I love using candles throughout our home, not only to relax but for scent. They say memories triggered by scent often tend to be stronger, which was something I wanted to do for our wedding day. By having an abundance of scented candles throughout the venue. When it comes to a creative DIY project, Hobbycraft has always been my ‘go to’ place, therefore, I’ve loved having the opportunity to work in partnership with Hobbycraft.
If you love to take the time to unwind with something a little creative, I would highly recommend taking on this little project; which I found actually very simple and therapeutic. It is perfect for those doing a DIY wedding, or like us, making certain elements to personalise your day. Or of course, if you just love candles around your home too.
AD – This blog post is a paid partnership with Hobbycraft, but as always all views are honest and my own.
– 6 SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKE CANDLES –
Step 1: Melting the wax
As I had a number of various sized containers to fill, I didn’t measure but poured the ready cut wax flakes into my melting container (the rule is the amount of liquid you require will need double the volume of flakes. This is trial and error I found. I just continued to stir the flakes until the wax become liquidised.
Optional: I then added my fragrance oil into the melted wax, how much will depend on the amount of wax, but the instructions on the label specify the amount of fragrance oil needed per KG and it can be worked out from there. As a flammable substance, be sure to use the correct amount.
Step 2: Centralising the Wick
I used the Pre-Waxed Wick Assemblies for Soy Wax, both for ease and speed. In order to keep the wicks central within the container, I cut up wooden sticks to ensure the wick stayed centralised and prevented the wick from moving.
Tip: Dip the bottom of the pre-waxed wick assembly into the wax, place in the jar and then leave it to harden for a minute. This will help keep the wick attached to the vase and central whilst pouring the wax.
Step 3: Pouring the wax
The pot I used to melt the wax flakes had an easy pour, then all that was required was to pour from the melting pot into each container.
Tip: Don’t fill the wax to the top, often these can crack or gaps will appear and these will require a top up.
Step 4: Drying time
As the candles begin to set, they will change colour. I left these on the kitchen island at room temperature to set.
Step 5: Additional Wax
Some of my candles had slight cracks or gaps, in these instances, all that was required was to top up with more wax
Step 6: Cutting the wick.
Once these were all done and set, all that was needed then was to cut the wick.
– WHAT YOU WILL NEED –
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– PICTORIAL HOW TO GUIDE –
Slightly trim any extremely long wicks (ensure these are taller than container still)
Pour wax flakes into melting pot (once melted add fragrance oil, if you’re scenting your candles)
Dip the Pre-Waxed Wick Assemblies into the melted wax, this will assist in keeping the wicks in place
Centralise the wicks with wooden sticks. Alternatively, I have also seen pegs used
Pour wax over half way (allow enough room for a top up – in case cracks or gaps appear)
Once candles hardened, candle wicks can be trimmed (wick should be less than half an inch)