The easy way to make homemade candles that are simple to customize for any occasion. Product list included!
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!
Homemade Candles, the easy way
- Choose your scent(s). The best option for this is essential oil, as it can be a strong or subtle scent, depending on how much you add in. I have used this brand in the past with excellent results. You’ll need 1 oz of oil per lb of wax.
- Pick the (non-food) containers for your candles. Mason jars, small decorative bowls, empty candle jars (yep, you can reuse those!)
- Gather up some basic candle-making supplies:
–wicks— I recommend 6″ length, but if you have taller containers to fill, you can always buy longer wicks and cut down to size
-glue dots for securing the wick to the bottom of the candle (do not skip this step, otherwise it just gets messy) Check out this 2-for-1 kit, which has wicks and the glue dots for a lower price. Score!
-optional–herbs to complement your candle scents. I like to have fun with adding different “ingredients” to the candles, it makes each one unique! Rosemary, cinnamon, rose petals, etc.
4. Glue wick to the bottom of the jar.
5. 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)
6. 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.
7. Let it cool, then trim the wick. Gorgeous!
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