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DIY Candles: Should You Make Your Own Candles?

There’s a lot of different ways to make a candle. If you’re looking to craft your own, this is a good place to start. Learn more about how to create DIY candles at home from Wicksly.

 

Candles provide a soft and intimate atmosphere in any space. Lighting a candle after a long day is key to unwinding and relaxing. They’re also great for romantic dinners, celebrations, or gifts for your loved ones. No matter what you use candles for, you’ve probably wondered how hard it would be to make your own.

Making candles at home is difficult, but not impossible. It takes patience and time to perfect a craft like this, and it’ll require some trial and error to perfect the process. If you’re interested in making DIY candles, we’ve got some tips and tricks for you.

 

 

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Why We Love Candles

Since we don’t live in the 1800s anymore, we don’t really need candles to survive. But just because we have electricity doesn’t mean that candles have gone extinct. They still provide an atmosphere that people really enjoy. The scents that come from candles can be relaxing, stimulating, or just delightful.

Candles also make excellent home decor. This is because they look aesthetically pleasing, but they also serve a purpose. Candles don’t need to be lit to look beautiful, but if you want to elevate your space, burning a candle is sure to do the trick.

Benefits Of DIY Candles

There are many advantages to making candles at home, although it definitely does take a lot of work. For example, you can create custom fragrances that might not otherwise be available to purchase. You can easily combine your favorite fragrances to create a hybrid of all the best aromas.

Candle-making is also a great hobby to explore if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands. It’s fun to make something that’s both useful and beautiful. In order to make your own candles, you’ll need to gather some supplies. You can buy most of these things from your local craft store.

You’ll need:

  • a container for the candle
  • Wax of some kind
  • Wicks
  • A pot for melting the wax
  • A spoon
  • A thermometer
  • Essential oils for fragrance.

However, there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to vessels, wicks, and wax. Let’s talk about some of your choices and how to pick the right one.

Picking Materials For A DIY Candle

One of the first things you’ll need to think about is the type of wax you want to use. This can really make or break your candle. There are a lot of different waxes out there, and there are certain advantages to each one.

Paraffin wax is fairly common because it's inexpensive and made in the process of oil refinement. However, it can be damaging to the environment and your health because of the chemicals in it.

Another option for you is soy wax. It’s made from soybean oil and is clean-burning, so you can enjoy your candle without toxic fumes. It’s colorless and comes in many different wax forms. Whatever wax you decide to use, make sure you’re comfortable with its burn time and scent throw.

The next thing you’ll need is somewhere to put the wax. This will be your vessel for your candle. There are traditional candle containers, as well as things like mason jars, mugs, or other types of glasses. Whatever you pick, make sure that it’s heat-resistant and won’t crack when exposed to high temperatures.

Finally, you’ll need to purchase wicks for your candle. This will be the defining feature for how long your candle burns and its scent throw ability. Picking the perfect-sized wick for your candle can be tricky. If you get the wrong size, it could create carbon build-up and excessive flickering. You’ll want to find a wick that creates an even pool of wax in your container.

Downsides Of DIY Candles

It’s not all sparkles and rainbows when it comes to making candles. The process can be tricky and even messy. It’s easy for the wax to spill in the candle-making process, and it could burn you if you’re not careful. It’s vital to follow all the safety precautions when crafting a DIY candle, like wearing gloves.

While you’re learning to make candles, you might create what you think is the perfect one, and then find out that it doesn’t produce a scent when burned. It can be difficult to find the right ratio of fragrance to add to your wax to make a pleasant aroma. You could end up going through dozens of failed candles before coming up with the right recipe.

Steps To Making A Candle Yourself

The first step in creating a candle is placing your wick in the vessel you’ve chosen. Measure the wax according to how large your container is, leaving space at the top for the wax to pool when it’s burning. Make sure you’re working on a flat and clean surface. Protect the area that you’re using with paper towels to avoid wax spills.

You’ll need enough unmelted wax to fill your container twice. Next, heat up your wax in a pot. This should take about 10-15 minutes. At this point, you’ll add your fragrance and coloring. Don’t forget to stir your mixture frequently to prevent wax from sticking to the bottom!

Let your wax cool down to about 140 degrees, and then pour the melted wax into your container. Use a holder to keep your wick in place. After the wax has cooled completely, you can trim your wick to the appropriate size. If your candle has cracks or holes after it’s cooled, you can reheat your wax and add more to the vessel.

Safety For Candles

Now that you know how to make your own candles, let’s talk about how to burn your candle safely. When you’ve lit a candle, make sure it’s not near anything that could catch on fire. This includes curtains, blankets, papers, and other decor.

Place your homemade candle somewhere that isn’t easily accessible to kids or pets. Candles are easy to knock over and create a huge mess. Not only will you end up with candle wax on your carpet, but you could also start a fire in your house.

Wicksly Does It Best

Candle-making isn’t for everyone. If this process doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, but you still love candles, why not try a candle subscription box? Wicksly offers a monthly candle box service that ships right to your door. Our candles are made with 100% soy wax and are free of lead and toxins.

Each month, you’ll receive a different candle to compliment the season. Think about clean, fresh scents in spring, breezy garden scents in the summer, spicy autumnal scents in the fall, and warmth and coziness in the winter. Each candle is hand-poured by professionals and made right in the USA.

Why Get A Candle Box Subscription?

So, why subscribe to a candle box instead of going to the mall? Well, for one, we offer convenience in uncertain times. The last thing anyone wants to do right now is going to a crowded store full of people and touch all the same candles.

Another reason to try Wicksly is the guarantee of quality each time. Some candles are a mystery when it comes to the ingredients and the burn time. At Wicksly, you’ll know that every candle you receive is made with the best ingredients and has a 40-hour burn time.

The Takeaway

Candles may feel like a luxury, but they shouldn’t have to be one. Anyone should be able to experience a good candle whenever they want, whether they make it themselves or receive it from a subscription box. Try our candle box today for just $20 a month and no hidden fees.

Sources:

What should I look for in a good candle? | Chicago Tribune

Candles | Explain That Stuff

Are Candles Harmful And Poisoning You? | House Beautiful