A couple of weeks ago, I made a handful of candles for friends, as a gift, and it was way easier than I thought it would be. So, I thought I would share the tutorial here.
I had never made candles before, really…unless you count these. And I assumed there would be a learning curve to it. Turns out though, they’re really pretty easy, as long as you have the right equipment. And much to my surprise, they turned out just fine on the very first try.
I picked up some small canisters from Anthro for $6 each (not available anymore, but I like these glass containers too and they’re a similar shape) and all the candle making supplies I needed (list below). From start to finish, it took me less than an hour (not including cooling times) to finish a batch of nine candles.
Here’s how to make your own candles in a container…
small decorative containers // soy wax flakes (1 lb bag for up to nine small votives) // pouring pot (you can buy one like mine on Amazon for $13) // wooden spoon for mixing // pre-waxed wire wicks w/clips (again, available on Amazon) // coconut oil scent
1. Turn on the stove to medium heat and pour the wax flakes into the pouring pot.
2. As the wax starts melting, stir with a wooden spoon. Stir every so often until all the flakes have melted completely and the melted wax is transparent.
3. Remove from heat and pour in coconut scent. I wasn’t sure how much to use, so I poured in the whole bottle.
4. Let the wax sit for 20-30 minutes before pouring, so that it can cool to 120 degrees (or the consistency of a slushy / well-blended smoothie).
5. While you are waiting for the wax to cool, add a wick and clip to each container – placing it in the center. It will stand up on it’s own.
6. Then pour the wax into each container. And wait for the wax to set up completely (12-24 hours). As the wax starts to set, it will start to get less and less transparent.
Photography by Sarah Eddy and Brittni Mehlhoff // Concept and Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Now that I’ve made a batch of these scented soy candles, I am totally addicted. I cannot even believe how fun and easy they are to make.
So, what do you think? Have I convinced to make some candles?