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Ever wonder how to create your own candles? Believe it or not, it’s actually a simple process—one that is not only a blast but is also a great family activity! Best of all, choosing your favorite essential oils as fragrant ingredients allows you to create your own unique candles that offer aromatherapeutic benefits when burned.
It’s time to skip breaking the bank on overpriced candles and try making your own for a fraction of the cost! Follow these simple step-by-step instructions… and be sure to share your finished product with us!
- 100% pure white or yellow beeswax
- Glass containers
- Wick(s) & either a wick sticker or a hot glue gun
- Pencils & tape
- Your favorite Piping Rock essential oils
- Pouring pot (& a frying pan to make your own double boiler)
- Cookie sheet
- Colored dye(s) of your choice (optional)
- UV stabilizer (optional)
It’s important that you make sure you’re using the proper amount of wax. For easy measuring, try filling the container(s) you want to use with the wax flakes, then pouring the flakes into your pouring pot. That way, you know you’ll have the right amount for the right number of candles you want to make!
Preheat your oven to 150°F (or the lowest setting). Place your empty glass containers on a cookie sheet and place in the oven until you’re ready to use them. Heating them up will help to eliminate jump lines and prevent possible breakage that could happen if you poured hot wax into a cold container.
Create a Double Boiler
Fill a frying pan with ~1” of water. Place the pouring pot that you poured your wax into in the water and bring it to a boil (but not a rolling boil, since the water could splatter out of the pan).
Melt Your Wax
The wax will need to be heated to around 150°F. On medium-low setting, stir the wax occasionally until it is melted. You will need to check the temperature of the wax regularly to make sure it’s not getting too hot. If it is, adjust the heat of your stove as needed. Never leave your wax unattended!
Step 4: Add Your Essential Oil(s)
Once your wax is melted and has reached 150°F, you’re ready to add your oils! The most common ratio is around 1 ounce of oil per 1 pound of wax. If you’re not sure how much oil adds up to 1 ounce, keep in mind that approximately 1 tablespoon is equal to .5 ounces of oil. Pour the oil into your melted wax and give it a nice stir.
Step 5: Add Your Dye(s) & UV Stabilizer (Optional)
If you choose to add dye(s) and/or a UV stabilizer to your wax, now’s the time! Add the desired amount of dye to the wax (we recommend doing it sparingly since you can always add more but cannot remove any dye). Mix well. Adding a UV stabilizer will help keep the color of your candle from fading if it’s exposed to UV or fluorescent light. Add about ½ teaspoon of UV stabilizer per 1 pound of wax & mix well.
Remove your pouring pot from the double boiler and mix all of your ingredients thoroughly. As you prepare your containers, make sure you re-mix the wax to keep everything combined.
Add Your Wick(s)
Remove the containers from the oven. Insert your wick(s) through two pencils you’ve taped together and place your wick sticker or a dot of hot glue to the bottom. Press the wick to the bottom of the container, pulling it taut through the pencils. Rest the pencils on the edge of the containers to keep the wick stable as you pour the wax.
Be sure to give the wax one more good stir before pouring. Carefully and slowly pour the wax into the jar, being extra mindful to get an even pour that doesn’t splash up along the sides of the container. Pouring the wax too fast can result in air bubbles or a general mess all along the sides of the container.
Leave your containers to cool completely. It’s best if you do not move the containers as they cool so the wax is not disrupted and that there are no vents blowing air onto them, as you do not want to speed up the cooling process. Let the containers stand and cool for 4-5 hours.
Once the wax has cooled and hardened, it’s time to celebrate—you’ve successfully made a candle! Pull the pencil stabilizers from the wick and trim to about 1” above the wax. Light the wick and enjoy!
These homemade candles make for wonderful gifts, party favors and can be a great family activity to do during a rainy weekend! And be sure to share your candles with us… we’d love to see them!