We have all tried our hand at making cards, Christmas decorations and beading, but what about candles? Candle making is a fun activity that you can do on your own or with friends and family. These candles can be used as gifts or simply to add a different look to your home.
So what exactly do you need to make a candle? In order to simplify the process, here is a five step process for you to follow:
Number One – Source all materials
The first step you need to take is to find all the materials that you need and want to create your candle. Most of these materials can be found at your local craft store – otherwise order online – and are fairly inexpensive. Here is a list of the five items you will need:
- A pouring pot
- A wick
- Scented oil of your choice
- Paraffin wax
- A container
- A wooden spoon
Number Two – Prepare your wick and container
The next step you need to take is to prepare the container, which you intend to use to hold your candle, and wick. Scrub out the container and once clean; ensure that you dry the dish properly. The next step is to prepare the wick, cut the wick about two centimetres longer than your container.
Number Three – Melt the wax
Once you have your pot prepared, start melting the wax is a large boiler container. Keep a thermometer clipped on the side of the pouring pot and a wooden spoon to stir the contents. When the wax comes to the correct temperature – 150 degrees Fahrenheit/ 66 degrees Celsius – remove from the heat. Once removed from the heat, pour the contents into your container. Be sure to have the wick placed in the centre of the jar. Remember in order to not damage the wick, pour the mixture into the jar slowly and hold the wick as still as possible.
Number Four – Stir in your colours and flavours
Once the wax is off the heat, stir in the colour and fragrance. To ensure that you stir the colour in evenly, use your spoon to mix from the outside towards the middle of the wax. This will create an even colour and texture across the entire candle.
Once the colour is stir in completely, allow the candle to cool for another ten to fifteen minutes and then stir in the fragrance. This way your fragrance in the candle will not burn away –meaning that you will not be able to smell the scent – and will be consistent throughout the candles lifespan.
Number Five – Light the candle
Once the candle has properly cooled, invite your friends and family over for dinner and light the candle. Before long you will get the amazing scent of the candle and have the room talking about you latest creation. Enjoy getting creative and remember, the sky is the limit.
I am Greg Jones, a food lover and sports nut. My wife recently started with handmade candles and after initially trying to not get involved, I gave in and made a few. They are fun and easy to make, and they really help you to relax. So my advice to you, if you are stressed or simply looking for a way to relax, make a candle!