Who doesn’t love the aroma of a scented candle—or the soothing glow of a lit candle in a beautiful glass jar? Unfortunately, candles can be quite pricey, especially if you purchase a popular name-brand. However, with some basic supplies and a little bit of time, you can make your own scented candles from the comfort of your own home. Not only will you save some money this way, but homemade candles also make for thoughtful and creative gifts for your loved ones.
There are lots of different techniques for making your own candles at home, but we’ve outlined two excellent methods to get you started.
Making Votive Candles in a Glass
This is a great place for beginner candle-makers to start because it involves creating a very small batch with limited ingredients. The end result will be votive-size candles that look great in any space. Another nice thing about this technique is that you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy candle jars or glasses; if you have a small votive or even a clear shot glass lying around, that’ll work just fine!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- stearic acid
- dry (optional)
- votive or glass
- candle wicks
- a saucepan
- tape and scissors
- wax flakes (soy or paraffin)
Begin by combining the acid and the wax flakes in a 1:10 ratio (one part acid for every 10 parts wax). You can do this in a glass measuring cup for accuracy. The best way to do this is to bring about half a pot of water to a boil on the stove top. Carefully lower the cup of acid into the boiling water, then gradually add the wax flakes. As the boiling water heats the mixture, they’ll begin to combine together nicely.
Meanwhile, use a bit of hot glue or even tape to secure your wick to the center of your votive. Once your wax is properly heated, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil (if you want the candle to be scented), along with the dye for a colored candle. Once well mixed, carefully pour the mixture into your votive, being careful not to dislodge the wick. Let the candle set for a few hours, cut the wick to the proper length, and enjoy!
Making Scented Mason Jar Candles
Once you’ve mastered smaller candles, consider moving up to creating adorable mason jar candles. The main difference (and challenge) here is that you’ll need to prepare a larger batch of wax, which requires a little more time and care on your part. To reduce the time required for melting and mixing, consider using soy wax. When preparing candles in a large container, you’ll also need to secure your wick prior to pouring, which you can do using sticks that you set on either side of the wick or even a piece of cardstock with a small hole to hold the wick in place. Just be sure to leave room for pouring the wax.
Larger candles will also require more time to set, so you may need to wait a day or longer before you can actually enjoy burning your new candle. Either way, mason jar candles make for an adorable gift or can add rustic charm to your own home.
Learning to make your own scented candles is easier than you think; go on and give it a try for yourself!