How to Make Homemade Candles?

How to Make Homemade Candles?

How to Make Homemade Candles?

Have you ever thought about making candles at home? It can be a great relaxing hobby to do for yourself, something you can do to make homemade gifts for friends or family or even a business for a full-time job or a side hustle. There are variety of candle making kits available online which you can choose to make beautiful candles in the comfort of your own home.

In this article, will go through how to make candles at home. Read on if you’re looking to learn this fun skill!

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What do you need to make candles?

There are a few things you need to make candles and you can get all the supplies that you need online from Below, you’ll find a list of candle ingredients and tools for candle making:

  • Wax. Naturally, you need some kind of wax to make candles and there are a few options to choose from. Paraffin wax is the most popular one, but soy wax is gaining popularity too as it’s more environmentally friendly and offers a longer, cleaner burn. You can also make beeswax candles at home.
  • Wicks. Wicks that come cut and assembled are the easiest for homemade candles, but you can also use wood wicks which look great and provide a clean, long burn.
  • Fragrances. If you want to make homemade scented candles, then you need some fragrance oils or essential oils. Choose ones that are specifically made for candle making to ensure safety.  
  • Containers. You’ll need something as a container for your candles. You can be very creative here as long as they’re heat-proof. You can use thick glass jar, aluminium tins, ceramic pots, containers, or cups. This is a great opportunity to reuse and repurpose things that you already have for unique and eco-friendly candles. Mason jars looks really cute for homemade candles.
  • Candle making tools. To make your candles, you need a saucepan to use as a double boiler to heat the candle wax and a heat-safe, aluminium pour pot to hold the hot melted wax to let you safely pour it into your chosen container. A thermometer dedicated to your candle making and some disposable wooden sticks for stirring while you’re melting wax are also needed.
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The candle making process

Now onto the actual process of making candles at home. Start by putting down a wax cloth or similar to protect any surfaces that you will be using for your candle making. Likewise, you should protect your clothing with a suitable apron.

Then gather a few supplies (candle wax, essential oil for fragrance, wicks) and the above-mentioned tools to make your DIY candles.

Wax sometimes comes in small pieces but sometimes you need to chisel it off a bigger block of wax. Once you have the wax in suitable pieces, place it into the pour pot. Then place the pot into a saucepan that’s filled with water to about 1/3 of the height of the pan to create a double boiler to help you melt the wax. Bring the water to the boil and keep stirring with your stirrer until the wax melts fully. Check the temperature of the melting wax with your thermometer to check that it’s reached the correct temperature for the kind of wax you’re using, whether that’s soy wax or paraffin wax.

Then it’s time to add fragrance oil for scented candles and/or colouring as desired to the hot wax. There are lots of popular fragrance oil options for candles, but you can of course experiment as you see fit with your own candles and find a mix of fragrance oils that you love. Stir in to ensure an even mix. Next, pour the wax into your chosen candle containers and quickly insert the wick in the middle.

Let the candle cool fully until the melted wax has set completely – this can take many hours, then trim the wick. Your candle is ready! If you want to, you can decorate the candle container with a label or some ribbon to make it a perfect gift. Scented candles is such a wonderful gift to both give and receive. Soy wax candles scented with essential oils makes a great eco-friendly gift.

How to Make Homemade Candles?

Is it expensive to make candles at home?

Most new hobbies and projects come with some upfront costs to get the supplies and tools you need to get started. It’s the same for making candles at home – there is a small initial investment to get you started making your own candles but many of the tools will be used each time you make a candle so those costs will not be repeated.

After the initial outlay, you’ll only need to top up your supply of wax, wicks, fragrance oils, candle dyes and stirring sticks to keep making candles. If you don’t use repurposed containers for your candles, you’ll need to buy containers too. They vary in prices depending on what kind you choose.

Overall, it’s quite an affordable hobby but if you’re unsure whether it’s something that you’ll love doing, you could start with a small candle kit or maybe sign up for a candle making course to try it first.

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