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DIY: Homemade Candles

April 30, 2019

DIY: Homemade Candles

Mother’s Day is just two weeks away, which means that you’re going to want to start considering what sort of gifts you’re going to give your wonderful mother. After everything that she’s done for you, doesn’t she deserve something special to show how much you love and appreciate her?

Well, with a little bit of wax and time, you can make some incredible candles just for her!

If that sounds complicated, that’s all right. We’re going to walk you through every step that you’ll need to take to get there. It’s a process that sounds a lot more time intensive than it actually is, and you should have most of the supplies you’ll need to complete the project already lying around in your home.

So, let’s get started on making some beautiful Mother’s Day presents!

Supplies: You’re going to need to gather a few supplies before we can really get started. You’ll need a pair of pots with one of them big enough to hold the other inside of it comfortably. Blocks of wax, which you can easily acquire from a store for a few dollars and something so you can gauge temperatures. There are a lot of options for a wick, you can use balsa wood, cotton string or whatever other methods you can find. For the purposes of this project, we'll be using cotton string wicks. The last things you’ll need are a few milk cartons and a hot glue gun.

While not required to complete the candles, if you really want to give them a stunning appearance and fantastic aroma, you can purchase some scented oil and an oil-based coloring agent.

Now that you have everything you need; we can get started!

  1. Take the larger of the two pots and bring some water to a boil. Once the water is bubbling, take the smaller of the two containers and carefully set it inside the larger pot. You'll then place the wax blocks inside the pot so that they don't burn up from direct contact from the water and ruin your project.
  1. Once the wax starts melting, you’re going to bring it up to about 170℉ and then let it cool to 150℉, using the thermometer to accurately gauge the temperature of the melted wax. Once it's cooled down, you'll be able to add the scented oil and coloring if that's something that you would want to do. Just make sure that these additions to your candle are mixed together well.
  1. With your wax ready to go, you can get to work on the candle set up. Take the milk cartons that you’re using and remove the top. Take your cotton string and hot glue it to the bottom of the carton so that it remains in place, and then tie it off at the top of the carton so that it remains standing straight up. You can use whatever you can find to hold the wick in place, even something as simple as tying it around a strip of wood will do.
  1. With the carton ready, slowly pour the melted wax into the prepared carton. Be careful not to let any get on you, it will still be scalding to the touch and can result in burns to your skin. You're going to be leaving the carton alone for a few hours while the wax dries, and once it has, you can tear the carton apart to get to the newly constructed candle. You’ll then trim the extra length off the cotton string and place it in a nice-looking candle holder, and you're good to go.

All right then!

You now have the perfect Mother's Day gift, after all, what better way to show her how much you love her by gifting her a handcrafted candle? Your mother will be certain to enjoy this beautiful addition to her home's décor. This is a project that you can get done with just a few dollars on your part, which means that if you want to spend some money on getting an equally beautiful candle holder to go along with this DIY project, you can!





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