How to make candles for beginners

Can't find the candle you want in the store? Make your own! Follow these tips on how to make candles at home to get the colour and scents you want.

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how to make candles for beginners

A good candle is a great way to add a romantic ambiance to a late-night dinner or a soothing bath – but what if you can’t find the style or scent you want in the shops? Learning how to make candles at home could be the answer you need. Read on to learn more.

Candle making can be messy so cover surfaces with newspaper or paper towels. If spills do occur, heat the wax with a blow dryer and wipe with soapy water.

Candle making: supplies

For homemade candles, you’ll need the following items:

  • Wax or wax flakes
  • Candy thermometer
  • Coconut oil (optional)
  • Cotton candle wicks
  • Wick holders
  • Jars for candles
  • Essential oils
  • Wax dye (optional)
  • Dried herbs or petals for topping (optional)
  • Saucepan or pot
  • Scissors
  • Pencils or chopsticks
  • Tape
  • Scissors

What type of wax should I use? You can use any type of wax which is available at your local store to make your own candles. For natural options, try soy or honey candle wax or why not recycle old shop-bought candles by heating leftover wax for your homemade candles.

What can I use for a mould? If you want something special then why not make your own mould from plastic? For an easier option, recycle old candle jars in your home. Just make sure you clean them out thoroughly first with reliable cleaners like Handy Andy.

Can I make scented candles at home? Yes! To add scents just add a few drops of essential oil to your melted wax. Scents like sandalwood and vanilla are comforting and warm, while floral aromas of rose or citrus fruits tend to be more refreshing and uplifting. You might be surprised to know that certain scents like lavender or peppermint can even act as natural insect repellents – perfect if you want your homemade candles to be practical and pretty!

How to make your own candles at home step-by-step:

Not sure how to make your own candles? Just follow these steps:

  1. Select a container for your candle and fill it with the un-melted wax. Then double that amount. That is how much wax you need to melt down for your candle.
  2. Melt the wax over a gentle heat, using a pan you no longer need for cooking. Most waxes will take 5-10 minutes to melt, depending on the amount you’re using.
  3. Connect the wick to the wick holder and place it at the bottom of your candle jar or mould. Secure it in an upright position in the centre of your candle by tying it to a pencil or chopstick, and placing this across the top of your mould.
  4. Now for a fun part. You can make your homemade candles smell delicious using inexpensive essential oils. Mix a few drops of the oil into the melted wax, and a few drops of candle dye if desired. Remember: a little goes a long way!
  5. Remove the melted wax from the heat and allow to cool. You’ll want your thermometer to read 60 °C before you pour it into the mould as this helps to ensure the wax solidifies evenly and quickly later on.
  6. Wearing heat protective gloves, pour the wax carefully into the jar. You can add decoration, like dried herbs or petals, at this stage.
  7. Allow your candle to dry for 2 hours, or until it’s firm. Once fully dried, cut the wick so it extends approximately 1cm above the top of the candle.

Did you know? If you’re using beeswax for your homemade candles then adding two tablespoons of coconut oil will help it dry more evenly later on

Now you know how to make candles at home it’s time to enjoy your creations and enjoy the relaxing effect of homemade candles.

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  • Always wear heat protective gloves and handle hot wax with care
  • Keep the room well-ventilated during candle making
  • Wash any items you’ll use when making candles thoroughly with Handy Andy
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
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