Making your own small gifts for the holidays is a great way to show your friends and family that you put some effort into their gifts. Buying bulk supplies to make your own gifts can save you money in the long run, and these candles are perfect because your friends can put them to use throughout the holiday season. Make your own homemade candles in five easy steps!
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Buy Your Ingredients
You will need the following candle making ingredients:
- Candle wax (either paraffin or soy work well)
- Candle wicks that go with the type of wax you choose
- Containers to put the candles in (small 8 oz jars will do)
- Fragrance (look for scented wax chips which are often sold along with candle wax)
- Wick holding bars (to hold the wick straight up as the wax hardens).
You may also need hot glue and a glue gun.
Set Up Your Station
You will need to heat the wax with a double boiler. It works really well to use an old coffee can or metal bowl and set it on a pot of boiling water. Get the water on, and preheat the oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Plug in your glue gun if needed.
Prepare Your Jars
Place all the jars you’re going to use on a baking sheet. You are going to put them in the oven to warm them a bit before you pour the hot wax in to prevent bubbling and air pockets. But, before you heat the jars, you first have to attach the wicks. Depending on the type of wick you selected, there will be various ways to stick it on to the bottom of the jar. Hot glue works great for this. Once you have the metal part of the wick stuck to the bottom of the jar, get out your wick holding bars and place one on top of each jar, edging the wick through until it is standing straight. Let the glue dry for a bit and then place the backing sheet and jars in the oven. Let the jars stay in just long enough to feel warm.
Prepare Your Wax
You will need about 6oz of wax for each 8 oz jar, so buy accordingly. Place the unmelted wax in the metal bowl or tin can. Let it melt until it has formed a liquid and reaches around 180 degrees. After all the wax is melted, add your fragrance and stir.
Pour Your Candles
As soon as the wax is melted and fragrance has been added, it’s time to pour the wax into the candle holders. Simply pour the wax into the jars and let them sit. It’s a good idea to keep the candles warm and let them slowly cool off by wrapping a towel around the jars. Let the candles sit for a couple days, and then you will be ready to amaze your friends and family with your thoughtfulness and skill.