Decorate your home with your own scented candles with our easy step-by-step guide.
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful candle flickering away in your lounge room, not to mention the lovely scent it spreads throughout your home! Well, what if we told you making your own candles is much easier than you think? With our step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to create your own collection and signature fragrance. Burn them at home, or give them away as a gift!
What you'll need:
- A bunch of old jars or containers. You can pick up some empty glass jars at your local variety store for no more than $5, depending on the size. Otherwise some old jam jars should do the trick. (Note: Don't use any jars where the glass is too thin - you don't want to risk it cracking with the heat)
- Candle wax (from your local arts and crafts store)
- Candle wick (from your local arts and crafts store)
- A small rod or skewer to hold the wick in place over the jar
- An old pan
- Scented oils (optional)
- Colouring (optional)
Step 1: Setting the wick
Cut your wick to the appropriate size of your jar, ensuring there’s a bit sticking out so you can handle it easily. Tie the top of the wick to a rod or skewer and balance the rod across the top of the jar, to hold the wick in place. You want the wick to be sitting in the middle of the jar. If your wick is moving around too much, add a bit of hot glue to the bottom and stick it down.
Step 2: Melting the wax
Using your old pot, melt the wax over low heat. Once it has completely melted, add your desired scent and colouring. Stir it through and let the wax cool a little before pouring. You’ll need to repeat this step for each desired fragrance and colour.
Step 3: Pouring the wax
Holding your rod or skewer in place, gently pour the wax into each jar. Be careful not to overfill the jars – around 1cm from the rim is an ideal amount. Let them cool and set. If you’re moving the jars to another spot, be sure not to bump them too much and fix up the wicks that might have moved from the centre.
Step 4: Trimming the wick
Once your candles are properly set (this might be overnight), untie the wick from the rod/skewer and trim it down, leaving enough room for you to light and burn. Leave the candles for a day allowing them to set properly and then burn away!
Visit www.candlemaking.com.au for some extra inspiration or candle supplies.