Smells can completely change the atmosphere of a home. In fact, some studies suggest scents can affect a person’s mood and work performance. But the costs of new candles can easily add up fast.
We’re here to help freshen things up.
We’ve outlined tips and tricks for DIY candles. Read on to learn how to make your own candles, cut costs, and pick your own scents.
Why Try DIY Candles?
But it’s also a good way to pick out the perfect scent for your home. Homeowners can create aromas that fit their personal preferences, tastes, and home’s feel.
And bad smells can invade a home through everything from pets or spills to an out of date air conditioning system. Homemade candles can be a quick, easy solution.
Wondering how to make your own candles? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Candle making soy wax
- Heat proof container
- Double boiler
- Candle wicks
- Old pens, pencils, or chopsticks
- Fragrance oils
Here is a five-step lesson for DIY candles:
1. Melt the Wax
Start by adding water to the bottom of the double boiler. Add around a half pound of wax, and heat it on the stove.
It’s a good idea to use a spatula to stir the wax and break up large chunks. It should take around 10 to 15 minutes for the wax to melt.
2. Fix Wick in Container
This step can be done as the wax is melting. The key here is to fix the bottom of the wick to the bottom of the container. Your container can be anything from a mug or mason jar to a traditional candle container.
Either glue the wick to the bottom of the container or dip the bottom in the melting wax. This way, the undried wax can be used as a handy adhesive.
Fasten the bottom of the wick to the base of the container.
3. Add Fragrance
Here’s where the candle maker can really be creative. Pick out your favorite fragrant oil and stir it into the melted wax.
Be sure to stir and watch the melting wax mixture throughout the process. It should melt around 160 to 170 degrees. If it climbs much higher, it’s a good idea to pull it away from the heat.
4. Cool and Pour
Next, let the wax mixture cool a bit. It’s best to pour at around 130 to 140 degrees. So, keep an eye on the thermometer.
When it’s at the right temperature, hold the wick in place and pour the wax into the container. Be sure to save a bit of the wax in the double boiler. To keep the wick centered, place two pens, pencils, or chopsticks on either side of the wick.
5. Top Off and Trim
After the wax cools a bit, the space around the wick will sink a bit. So, use the extra wax in the double boiler to fill in the sink hole.
Finally, trim up the wick, let the extra wax dry, and enjoy.
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This quick guide to DIY candles should freshen up any home. And we have more handy DIY projects.
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