candles more colorful. Stir the mixture several times.
Step 3: Remove the can and wait for the wax to be more cooling. Add some drops of essential oil if there is any.
Step 4: Prepare the wick. To measure the length, just take this formula: the range of each candle * 2 + 8 inches. For example, you want to make 10-inch candles, then make a 28-inch wick. Fold the cord in half and attach a heavy thing so that the candles stay straight.
To make it easier, I often prepare a cardboard piece with two cuts on each side and place the wick halves into the slats.
Step 5: Hold the cardboard and dip the wick into the melted wax. A small tip is, you can drop the candles into cold water quickly before moving it back to the wax, and to the cold water again.
Step 6: Hang the candles to cool
This Weekend, Invite Kids for A Fun Craft
See? How to make your own candles is surprisingly simple.
Instead of being a couch potato this Sunday, let’s prepare some supplies and start your first craft project with DIY candles. I bet your children will love it!