Candle-making is a widespread hobby that gives crafters the option to make festive gifts and home accents with ease. When you know how to make candles, you can create aromatic and decorative touches for any occasion. For example, homemade candles can include a variety of Christmas-themed touches that complement the holiday cheer. Making your own Christmas candles isn't a difficult endeavour, but it's a creative one with plenty of leeway for customisation.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 1 cup soy wax
- 1/8 cup stearic acid
- 2 qt. glass bowl
- Candle wick glue dots
- 8-inch anchored wick
- 227gr. candle jar
- Disposable stirring wand
- 29.6ml. essential or fragrant oil
- 3.54gr. colourant
Add the soy wax and stearic acid to the glass mixing bowl. You can obtain these items, as well as any others in candle-making, from a craft and hobby supply shop or online. The stearic acid serves as a hardener, which extends the burn-life of your candles.
Microwave the bowl on high until the materials melt into a thin, clear liquid. This can take anywhere from one to three minutes, depending on how powerful your appliance is.
Place a wick glue dot on the underside of the wick's anchor. These dots keep wicks from moving out of place. Anchor the wick to the bottom centre of the candle jar.
Stir in your essential or fragrant oil, if you want to make this a scented Christmas candle. Holiday-inspired scents include gingerbread, cinnamon-apple, pine and sugarplum.
Stir in your colourant. Candle colourants vary immensely and Christmas colours you can choose from include red, green, silver and gold.
Pour the melted, coloured wax into the candle jar. If the wick is anchored properly it shouldn't move at all. Fill the jar until the wax is nearly level with the top of the jar. To avoid a spill, do not move it after you do this.
Let the candle sit undisturbed for six hours. During this time, the wax will harden and shrink, lowering the candle's level in the jar. Snip the wick until only 1 inch protrudes from the candle.
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