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How to make your own candles

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Learn how to easily make your own candles

blue and white teacup candle with wooden matches

Hey, friends. I’ve got a fun and simple DIY candle making project for you
today. It’s one of my favorite projects ever and I don’t know why I waited
so long to try it. It incorporates 3 things that are very important to me
– vintage/recycled items, environmentally friendly items, and candles. And
lavender too, but you can use any scent with these. 

My oldest daughter and I made these lavender candles along with several others
a few weeks ago and I’m just now getting around the sharing how we did it. For
years I’ve wanted to make candles and just never took the time to do it. Plus
I admit that I was a little bit intimidated. But not any more.

We spent a few hours bonding over cleaning out old containers, melting soy
wax, pouring the wax and fragrance, and then enjoying the fruits of our labor!
I’ll be doing again with my youngest daughter soon. 

When I posted a photo on
instagram
and
facebook
several of you asked how we did it so here’s the tutorial. 

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How to make candles

Supplies needed

(TIP – I bought my supplies
individually but wish I would have gotten
this starter kit plus some extra
wick barsIt would have been much simpler for a beginner like me.)

How to Make Your Own Candles

1. Choose your containers

blue and white teacup lavender candle with lavender buds

Here’s where you can get really creative. For our candles, I used some of my
stash of old candle containers (I knew that I would eventually do
something with them) as well as some cute vintage blue and white teacups. For reusing the old containers, I placed them in the freezer for a day or
two and then scraped out the old wax and removed what was left of the wick. I
cleaned them as well as possible.

  • You can find new, inexpensive containers
    HERE
  • There are some tea cups similar to mine
    HERE.
  • Or you can even make candle containers from bottles using
    THIS TOOL
  • You can also use cleaned out jars, cans, tins, or whatever you like. The sky
    is the limit.

2. Melt the wax

Q. How much wax do I need? 


A. Typically,
one pound of dry/unmelted candle wax = 20 oz of melted (liquid) wax. 



Here’s an example:



One pint size mason jar holds 16 liquid oz. For that size container here’s
the formula:


16 ÷ 20 = .8 lb of candle wax


You can use your kitchen scale to measure out .8 lbs or 12.8 oz (dry
weight) of your candle wax. 


Once you know how much wax you need for your containers, add your soy wax to a candle pourer. Place the pourer inside of a large pot filled with a few inches of water.
Bring the water to a boil. After the wax melts, allow it to cool. 

3. Insert your wicks while you’re waiting for the wax to melt

teacup candles with clothepins holding the wicks

There are several wick sizes. Who knew? I sure didn’t. Be sure to check
the opening size of your container and get the right size. (Use
these for 3″ diameter soy candles). 

Stick the wicks to the bottom of your container with hot glue or
these wick stickers. We used the
wick stickers
because they’re heat resistant. I didn’t want the hot wax to cause the wicks
to come unstuck.



TIP – Slide a straw over the
wick to help keep it straight and stable while you’re sticking it to the
container. Or put the sticker in the container and then stick the wick to
it. Otherwise it’s tricky to get it centered. Those darn tricky wick
stickers!

4. Add the fragrance

After the wax has cooled to 130° or 140°, add your
fragrance. You can use essential oil or candle fragrance.

  • For
    candle fragrance, typically
    one oz of fragrance is needed for each pound of wax
  • For essential oil, you’ll want to add around a
    half an ounce per lb of wax

5. Slowly pour the wax into your containers

TIP – to make cleanup easier,
place wax paper on the surface underneath your containers before you begin
pouring the wax.


Fill your containers with the liquid wax, leaving a little wax in your pourer.
Allow the wax to harden and fill in any sinkholes that occur with the leftover
wax. This gives them a nice finished look. If you want to add anything like
lavender buds or dried rosebuds, add them while the wax is still wet and they’ll
stay in place better. 

diy candle with clothes pin holding wick

NOTE: don’t ever pour melted wax down the drain. It will harden after it
cools and can block your pipes. 



After you’ve poured the wax, place the wicks in a stabilizer like this one or use a clothes pin or pencil. We used clothes pins but they were too
small for some of our containers. So some of our wicks aren’t centered. (Moral of the story – I recommend wick bars)

6. Trim the wicks

Finally, trim the wicks and enjoy your candles!

blue and white teacup candle with wooden matches

Cleanup

For cleanup, try to wipe off excess wax with a paper towel while it’s still
wet. And you’ll probably want to have tools that are dedicated to candle
making since you’ll never get all the wax off. Just another good reason to
make more candles!

Safety 

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

Click for sources:

Blue and White Tea Cups

Beginner’s Candle Making Supplies

Here are a few more easy DIY’s:

DIY Hanging Botanical Collage with Free Printable

Upcycled Glass Bottle Dispenser

DIY Driftwood Succulent Planter

How to Make Flowers and Succulents from Paper Egg Cartons

And you can see even more here:

Budget Decorating Ideas

Let me know if you decide to make candles and how they turn out. I’d love to
see photos of them too.

Have a great day!

8 Comments

    1. Stacey, they take a couple of hours but are so easy. And you can make them any scent you want! Thanks for pinning!! ~ Angie

  1. I can almost smell these through my computer screen! They are so pretty and I can only imagine how great the lavender smells.

    1. Thanks, Paula. They really do smell so good. I can't wait to make some fall scented ones soon. Have a great day! ~ Angie

  2. When my daughter was in high school, she and I made a few candles but mostly she did. Amy made them as gifts for her teachers and friends one year and they turned out great! Pretty much the same way you've shown here ~ great tutorial! Plus I LOVE the lavender idea!!!

    Happily pinned,
    thanks,
    Barb 🙂

    1. I'll bet her teachers and friends loved getting them. It's always nice to get a handmade gift like that. Thanks for pinning! ~ Angie

  3. I also really love lavender! Have you burned any of these candles yet? How do the lavender buds do? Do they just sink to the bottom or do they burn or something?

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