DIY: Homemade soy candles
By Jillian Gandsey & Danielle Carty
What you need:
• Wax, preferably soy
• Candle wicks
(Something to melt wax in)
• Candle scents, or
• Container for candle
• Skewers, chopsticks
(We used a pen)
• Hot glue gun
Making our own candles turned out to be a lot easier (and less messy) than we predicted. We love candles and fresh spring scents, so we figured it would be more beneficial and cost-effective to make and be able to customize our own. And who can turn down a DIY project with friends?
Note: If you use soy wax, you’ll want to use wicks that work with soy wax. We used soy because it burns cleaner and the candles last much longer.
One: Make sure your candle container (We found ours at McKenzie Place) is clean and your hot glue gun is warm and ready to go. Glue the wick to the bottom of the container, getting it as centered as possible. Roll the wick onto a skewer (or a pen, like we used) to hold it up and keep it straight when you pour in the wax.
Two: Pour your wax chips into the candlemaking pitcher. We had a two-pound bag and used about one pound for each candle and had a little leftover.
Three: Place the pitcher on the stove and melt the wax, stirring occasionally. Once melted, add your scent. We used NOW brand essential oils. They both were very strong citrus scents, which is great for spring.
Four: Once the wax is liquid, pour it into your candle containers. Hold the wick tight so it doesn’t become crooked in the wax.
Five: Let the wax harden. It will take a few hours, depending on how large your candles are. Once it hardens, cut the wick down and enjoy!