I was wary about making candles. It seemed very
diffic…dangerous. 🙂 In fact, I had all my candle making stuff for years before I ever used it. The truth is, candle making is easier than changing a baby’s diaper. It’s easier than frosting a cake. My point is, it’s REALLY easy.
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So why are you still paying $10.00-$12.00 for store bought candles that actually cost 1/10th of that to make?
It typically costs less than a $1.00-2.00 to make a candle yourself. This includes the wick, wax, and scent.
• U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately $2 billion annually, excluding sales of candle accessories.
• Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households.
• Manufacturer surveys show that 90% of all candles are purchased by women.
• Candle industry research indicates that the most important factors affecting candle sales are scent, color, cost and shape.
This information tells me that there are a lot of women out there who are spending a lot of money on candles based only on how they look and smell. Well, what if I told you, “Women, you can have your candles on the cheap in whatever shape or scent you want”. Whatcha think about them apples? Even better, you can have those candles and know exactly what is being emitted into your house when you burn them.
Many people will tell you this wax vs. this wax is better. Or this wick vs. this wick is better. It is all a matter of personal preferences, burn times, jar size, and appearance.
In my very humble opinion, there are different tools for different jobs. If all you have is a hammer in the toolbox then you are going to be limited on what you can build. Also, it comes down to knowing your supplier and where you are getting your ingredients from.
I make candles from soy and beeswax. I use different types of wicks depending on jar size, and I use essential oils to scent my candles.
Alright, all of that out of the way, we’re onto the show. 🙂
♥ This is a project that could be done with older children or teenagers, under supervision.
Soy & Beeswax Candles
Candle wick (either pre-tabbed or not)
Candle wick tabs
Double boiler (saucepan and pouring pot)
candle or Candy thermometer
Glue dots or hot glue gun
Pencil, clothespin, stick (anything straight and level)
First, warm up the clean dry container’s you are using. Set your oven to 125 degrees (lowest) or ‘keep warm’ setting. Put your containers on a cookie sheet and place in the oven.
Lay out aluminum foil on the counter where you will be pouring. This will protect the area from any spills.
Measure out your wax and put into your pouring pot. Below is an equation that can help you with measuring out the amount of wax you would need.
1lb of wax typically = 20 oz. of volume
# of candles you are making x oz. per container = amount of wax needed
For example: 6 (candles) x 10 (oz. per each candle) = 60 oz. or 3lbs. of wax
You can use a small pot that will fit into your saucepan or you can actually buy a candle making kit to start off with. Most can be purchased at your local craft store. They typically include a pouring pot, thermometer, a few containers and pre-tabbed wicks.
Take the containers out of the oven and get them prepped for pouring. Take your tabbed wick, and using either a glue dot or a dab of hot glue, stick the tab to the bottom center of the container, pressing firmly.
♥ You can use a drinking straw to guide you by threading the wick through and pressing firmly to adhere the tab to the bottom.
To make sure your wicks stay centered when pouring, take a pencil (or stick) and wind the excess wick around the pencil. Lie the pencil across the lid of the container.
Now, get the double boiler started. Add about an inch of water into the bottom pan. Placing a cookie cutter in the center of the saucepan helps to keep your pouring pot balanced. That way it doesn’t float around and heat unevenly.
Place the pouring pot on top of the cookie cutter and begin to boil the water. Once your wax has reached a temperature of 150-170 degrees (for soy or beeswax) it is ready.
Left is Soy
Right is Beeswax
When your wax is completely liquefied and has reached the correct pouring temperature. Now is the time to add essential oils. Just pour in your oils and give a gentle stir.
Some blends I love:
Orange and cinnamon
Lavender and lemongrass
Rose and sandalwood
You can start with about 10 drops per blend. Add more drops of each oil until you reach your scent preference.
Begin pouring slowly into your container. Very slowly, this helps to prevent splashing on the sides of the container and air pockets from forming. Pour up to 1/4-1/2″ from the rim.
I like to wait overnight for the candles to harden before I trim the wicks down to 1/2″ in length.
It’s best to wait a day or two for the candle to cure before burning.
If you like this DIY, check out my bath bombs. Making candles is in theory like making bath bombs. The options and possibilities are endless. As you become more comfortable, you can experiment with colors, scents, and even add-ins.