If you are living like me, then it’s been nearly a year of life in quarantine due to a global pandemic. As a result, simply entertaining in the home is probably just simply entertaining yourself. Perhaps you have already taught yourself how to make sourdough bread, tried the Tik Tok dance trends (and have left it for Gen Z), or never want to see another puzzle again.
Well, I have one trend that will warm-up up your life, make your home feel cozier, and welcome in some fresh scents – all for a small budget. It's candle-making!
Let’s get into the supply list:
1 Package of candle-making soy wax
1 Package of candle wicks
1 Bottle of essential oils (Or a fragrance of your choice)
1 Heat-proof container (I.e., mason jars, canisters, or a previously used and now empty candle container, which is eco-friendly and budget-friendly)
1 Double boiler
Stirring utensils (I.e., chopsticks or popsicle sticks)
Close line pin or (large) chip clip
Optional: Chopped up crayons, dried petals
Side note: There are also plenty of candle-making kits on Amazon or Michaels. So, no judgment if you skip the list and buy a package set. Also, if you plan to make the candles with friends and family virtually, pre-order your supplies to be delivered on the same day so you can create them together over FaceTime or Zoom.
Step 1: Prep your surface
Create a clear and level workspace for when you start pouring your hot wax. Ensure you move anything that you wouldn’t want the wax to accidentally spill onto.
Step 2: Measure your supplies
Start by filling your saucepan with water halfway and bringing it to a simmer on the stove. Place the double broiler into the saucepan and pour in the wax. Allow the wax to melt for 10 to 15 minutes while you stir.
Step 3: Cooldown
Once the wax melts, let it rest for 5-7 minutes until it is warm to the touch.
Step 4: Attach the wick
While you wait for the wax to cool, attach the wick to the bottom of your candle container. Ensure it is dry inside. Attach the wick by dipping it in the melting wax then sticking it to the bottom of the container firmly.
Step 5: What’s your flavor?
Once the wax has cooled, pour in your scent or essential oil of preference and stir for a few seconds.
Insert of the adventurous:
Customize your candle even further by add-in chopped-up crayons for color or dried petals for a unique aesthetic into the melted wax.
Step 6: Pour the wax
Slowly pour the wax into your candle container. Leave about 25% of the wax in the boiler for later. Secure the wick with a close line pin or chip clip so that it stays firmly held in place while the wax hardens.
Step 7: Set it and forget it
Let the candle rest for 30 minutes to an hour.
Step 8: Add more wax
Most candles hardened with cracks or holes. So, add your remaining wax to top it off. Now let the candle cool at room temperature for 24 hours.
Step 9: Snip, snip
Trim the wick so that about a quarter inch remains at the top.
Step 10: Light ‘er up.
Enjoy your work.
Candles are a great way to personalize your space (as you’re most definitely spending a lot of time in it) or can be a gift for when you’re finally seeing someone in real life. Either way, I hope you enjoy this activity and treasure it long past the day of DIYing.