Candles add a warm glow that makes your home feel cozier. It is easy to make candles at home. You can customize your candles to suit your decor and fragrance preference.
Soy candles make the perfect handmade gift for the holidays. You can find more gift ideas in this earlier post.
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How to Make Candles at Home
By making your candles, you can control the quality and type of ingredients in your candles. In other words, you can use high-quality soy wax and essential oils.
You can choose the size and type of vessel for your candles.
- Soy Wax
- Jars (vintage-style)
- Wax melting pot
- Double boiler
- Wick holder
- Wick stickers
- Essential oils (be sure they are recommended for candle making)
- Jars or other vessels
- Wax stirrer
- Baker’s twine
- Gift tag (printable)
- Candle making kit (I recommend purchasing a candle making kit)
I wanted to make a variety of candles. I like to use a garnish or decoration on the top of the wax, so I know what fragrance they are.
I used a vintage-style Ball jar to look perfect with my antique jar collection.
Measuring and Heating the Wax
I use two times the amount of wax my vessel will hold to measure the wax.
Place your melting pot inside a double boiler or a saucepan with a few inches of water over medium heat.
Next, pour the wax into the melting pot.
Gently stir the wax until melted.
Continue to heat the wax until it reaches a temperature of 180 degrees F.
After the wax reaches 180 F, carefully remove the melting pot from the double boiler and place it on a trivet to cool to 130 degrees F.
Next, add essential oils (fragrance) to the wax.
Note: I add one tablespoon of essential oil for an 8-ounce container. Then gently stir (to avoid bubbles) for two minutes.
Apply a wick sticker to the bottom of your wick, then place the wick in the bottom of your vessel.
Be careful pouring the hot wax into your jar or vessel. Fill the jar up to 1/2 to 1/4 inch from the top of the jar or container.
Then add a wick holder to keep your wick in place while cool on a level surface for 24 hours.
If you plan to add a garnish or decoration to the top of your candle, then you will need to observe it until you see it turn opaque then with tweezers gently place your garnish on the wax.
Trim the wick to size.
Note: since I wanted to put the lid on my jars for gift-giving, I had to trim the wick below the top of the pot.
Gift Giving and Printable Tag
Candles make an inexpensive gift everyone will enjoy. Add an adorable tag with baker’s twine and your gift is ready.
You can use the printable tags for all your gifts.
More Candle Ideas You Might Enjoy:
Christmas candle holders made with re-cycle jars.
More Handmade Gift Ideas:
These gorgeous handmade made candle holders would make a lovely gift.
Everyone enjoys personalized gifts and my friend Janet shares how to personalize gifts with glass etching.
Handmade Christmas ornaments are always appreciated. Make some rustic vintage-inspired ornaments for gifts.
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