I don’t know why, but I’ve never tried making my own candles. I guess I’ve always thought, “Why make, when you can buy?” BUT, most candles don’t come in cool containers that would look cute to have around your house (unless you’re paying $30 a candle). SO, that’s why I’m making mine this year. They also make great gifts (especially a hostess gift) for this holiday season. Here’s how I made it:
- Soy wax (I like microwaveable wax)
- Candle wick (found here)
- Essential oil (I chose apple cinnamon)
- 2 vintage glasses
- Clean up your vintage glassware (you can find some glassware at any thrift store, for pretty cheap).
- Optional: preheat your vintage glassware in the oven. I set the oven to as low as it would go. I just wanted the glassware a little warm (hopefully this will help the wax to adhere better).
- Follow the directions, of your soy wax package, to melt the amount of wax you will need. My wax was easily melted in the microwave after about 5 minutes, in a microwave safe container. Once the wax was clear, combine about an ounce of oil into the melted wax.
- Take your glassware out of the oven, place your wicks into the glassware, and pour the hot wax in. Adjust the wick so it’s centered in the container.
- The wicks are heavy, and do tend to drift away from the center. To solve this problem, I used some scotch tape to make a criss-cross support around the wick. This held it up.
- Allow your candle(s) to cool, overnight if necessary.
- You’re done! You can add a little gift tag to give these candles as a gift…. or, keep them for yourself.
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