The easy way to make homemade candles that are simple to customize for any occasion.
What do you picture when you think about a warm, inviting home for the holidays? Classic Christmas music playing, cozy wool blankets all around, a fire in the fireplace, something hearty simmering on the stove, perhaps candles aglow…? Me too.
I love candles. I really do. I love the ambiance they create. To me, it’s not the winter season without a lighting a few candles at night.
Unfortunately for me, most store-bought candles cause more problems than they’re worth. Overpowering scents and strong chemicals in the fragrance cause my eyes to water and itch. I’ve tried all types and brands, and it’s very hit or miss for me. It was such a bummer to toss out nice, at times expensive, jarred candles once I realize that they bother my senses. I was starting to think that I had to stop using candles all together.
Until… I realized how easy it is to make your own candles at home!
Seriously guys, this is one of the easiest DIY’s around. I love that I can whip up a few in minutes. Yes, minutes.
Plus, they are totally customizable (wax & scent!) and you can wrap them up as gifts this holiday. Cheers!
Let’s get to the candle-making…
I start by choosing a few scents I want to use. The best option for this is essential oil, as it can be a strong or subtle scent, depending on how much you add in. They work perfectly for homemade candles! I have used this brand in the past with excellent results.
Choose the (non-food) containers for your candles & gather up some basic candle-making supplies:
…soy wax pieces, candle wicks, and herbs to complement your candle scents. I like to have fun with adding different “ingredients” to the candles, it makes each one unique!
Start by taping or gluing the wick to the bottom of the jar. These wicks work best for me.
Then melt wax in the microwave, using a heat-safe container. I do five minutes per 1 lb of wax. (you could also use the double boiler method)
Next, add the essential oil (1 oz. per 1 lb of wax), and pour wax/oil mixture into the candle holders. Once it’s mostly dry (opaque white on top), I sprinkle on a few herbs or seasonings on top.
Let it cool, then trim the wick. Gorgeous!
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