Light My Fire: DIY Candles
Being someone who spends way too much money on candles throughout the year and also someone who doesn’t have a ton of hobbies, candlemaking was something that I’ve always wanted to try and made it my goal to start doing it while I was home for winter break. If you’ve always wanted to give making your own candles a try, keep on reading, because it’s super easy and inexpensive!
First, you’ll need: wax (I used paraffin, but you can also use gel wax or bee’s wax!), wicks, a candle thermometer, a scent (I went with vanilla, you can’t go wrong!), a decorative glass container, and a double boiler (not pictured).
In order to break the wax into pieces that will be able to fit in the top part of a double boiler, you’ll need to put the chunk into a plastic bag and use a hammer and screwdriver in order to break the wax apart.
After the wax is broken into smaller pieces, put the stove on medium or high to bring the water to a boil, and then put the wax pieces in the top of the boiler.
I had it on medium, and it took about 15 minutes for the wax to melt completely. Once it is melted completely, add 2 or 3 drops of your scent of choice, stir (with a plastic spoon or knife, so you don’t get wax on your actual utensils) and put the candle thermometer into the melted wax and make sure the temperature of the wax has reached about 170 degrees fahrenheit.
In order for the wicks to stay in place, what you’ll need to do now is dip the round, metal bottom of the wick into the hot wax, just stick it to the bottom of the container, and give it a moment to harden.
Then, if you happen to have a pouring pot, pour the wax into that before pouring into the glass container. I didn’t have a pouring pot, so I just poured directly into the containers, and it worked fine. Only when I went to add the last bits of melted wax into my jars did it get messy, but as long as you do it over a piece of scrap paper, you’ll be fine and can peel the wax off the edges of the container when it cools!
Now, just let the candles sit out overnight to completely harden (or you can stick it in your fridge for about a half hour), and they’ll be ready to burn bright!