Candles, candles, candles. A warm homely comfort, I nearly always have a candle lit in my bedroom, the flickering light and warm orange glow combined with a soft scent always makes me feel relaxed.
Having spent a lot on branded candles, I decided I would have a go at making some myself. I started out making a single cherry vanilla candle in a glass tumbler that had previously held another candle. (To get any wax out of an old candle holder, simply soak the container in hot soapy water for about 10-20 minutes and the wax should just pop out.) It turned out great! The smell is delightful and the natural colour of the soy wax makes it look sophisticated and subtle.
Following the success of my first candle I decided to make some as gifts. As Valentine’s day was coming up (and my boyfriend is also an avid candle user), I decided to make one for him, I also made one for my Mum as I was heading home for the week.
It’s super fun picking out the different containers and the different scents to suit different people. For a more manly candle I chose a mason jar mug with a spiced orange and lemon scent. My Mum got a pretty engraved glass jar with a patterned lid and the cherry and vanilla scent, seeing as it worked so well before!
These are great to make as gifts, they’re more personal (and cheaper) than a normal candle. Plus much more fun to make!
Soy Candle Tutorial
You will need:
- Containers for the candles.
- Soy wax flakes. (I got mine from here)
- Candle fragrance oil. (I got mine from here)
- Candle wicks. (I got mine here)
- Microwave proof jug.
- Double sided tape.
Pick out your candle containers and scents.
Using the container, measure out 2 times the amount of say wax flakes that fit within it. (It feels like a lot but trust me it’s right!)
Place these wax flakes into a microwaveable jug and put to the side. Wash and dry the containers. Using double sided tape, stick the bottom of the wicks to the centre of the container’s bottom.
Use either a skewer or a bag clip to hold the wick in place at the top of the container.
Place the wax flakes in the microwave for 1 minute, and then in 30 second intervals, stirring between each. Keep going until all the flakes have melted completely.
Add a few drops of the candle fragrance oil to the melted wax until the scent is the strength you wish. (It always smells stronger at this stage than it will once the candles have set.) Pour the wax into the container.
Leave in a safe place for 24 hours until the wax has completely cooled and set. Cut the wick so it’s about 1cm above the wax.
Give as a gift or keep for yourself!