Love scented candles, but hate paying upwards of $20 for one?
If I was a millionaire, I’m sure I’d buy way too many candles. Heck, I’m not even close to being a millionaire and I’ve still bought way too many candles…
In order to save some money, I recently discovered just how easy it is to make your own candles! And at a fraction of the cost! Why don’t you give it a try? It’s a fun hobby, and your bank account will thank you. 🙂
You will need:
- Pre-dipped candle wicks
- Candle wax flakes (2x the amount needed to fill your glass jar)
- Glass jar
- Pencil or chopstick
- Glass container for melting the candle flakes (a glass measuring cup works well)
- Essential oils
- Optional – Grated crayon in your color of choice
Here’s how to make it:
- To begin, place your candle wick inside the jar with the metal piece laying flat on the bottom. Lay the pencil or chopstick on top of the jar and tape the end of the wick to it in order to hold it in place.
- Next, measure out two times the wax flakes needed to fill your jar as they will melt down to half their current volume. Add the flakes to the glass container (measuring cup).
- Fill the sauce pan halfway with water and place the glass measuring cup inside, being sure that no water can get to the wax flakes. Bring to a boil and then lower the temperature to medium, stirring occasionally. If you want to make a colored candle, add the a small amount of grated crayon (about 1/5 of a crayon per 16 oz of wax flakes for a solid coloration).
- Once the wax flakes have melted, use an oven mitt to remove the measuring cup. Add in your essential oils (about 8-10 drops per 16 oz of wax flakes) and pour the melted wax into the container with the wick, being careful to not knock the wick over.
- Let sit for 3-5 hours at room temperature until completely solid, trim the wick if needed, and voila! You have now made your own scented candle!
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