Candle DIY – Simple and Effective Tips For Creating Your Own Candle Fragrances Or Candles
Candle DIY’s have become quite popular in recent years, with many people choosing to burn their own candles rather than buy them. Candle making can be very simple and inexpensive if you have all the right tools and supplies, which are what makes this hobby so attractive to those who may not be able to afford professional candle making kits. If you’re thinking of doing it yourself, here are some tips to help get you started.
When you candle DIY, you’ll need a jar with a good quality lid and an appropriate wick. The jar should be wide enough that your candles don’t sink as they burn and should have a good lid that seals to keep the candle from splattering or tipping over. There are some excellent candle kits that contain everything you need to create perfect candles every season. Some even have everything included in the kit to make more than just candles. It may seem like a lot of extra work to go through the trouble of buying candles every season, but it will actually save you money.
If you candle diy kit doesn’t come with wicks, then you will need to buy these separately. Most kits have six to eight wicks, and sometimes even nine or ten wicks. You should get wicks which are made of lighter weight cotton so that they can burn easily.
You will also need a supply of craft glue and other special tools, such as a glass cutter and a small amount of silicone caulk. These tools are not mandatory, but it might be worth having them on hand for emergencies. Some candle makers like to use natural essential oils instead of soy wax, and some will even pour the essential oils directly into the wick. If you are not sure which essential oil is best for your particular type of candle, you can ask the maker for advice.
Next, you will want to cut your wicks into manageable lengths. This will make it easier to package them in the wax container. If you don’t do this right, then the wicks might break off as they are bundled together, causing a tangled mess. Always wrap the wicks with heat shrink wrap or tissue, so that they don’t burn up during shipping. If your wicks are too long, then the candles will dry out and start to smell. If you bundle too short wicks, the candle may be unstable and break as a result of the tension.
Once all the wicks are packed, seal the bottom of the container and put it in the freezer for a few hours. This will help your candles last longer and maintain their fresh scent. Next, carefully unfold and place the wicks in their wax container, making sure they are securely in place. If you have a lot of handmade candles you will probably need a couple of sheets of wax paper to protect the wick from moisture, but for general use you should be fine. If you need to repack the soy wax, this can be done at home, using a hot air balloon to quickly spread the wick out to its proper size.
After the wicks are in place, you will want to add some organic spray or oil (if you prefer), some vinegar, some food coloring (for darker colors to smell more like candles) or food dye. These all have varying effects, depending on which you choose, but you should experiment to see which works best for you. Just remember that any scent neutralizing candles you create yourself can be used again by adding your own scent to the jars. This is one of the great things about making your own fragrances – you never have to buy an expensive essential oil or scent again!
Candle creating can be very fun and rewarding if you go through the process step-by-step. Once your candles are done, you can take the leftover soy wax and use it for craft projects such as making your own jewelry or perfumes. You can also turn your candles into potpourri by taking some of the wax and adding your favorite scent and then strumming or whacking the mixture to create your own kind of pine needle. This type of candle is particularly beautiful and creates a wonderful scent in its own right. You can also try making your own essential oils or fragrance oils to save money.