Making your own candles is a great way to add style to your home, create a great scent, and provide light when needed. Candle making is an easy process that anyone can do with a few instructions. Try making candles for the first time, and transform your home with your light creations.
Method 1 of 4: Making Container Candles or Candles in Special Containers
Step 1. Choose your wax material
You can buy a variety of wax materials in bulk online including paraffin, beeswax (night), and mosquito repellent or citronella (citronella) oil. If you're interested, there are also a wide variety of scented wax materials available as well. Choose one material that suits your needs, and is enough to make the desired number of candles.
Step 2. Heat your wax material
Use a double team pan to prepare your waxy ingredients as they pour. The heat should be 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit (82-88 degrees Celsius); You can use a thermometer to get the exact temperature. If you wish, you can add a few drops of essential oil at this point.
Step 3. Cut your wick
Take a wick with a metal support or tab (pre-tabbed wick) and stick it in your container. Use enough wick so that the wick is only slightly visible at the top. Tie the end of the wick to a pencil or pen, and place the pencil or pen at the top of the holder, so that the wick remains perpendicular to the receptacle.
Step 4. Heat your container
In order to make a smooth wax without air bubbles during the pouring process, you will first need to heat the container you will be using for your wax. Place in the oven at 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Celsius) for a few minutes to warm the container.
Step 5. Pour in your wax material
Hold the pencil/wick steady over the container, and slowly pour out the melted wax. Avoid shaking or pouring the ingredients too quickly so as not to create air bubbles in the wax. Pour only of the height of the candle you want.
Step 6. Wait and pour again. Wait a few hours until all the wax in your container has cooled
There may be a depression or indentation at the top of the candle. At this point, pour in the remaining wax of the distance remaining to even out the top of your candle.
Step 7. Finish your candle
When the wax material has cooled completely, you can untie the wax from the pencil at the top of your container and trim the length of the wick. Light these candles around your home to add style or add lighting to a decor.
Method 2 of 4: Making Pillar Candles
Step 1. Determine the material of your wax
Pillar candles are the largest of the candles available and as a result, require a large amount of wax. Decide: Do you need a colored wax material? Do you want a scented candle? Do you prefer beeswax (night), citronella, paraffin, or another type of wax material? Decide what you want the wax to be used for before you make your choice.
Step 2. Melt your wax material
Use a double pan to melt your wax material. If you don't have a double pot, use a glass bowl placed over a pot of boiling water, with wax placed in the bowl. Once the wax has reached 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit (82-88 degrees Celsius), it is ready to pour.
Step 3. Prepare your mold
To make pillar candles, you first need to create a mold. The easiest way is to buy wax molds, otherwise the creases (gaps) between the molds may not be tight enough to form a solid structure. You can also choose to tie the mold with a rubber band (very tight!) or use pieces of wood to form a square mold.
Step 4. Add your axes
As a result of their tall shape, pillar candles require a long wick. Add a pre-tabbed wick to your candle, making sure that it touches the bottom of the mold. Tie the remaining wick to a pencil or pen, and lay it flat against the top of your print, to keep the wick from falling into the wax material.
Step 5. Pour in the wax
Start pouring the wax a little higher above the mold, being careful not to pour it too quickly. Save of your wax material, so you can add it later, and improve the shape of the pillars.
Step 6. Wait and pour again
Once your candle has cooled, a hollow will form in the center of the candle. At this time, heat the remaining wax material to pour back into the mold and cover the hollow.
Step 7. Remove your mold
Wait at least 2-4 hours to allow the wax to completely cool and solidify. Untie the wick from your pencil at the top and remove the print from the wax. Cut off the excess wick, both at the top and at the bottom, and enjoy your new pillar candle!
Step 8. Find a clear area and try lighting your candle
Method 3 of 4: Making Rolled Candles from Beeswax (Night)
Step 1. Cut your beeswax sheet
Usually, the beeswax sheets are very large and this will make the wax a bit stiff. Cut the sheet into 4x16 inches (10x40 cm).
Step 2. Set your axes
Place your beeswax flat on the tabletop. Place the wick as close to the edge or end as possible. Leave the wick, at least 1 inch (2.5 cm), hanging over the top, while the bottom of the wick should be tucked into the base of the beeswax.
Step 3. Start rolling
Start rolling from the edge along the axis. Roll the beeswax sheet inward. Try to roll in the same direction to avoid the end of the candle being spiral or uneven. Apply gentle pressure to help the layers of beeswax stick together.
Step 4. Finish your candle
When you get to the end of the beeswax, use your fingers to apply the coating tightly. Roll the wax with your two hands so that the warmth of your skin softens the wax and helps it stay in shape. Place your new candle on top of your favorite candle holder and, voila! You have decorative and useful objects in your home.
Method 4 of 4: Making Candles From Wax Remnants
Step 1. Collect your wax residue
Use leftover wax or your used wax to make this layered candle. You can also use small bits of wax fragments from your other projects, but try to use waxes of the same type together (for example, don't mix citronella with paraffin).
- Choose small remnants of wax that have a similar scent so your wax doesn't create an overly weird perfume mix later.
- Avoid mixing several contrasting colors of wax, otherwise you will create a dull brown or gray color. Stick to waxes of the same color and type.
Step 2. Melt your wax material
Cut the waxy ingredients into small pieces using a butter knife, and place them in a double pan to melt. Wait until the wax temperature has reached approximately 185 degrees Fahrenheit (85 degrees Celsius) before removing it from the heat source.
Step 3. Prepare your container
Place the wick with the metal support in your case, tie the other end of the wick to a pencil or pen, and rest it against the top side of the case. Heat the container to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Celsius) to help reduce the number of air bubbles in your candle.
Step 4. Pour in the wax
Use a cheesecloth (a type of gauze to wrap the cheese) to filter out any wick or metal debris that might be in your recycled wax material. Slowly pour the wax material over the gauze into your container. Avoid pouring directly over the wick, but pour in a steady stream into the bottom of the container. Save of the wax material for later pouring.
Step 5. Wait and pour again
When your wax has completely hardened in the container, reheat the remaining wax to melt. While the wax has hardened, hollows or indentations may form near the rim of the wick. Pour the rest of the wax over the top to fill in these indentations.
Step 6. Finish your candle
Untie the wick on the pen or pencil and trim the length of the axis by cutting it. As soon as the wax has completely hardened, it is ready to use! Enjoy your recycled candles at home, or make them a gift for a friend.
- Do not mix different types of wax materials together when you make candles, as they are slightly different in how they are made and will not produce as good a result as one type of candle.
- Add essential oils to your candles for an extra scent. Try mixing different scents together to create a unique scent in your home.
- Never throw water in boiling (hot) wax. The wax material will react like burning oil or oil and will explode into a deadly fireball
- Make sure you use a candle wick! Other materials (e.g. yarn), will burn quickly, and may cause a fire.
- If you make a mistake in doing the steps above, even a little bit, it might cause a fire. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby the first time you light your new candle, just in case.