Easy DIY Candle Making is not typical gardening news but just love a good fun DIY project at times. These candles are great smell, clean burning and would be a fabulous gift for any occasion. I’ve made a handful of these candles, for gift giving, within a matter of hours this last weekend. I was running low on beeswax and had no problem finding the ingredients to make these candles. And, I had all of the supplies that I needed.
If you’re new to making candles, then you need one basic item in your diy candle making kit. This is a jar or container filled with water. Be sure to choose a glass jar; this will give the finished candle a nice clean look. Next, you’ll need to gather up some wax from a craft store or online. If you’re making these from scratch, then you’ll also need some additional items. These include: two sticks of beeswax and some food coloring.
Now, if you’re going to be using a beeswax candle making kit, you should have everything you need. Usually these come with the wax, the wicks and a jar or container with water. You might want to buy a container already filled with wax for your candles, just to be safe.
With a soy wax candle making kit, you can choose to use any type of wick that you want. Personally, I prefer to use natural wicks because they burn longer than the synthetic wicks. Another thing that you’ll want to keep in mind, is that not all kits have a jar with the water in it. I’ve found that sometimes kits don’t include enough jars with water, so you may have to purchase this separately from the kit.
For your clean burning candles, you’ll need to get something to hold the wax. I like to use small jars. These can easily be purchased at your local craft store or online. A great idea for an easy diy candle making experience is to purchase jar sealers that you can place the jars in before you seal them.
Once you’ve purchased your jars and the wicks you’d like to use, you’ll need to prepare the jars for your candles. Typically, candle jars are only needed for three – four candles. If you want to create multiple candles, you can adjust the sizes of the jars according to the size of your candles. You’ll also need to purchase an appropriate lid for your jars. There are many different sizes of candle jars, ranging from eight ounces to two pounds.
Finally, when you’re ready to begin creating your candles, you’ll want to gather your supplies. One of the things that you’ll want to keep handy when making candles is a pack of double stick tape. This will allow you to make holes for your wicks to penetrate when you’re putting the wax in the jars. Using double stick tape will also help you assemble the candles and keep their contents inside the jars.
After you have gathered all of your supplies, you’ll be ready to start making your candles. The first thing that you’ll need to do is melt some of the wax. Once the wax has melted, you can pour it into the jars you’ve prepared earlier. Alternatively, you can also use molds, but the molds that you use for pouring the wax into jars will work great for pouring the essential oils into the jars.
Next, you’ll need to create an initial recipe for your candles. This recipe will allow you to determine which essential oils you’re going to use. Essential oils are essential to the making of your candles. They add a wonderful scent to your candles and allow you to create candles that have scents that are out of this world. For example, lavender is a scent that is very light, romantic, and ethereal. You can add the combination of rosewood oil and sandalwood to create the perfect candles for your romantic candle making.
Once you have your recipes complete, you’re ready to set up your equipment. The equipment that you need will depend on the way that you’re using. If you’re using wax base candles, you’ll need to gather some wax from your containers and line them up in your candle making arena. Be sure to coat the wax with some wax protection before you dip the containers in to prevent any water or spills from happening during the process.
Once you have the wax prepared, you can move onto the wick selection. You will need to choose which kind of wick is going to be right for your candle making venture. Most candle makers prefer a hexagonal wick as it produces more heat under high flame temperatures. However, if you are not dedicated to candle making, a cone wick may be the way to go as it produces less heat and is also easier to clean.