Who doesn’t love getting cosy indoors, lighting up a few candles, enjoying a cup of tea and relaxing into the evening? Candles bring a presence, an ambience, a feeling of relaxation and calmness in any room. They are the first thing coming to everyone’s mind when it comes to decorating a living room!
You can buy scented candles, but you can never be sure what goes into them. If you make your own, there will be fewer chances of you breathing in harmful and toxic chemicals. Want to learn how to make beautiful, fragrant candles at home? In this article, we will teach you how to do that! Without further ado, read on!
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Reasons to make your own homemade candles
There are various reasons why you should make your own homemade candles. Nothing says cosy like curling up with a good book at the end of a hectic day by the luminous glow of a homemade scented candle. Not only that, but you can also use them for your fondue set and enjoy a romantic dinner with your significant other! Let’s take a look at the reasons that make it a perfect way to relax.
1. Let your creativity out
When you are making homemade candles, there are no rules about what you can and can’t do. There are various techniques that you can use while making yours. Plus, you can choose the scent, colour, and container that fascinates you most. You can decorate the candles any way you want. Even if some of them don’t turn out great, you can learn from your mistakes and improve the next time.
2. Safe & eco-friendly ingredients
Who doesn’t want safe and eco-friendly ingredients in their candles? Many candle making companies use natural ingredients, but you can never be sure what is in the candle unless you make it yourself. Just enjoy the glow and ambience of fragrant candles and use them for aromatherapy without having to worry about chemicals and toxins.
3. You can choose your own fragrance
When it comes to the scent and fragrance, no two people are going to have the same tastes. Apart from the fragrance, the liking when it comes to its intensity differs from person to person. Some people like heavily scented ones, while some prefer just a hint. Candle companies cannot cater to the needs of everybody, and you will get generic candles. Therefore, you can experiment with any combination of essential oils to make the perfect one for you by making your own.
You can easily go out and buy scented candles from the store. However, they cost a pretty penny. The nicer a candle is, the pricier it will be. On the other hand, DIY homemade candles cost way less. Want to go green? Why not upcycle containers like coffee mugs, teacups, or mason jars! Homemade candles make great gifts for any occasion. Plus, you can make the candles to match your home decor – from the scent, style of the container, and even the colour, you can make candles that blend in!
Picking your perfect DIY candle container
Excited about making your own candles? Candle containers are a great way to begin from. Many people make plain glass jar candles, but in reality, the variety of containers that can be used is endless.
When you are looking for DIY candle containers, you need to make sure they are fire, leak, crack, and heat resistant. Go with heat-treated glassware, ceramic bowls, or well-sealed metal containers.
When you are picking the perfect DIY candle container, you need to keep the following safety rules in mind.
- Can’t catch fire
- Will not leak
- Will not break/crack easily
These rules sound pretty simple but are highly important since ignoring even one of them can lead to an accident. Let’s take a slightly detailed look at them.
1. Non-flammable containers
Never go for a container that can catch fire, no matter how pretty it looks. Don’t use coconut shells, wooden bowls, plastic containers, or anything that you can’t place near a fire to make your candles. If you are using ceramic containers, it is recommended that you apply two coats of decoupage medium to ensure that they don’t become too hot and break.
2. Leak-free containers
A container that leaks cause two problems. Firstly, when the wax melts on your coffee table, nightstand, or counter, it creates a big mess. Plus, a leak could cause a fire hazard as well. If the melted leaks quickly, the wick would burn higher.
You could have a very large flame within minutes, which is unsafe. The most common containers that tend to leak are metal ones with a seam along the bottom or side. If you are going to use a metal container, fill it with water and observe whether it leaks or not by letting it sit for a day or two.
3. Fragile & breakable containers
This is another common problem with candle containers. Similar to the leaking container, a cracked candle container will spill hot wax and cause a fire. The flame can grow quickly and catch nearby cabinets, drapes, etc., on fire.
Step-by-Step Guide: How to make candles at home
Now that you know how to choose the perfect DIY containers, it is time for you to start making homemade candles! Although there are various types of candles, they all have three main components:
Read the instructions in our step-by-step guide below and be on your way to making beautiful, alluring candles!
