I have been making my own candles for about a year now, and I love it. Â I’ve always loved candles, and I noticed how pricey they were getting in the stores, so I thought I would try making them myself. Â I also like really strong scents – I like for a candle scent to fill up the whole house, and it seems like most candles you buy in the stores barely even smell up a room.
I’ve tried all kinds of candles, and I really like soy candles best. Â This is just a personal opinion, but I think soy candles are not only better quality, but also better for the environment. Â They are all natural, they don’t give off the black soot like paraffin does, and they just burn cleaner.
After searching for what seemed like an eternity, I found a decent deal on the soy wax flakes. Â I definitely wanted the flakes, and not the big bars of wax, as it’s so much easier to handle, and takes less time to melt. Â You can buy wax flakes in stores like A.C. Moore and Michaels, but they are much more expensive that way. Â I found a supplier online and purchased two 50lb boxes of wax. Â Yes, that’s a lot of wax – but I make a lot of candles. Â Not only for my home, but also for family, gifts, and I also sell them at craft shows.
You will need the following items to make candles:
- Soy wax flakes (or any type of wax you prefer)
- Candle fragrance
- Candle dye (optional)
- Wicks – I buy the tabbed wicks
- Hot glue gun
- A straw (optional)
- Candle containers (I love recycling glass jars)
- Pans to melt the wax
- Double burner (you can use the stove but I don’t recommend it, it can be very dangerous to have wax near an open flame)
My video above shows you my step-by-step directions on how to make your own candles, but here’s a quick breakdown:
- Melt your wax. Â I use about 1 to 2 lbs of wax in a melting pot.Â
- Prepare your containers – glue your tabbed wicks to the bottom of your jars or containers.
- Let your wax get down to 185 degrees, and then add your fragrance and dyes. Â Stir well and make sure the dye chips are dissolved.
- Pour your wax into containers.
- Make sure your wicks are standing up straight – I use a plastic knife or popsicle sticks to keep them in place on top of the jar.
- Place in a cool environment for several hours to form.
- Once the candles are completely cooled and hardened, cut your wicks down to about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch.
- Light and enjoy!
Note: Â The better quality fragrance and wax you use, the better your scent throw will be. Â I use only high quality fragrances (not sold in Michaels or AC Moore) and these candles smell up the whole house!
These are recycled jars I used for my candles. Â They are 2lb sized jars that had artichoke hearts in them. Â They are bigger than they appear and make awesome candles!