DIY: Festive Candles

As we get into the cold, grey winter months, shelves are starting to explode with a slightly overwhelming cacosmia of candles, diffusion rods, and incense. Honestly, I love a good candle. I find the atmosphere of the flickering light rather cosy and safe, as well as kicking off the festive season with the smell of gingerbread and musk. However, candles can cost anywhere from £2-£25 depending on their size and quality, which normally stops them from being an impulse item (for me anyway). You are literally just burning money.

Instead, inspired by  Joselyn Hughes DIY DAMMIT videos, I mostly make my own candles.  It works out to be cheaper, less wasteful, and you can experiment t0 discover your own unique signature scent.

 

Difficulty rating: 1.5 out of 5 (the .5 because it involves fire)
Cost: £
Impressiveness: I’m pretty pleased with myself tbh.


Ingredients:

Wax
(Soy is a higher quality, and burns at a slower rate).
On Amazon, you can find a kilo bag of soy wax for under £10

Soy wicks
(again, I went to amazon)

A container.
(Glass if you’re fancy, a tin if you’re trendy).

A skewer / stick

Essential oil or fragrance oil**

**Not essential



Directions:

  1. Glue down the wick to the inside of your container and then wrap the top of the wick around the skewer until the skewer is resting on top.
  2. Melt the wax (the amount depends on the size of your container). I used a bain-marie over the hob to control the wax and make sure it doesn’t catch a light (which is a possibility if you use the microwave).
  3. Add a couple drops of your fragrance.
  4. Carefully pour the liquid into the container and pop in the freezer (or fridge if you want to wait all day).
  5. BOOM, YOU HAVE A CANDLE! 
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This is an autumn candle with cinnamon and red apple fragrance,  with a cinnamon stick and a star anise in the candle itself so it would look cute.

 


So there you go, a fully sized candle for under £20, which is about average for a large Yankee candle. Which means that the other 40+ candles you can make with your ingredients are basically free. Plus, you can give them away as presents (hint hint everyone I know), which will either make you look like a creative and thoughtful friend, or like someone who has just learnt how to make a candle…

SIDENOTE: Now you have the wicks, you can reuse the left over wax from any burnt out candles by melting them down and pouring it back into the container with a new wick. This is especially helpful if you tend to stick to similar scents.


 

Did you guys like this DIY festive craft? And are there other things you buy every Christmas and you wish you could make it yourself? Let me know in the comments, I endeavour to respond to everyone asap!

 

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