HOW TO MAKE CANDLES FROM HOME

HOW TO MAKE CANDLES FROM YOUR KITCHEN

Making homemade candles can be a very rewarding experience. People decide to make, rather than buy, for several reasons. Many people enjoy doing crafts at home. Some people enjoy sharing the crafting experience with children that are old enough to engage in the process. Others like to make personally designed gifts for friends and we all delight in making our own personal spaces as relaxing and stress-free as possible.

If you appreciate candle light and /or aromatherapy, consider candle making. To help simplify the process for those who have no experience, I have written out the step-by-step instructions to candle making below. I believe this is the simplest method, with the least equipment needed.

Before I begin, let’s discuss the materials that you will need to have on hand. I recommend the use of a thermometer to let you know the temperature of the wax. I have researched some available products and you can find it here cheap.

Using a thermometer to test wax temperature.
picture of proper wax temperature testing with a thermometer

You can buy a double boiler for the wax melting. This is an option. Or you can just use a large pot for boiling the water and a smaller pot inside it for the wax. Some people prefer to purchase candle making kits. This is totally your choice. I found a link for one here.

If you choose not to go with the kits, in addition to the thermometer and melting pot, you will need wax and some wicks, along with whatever candle container you choose to employ. Popular choices are clear glass jars, such as Ball or Mason jars. See other blogs for ideas for decorating these containers, if you like. Almost anything you choose can be a candle container. Think about it. Old cookie tins and metal containers can be bought cheaply at thrift stores. Even old juice glasses can be candle containers.

Wax packages, tabbed wicks and jars for candle container use.
ideas for choosing materials you may need. Wax packages, tabbed wicks and glass jar containers for candle making.

The last thing you will need to decide is scented or unscented. This is a purely personal choice. Some people are problems with scented candles, due to allergies. If you are not plagued by this problem, I suggest adding your favorite essential oils to the mix.

HOW MUCH WAX WILL I NEED?

If you are a beginner at candle making, you might want to start with buying a pound of wax and melting 1 cup of the wax the first time. With this small amount of wax, be careful when adding oils for scents. The oils are usually strong and you won’t want to overdo it. Remember, you can always add more, but start with a small amount.

THE PROCEDURE

A picture of a woman melting wax for candle making in her kitchen.
An illustration of woman melting wax in preparation for pouring.

The first thing I recommend is to use old newspapers to coveer your work area. Spills can happen, so better to be prepared. If needed, this is the time to trim your wicks and decide on how to attach them in the candle. There are some suggestions here.

Idea for wick placement in glass containers
example of how to position wicks during the cooling stage of candle making.

Heart - shaped meta container candles with propped wicks.
heart – shaped metal container candles hardening with a propped wick.

Next, assemble your candle containers, along with your wicks. Begin to boil water in a large saucepan over medium heat. At this point, you could choose to buy a melting pot, or just use something metal from the kitchen. Be sure to know where the hot pads are. When the water boils, insert the melting pot with the wax into the boiling water. When the wax begins to melt, dip the ends of your wicks into the melted wax. Attach them to the bottoms of your containers. This way, by the time the wax melts, your wicks will be attached and steady.

Of course, some people prefer to use superglue to attach wicks. Others do not believe the wick should be attached directly to the bottom of the container. These people will buy wicks, cut them to desired length and wrap them around a pencil suspended over the top of the container to keep the wick in place.

Pouring melted wax into glass containers with wicks propped up
glass containers with propped up wicks being filled with melted wax.

The wick hangs down, still held up by the pencil while you pour your melted wax into containers. If you are a beginner, you could use a larger wick. They are more substantial than smaller wicks. These are best for homemade candles, anyway.

Either way you choose, the temperature of the melting wax should be below 170 degrees (F). This is where you need your thermometer.

Using a thermometer to test wax temperature.
picture of proper wax temperature testing with a thermometer

If you want your wax scented, the best time to add the oil is when the wax is almost all melted. Did you know scents can be homemade, too? Dried herbs and flowers combined with olive oil is a great way to naturally scent your wax. Essential oils you purchase are much stronger. Only a touch is recommended, half a teaspoon goes a long way with 8 ounces of wax.

Let the wax cool for 2 or 3 minutes, then pour into your containers; reserve a small portion of the wax for later. Remember the pencil or metal pin trick for those wicks that need propping up. Now, you let the candles cool. Sometimes, the wax will separate from the container after cooling. If this happens, just use a little of the reserved melted wax and pour in to fill the gaps. You might need to reheat the wax.

Now, trim the tops of the wicks, if necessary. Enjoy your homemade candles.

IN SUMMARY

In this blog, I have attempted to explain the process of how to make candles from your home. The steps have been streamlined, illustrations added and guidance is provided every step of the way. All materials are discussed, as are some of the options available to the amateur chandler.

For example, glass containers have been described. These can come from anywhere, even thrift stores. Mason or Ball Jars are favorites. However, your containers can be old juice glasses, jelly jars and other glasses. Consider methods of adding interest to your candle holders by using a little paint or gold leaf to personalize or include designs.

According to the candle makers preference, paraffin wax is good and easy to work with. For those that prefer a natural candle, soy wax or beeswax is best.

I hope I have provided an easy to follow procedure for making your own candles from home. I would be delighted if any visitors left comments or criticism on the information provided here. Do you have a candle making experience to share? I would love to hear about it. We can communicate through the use of the comment box below. I respond within 24 hours, usually less. Thank you for reading.

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