Home decorating can be a difficult task at times. And you might feel like the house is fine, the atmosphere is great, but you just want a relaxing vibe from time to time. The best solution I can think of is scented candles. They will not only relax your senses, but candles can sometimes work magic. Simply smelling that fragrance can transport you to the woods, surrounded by flowers, and you can enjoy it for a long time while listening to music.
So, if you want to make your own fragrance, here’s a quick and easy DIY project for you. Learn how to make candles in just 8 simple steps!
INGREDIENTS REQUIRED TO MAKE CANDLES:
- One package of candle-making wax
- One package of large candle wicks
- One bottle of fragrance oil
- One spatula
- One heat-proof container
- One double boiler
- One thermometer
- One pair of chopsticks or pencils
- Colour (optional)
STEP 1: MEASURING THE WAX
Before we begin, cover your flat surface with newspaper or towels to prevent the wax from falling to the floor. Once you’ve decided on the container you want to use, measure the wax and place it in the bowl you want to melt it in and double it. That is the exact amount of wax needed to fill your container.
PRO TIP: Always double the wax because your container will be half empty if you don’t.
STEP 2: MELT THE WAX
Pour your wax into the double boiler and keep it there for at least 10–15 minutes for the wax to get the perfect texture.
PRO TIP: Keep stirring your wax occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the container.
STEP 3: ATTACH THE WICK
Before you pour the wax into your container, make sure the wick of the candle is secure. Simply dip the wick into the melted wax and fasten it to the bottom of the container so that it hardens and the wick is superglued to the container in under 5 minutes.
PRO TIP: Avoid securing your wick with your bare hands because you may burn them.
STEP 4: ADD ESSENTIAL OILS
After 10–15 minutes, when your wax has melted, add the essential oils or fragrance of your choice to the wax. Look for the instructions in the wax packet to determine how much to add. Adding fragrance is still an option, but it will be beneficial because it will emit a pleasant aroma every time you light your candle. So, add the oils and stir the wax for a few seconds, as directed on the package.
PRO TIP: Do not use too many essential oils; they may ruin the aroma of the candle, and you may not be able to stand the smell afterwards.
STEP 5: TIME TO POUR THE WAX
So, once you’ve melted your wax and added your fragrance, set it aside for a few minutes before measuring the temperature with a thermometer; once it reads 140 degrees, you can pour the wax. So, while pouring out the wax, carefully hold onto the wick so it doesn’t drown. Pull away from the wick. Keep a small amount of the wax in the bowl for later use.
PRO TIP: Keep a cloth on the side so that you can use it when pouring the wax from the bowl and don’t drop the bowl because it’s too hot!
STEP 6: SECURE YOUR WICK
Now is the time to put those two chopsticks to good use. You should secure the wick with those two chopsticks after pouring the wax into the container. Simply sandwich the wick between the two chopsticks to secure it until the wax hardens. Allow the wax to harden for 4 hours in the container.
PRO TIP: When securing the wicks with chopsticks, do not apply too much pressure. Because the wax is hot, it is possible that it will escape.
STEP 7: ADD MORE WAX
Remove the chopsticks and set them aside after 4 hours, once your wax has hardened. Simply reheat the leftover wax in the bowl and carefully place it in the container to harden.
STEP 8: CUT OUT THE WICK
Your candle wick should not be more than half an inch long because when you light the candle, it should not flicker or have a tall flame, so trim it.
That’s it, folks. It really is that easy to make a candle. Just 8 easy steps and you have yourself a beautiful scented candle. But if you’re more interested in DIY projects or want to make candles more professionally, join the Professional Candle Making Masterclass by Pankhuri. I’m sure you will not be disappointed. So try this out and let me know in the comments.
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