My mom had the idea to make candles but kept asking for my help, and when we finally decided to do it we wanted to take the natural approach. We did not realize how easy this project would be. So, I purchased a large bag of soy candle wax from Amazon and used the essential oils we had in the house to give the candles a nice scent. Any essential oil works, but we decided on three: lavender, cinnamon leaf, and peppermint. My mom found some really cool jars with lids at our local Goodwill store that cost $0.50 each. When we started getting all of our supplies ready we realized we would need a double boiler, but we were worried about getting wax everywhere. My mom decided that an old soup can would work just as well and it allowed for an easier clean up, however, for next time I actually purchased a candle making pitcher to cut on time, since we made so many. We had so much fun making our candles. So far we have been burning one of our 12 oz candle for 8 hours and we are not even half way through it. We noticed that when we burn the candles the scent is not very strong so people with sensitivities to scents should be able to burn these no problem! Overall, we really enjoyed doing this project together and will definitely make candles again in the near future!
Popsicle sticks or something similar to keep the wick still
- Make sure jars are empty, clean and dry.
- Attach a wick sticker on the bottom of each wick, then gently secure to the bottom of your jar.
- We used fondue sticks to keep the wick in place so it did not move, otherwise you will have a crooked wick. (refer to picture)
- Melt wax using the double boiler method. For an easy clean-up we used an old soup can to melt the wax in over some boiling water.
- Once the wax is completely melted use a hot pad and remove from the boiling water. We placed the aluminum can on a hot pad on the counter.
- Add 20-25 drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Pour into glass jar. By this time the wax was a little cool so it was safe to pour into the glass jar.
- Let cool about 2 hours.
- Trim wick, if needed, once candle is cool.
- Burn away.