A Bright Gift: Homemade Candles

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Hi! Hope your week was great. I realize that Christmas has come and gone and therefore a hand crafted gift post is a little late, but I wanted to share the homemade candles that we made for some friends and family and couldn’t ruin the surprise by showing everyone before the 25th!Β  πŸ™‚ So here you go.

Caveman and I spent an evening in the kitchen making these cute soy-wax candles in jam jars. They were a perfect fit for us because they are small (we hid the box under Caveman’s shirts while they were settling), practical (made to be burnt, people!), and very affordable (they came to about $5 apiece!).

I won’t go deeply into detail about the actual process because I’m no professional candle maker, and I don’t want to steer you wrong. (One late night melting wax does not an expert make!) However, I will provide you with this tutorial we followed in case you’re all fired up to go into soy-wax candle production. (Hah! Fired up. Didja catch that?!)Β  By the way, we simplified the process by omitting scents and dyes from our candles. The final products are more au naturale that way, and my brother hopefully won’t get a headache when my sis-in-law burns her candle. πŸ˜‰

Anyways. Here’s the veerrrryyy basic steps we followed. Check the video again for specific temperatures and more detail.

Β Step 1: Melt wax in double boiler

Measure the amount of wax chips into your handy dandy tin candle making pot and double boil until completely melted. (We melted about 4 cups of wax flakes at a time).


Step 2: Prepare wicks in jars

Use glue dots to adhere the end of the wick to the bottom of the glass jar. Of course, do your best to get it as close to the center as possible.


Step 3: Let wax cool a bit

wax cooling to temp
We found that if the wax is poured right away, the glue dot will detach from the glass. Let the wax cool about 15 minutes before pouring, and the wicks will stay in place better.


Step 4: Pour wax into prepared jars

pouring wax into jars
Use a clothes pin or a piece of scrap paper to keep the wick upright and as close to the center of the candle as possible while pouring the hot wax into the jar.


Step 5: Let cool

let wax candles cool
Set the poured candles aside and allow them to cool. They’ll be more or less solid in an hour, but it will be another 24 hours before they are truly set.


Step 6: Trim wicks and decorate

Once the candles are completely set, trim the wicks to about 1/2 an inch. Then make them pretty; tie a ribbon around the top, spray paint chalkboard paint over the lids, decorate the jars however you wish.

Burn and enjoy! It’s really that simple. These fun little projects make great practical, affordable gifts, so have fun sharing with your friends.

{Like the candles? Do me a favor… Pin ’em please!}Β  πŸ™‚

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  • Kim
    January 6, 2014

    Great idea, Evelyn! These are candle that my family could burn. No scents. Thank you for sharing.

  • Lois
    January 7, 2014

    Making my own candles is something on my list of things to try. I will keep the tutorial for when I am ready to experiment. I bet you brother will appreciate the unscented candles.

    • Evelyn
      January 7, 2014

      Let me know how it goes, Lois! We really enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  • Carlynn
    January 9, 2014

    These look lovely, Evelyn! Your first picture is dreamy : )

    • Evelyn
      January 9, 2014

      Thanks, Carlynn! I am no photographer, so it’s always nice when one of the 48 images I snap turns out decent. πŸ˜‰ Glad you stopped by!

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