Things You Will Need
- Heat-resistant container
- Wax (preferably soy wax)
- Fragrance oil
- Newspaper/Brown paper bag
1. Prep the working area
The first step is to prep the area where you will be making the candles. Cover the surface with a brown paper bag or newspaper. Make sure that the working area is clean and flat and there are no objects cluttering it. Keep everything you need in one place.
2. Measure & melt the wax
You can use paraffin wax, soy wax, or beeswax. Paraffin wax is easily coloured and scented, but paraffin wax candles emit chemicals while the candle burns. Soy candle wax is really popular as it is eco-friendly and burns very slowly. You can try beeswax candles as well, but they don’t retain colouring or scent that well.
How much wax will you need? Well, this depends on the size of your container. Measure the container and double the value. This will give you the amount of wax you will need. Don’t place the candle wax on direct heat. It is better to heat it indirectly, so fill a pot halfway through with water and then place the wax chunks in a smaller, heat-resistant pot inside the large one. This will create a makeshift double boiler. Keep stirring the soy wax flakes so that they melt smoothly. Use the thermometer to measure the temperature of the wax as well.
3. Add fragrance oil
When the wax is melted, you have to add the scent you selected. Add as much as you deem necessary and simply stir the mixture for a couple of seconds.
4. Attach the wick
Before you pour the wax into the container, you need to attach the wick to its bottom. Dip the wick in melting wax and stick it immediately to the container’s bottom. Give it 5 minutes so that the wax could harden. On the other hand, you can attach the wick using superglue as well.
5. Pour the wax
Once your wax is melted, allow it to cool for a couple of minutes and then you can pour it slowly into the container. Keep holding the wick in place as you pour.
Keep a bit of wax in the heating pan so that you can use it later if need be. To stop the wick from swaying around the melted wax, secure it in place with the help of chopsticks. At room temperature, the wax will take about four hours to set.
If there are any cracks or holes on the top, reheat the wax you left and add it over the top. Viola! Your DIY scented candle is ready!
Things to Keep in Mind
When you are making candles, here are a few things that you have to keep in mind.
Never pour hot wax into the container
When soy wax cools down, it shrinks, which can lead to holes and dunks. You should pour the wax into the container when it has cooled down a bit and has a smoothie-like consistency. Use a candle thermometer to make sure that the temperature is just right.
Don’t freeze the candle to fasten the curing
A candle takes around 4 hours to harden up perfectly. Sometimes it seems like a long time for many of us, and we try to fasten the process by freezing the candle. However, if you do this, it will result in cracks and ruin all your hard work.
Choose the right size of the candle wick.
Make sure that the candle wick you are using is of the right size for your container. You can use two or three candle wicks together if you don’t have the right size. Using the incorrect size will create a hole around the wick, and the wax will burn straight down around the wick.
3 Creative candle variations
Looking for a few creative candle ideas? Here are three creative candle variations that you will absolutely love.
1. Floral candles
Want to create floral candles? You can do so by using dried petals from your favourite bouquet. Attach the dried petals to the sides of the container before pouring the wax, and you will have alluring floral candles on your hands!
2. Candles with buried treasure
Want to have fun with the candles? Why not use them as clues for a treasure hunt. Place inexpensive treasure (ring, necklace, a toy, etc.) in the container and then pour the wax slowly. You can use gel wax if you want to see the treasure inside your candle!
3. Colourful candles
If you want colourful candles and don’t have the dye block, you can chop up some crayons and melt them with wax to create the prettiest hue. However, you need to remember that crayons are made from paraffin wax so that they will emit chemicals as the candle burns.
Homemade DIY candles are not a bonus to the beauty of a space, but they also brighten it up with their alluring fragrance. They are pretty easy to make, and you can follow the steps that we have mentioned above to have the nicest, scented candles at your disposal.
You can upgrade your décor with these beauties and can gift them to your nearest and dearest friends as well. There are endless possibilities when it comes to customizing your candles. You can, for example, make marble candles. So don’t hesitate to experiment.
Happy Candle Making, Folks!