There’s nothing so relaxing than having some candles on while watching a film or having a bath.
My living room, bedroom and bathroom all have candles in, and if I’m stressed out or just want a night to myself then these will all be lit! They’re a mixture of lavender for my bedroom and bathroom, and vanilla in my living room – mmmm!!
The other day, while browsing through good ol’ Pinterest – I realised that making candles is a.) cost effective and b.) REALLY simple to do. So… why not give it a go?
What did I need?
- Small mason jar
- Wax crayons
- Wax melts
- Kebab sticks
- Tea cup (or something to mix it with if you’re microwaving it!)
- Sillicon cupcake cases
- My kitchen
This handy chart shows what you need for the basics of making candles – click on the image to see 30 different ways of making candles if you don’t want to use crayons (and they’re all so lovely!)
What did I need to do?
1.) Mix and Match
Firstly, I organised the colour of the wax crayons and the wax melt to go together – as well as the colour, the wax melt also provides a lovely scent to the candle!
2.) Melt the wax
I tried two different methods out – the first attempt was with the microwave but it took SO long, that I dashed out to the shops and got some emergency cupcake cases (silicon ones) and they worked a lot better in the oven than the microwave.
- Microwave – 3 mins at highest setting and keep stirring until all smooth
- Oven – 10 mins at 150c until all melted
3.) Making the wick stay in place
Some pins say about using hot glue to stick the wick to the bottom but unfortunately I don’t have that (add to Amazon basket!) – however, I learnt a little trick that rather than pouring all the wax in, I add a little bit in the bottom of the jar first, let it dry and then pour the rest back in. To hold the wick in the middle until it all dried, I had two kebab sticks hold it in the middle!
And here they are!