DIY: Handcrafted Soy Candles

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I was on a journey to find the perfectly scented candle without paying a fortune in shipping costs when an idea hit me:

Why don`t I just make my own? 

I figured it couldn’t be THAT difficult, and because I’ve been looking for a crafting hobby to keep me occupied over the winter, I thought this would be perfect. I started my research and came to the conclusion it was not only possible for me to make my own candles, but actually pretty easy to do so. So I ordered my supplies: a variety of fragrances, soy wax chips, colorant, and wicks (I opted for wooden wicks because they offer the crackling sound) and waited patiently for my goodies to arrive.

Ta-Da!

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This and about 10 minutes of my time is all it took to make my very first candle. I know.

So using my mason jar, which would become the candle holder, I measured the amount I wanted and doubled it (the wax melts, so you need to double your measurements to ensure it fills up enough).

After doing that, I put the bowl of wax into the microwave for one minutes, took it out and stirred it, and added two drops of my fragrance – Vanilla Sandalwood.

Then I put it back in the microwave and on for another minute – I kept putting it in, in one minute increments until all the wax chunks were melted. Then, using oven mitts, I took the bowl out and poured it into the mason jar. I put the wooden wick in and held it in place for a few minutes (otherwise it tends to slide all over the place because the wax is slippery). Finally, my candle looked like this:

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Then all you have to do is wait for it to set! Which takes about twelve hours. By the time morning rolled around, I was left with this beautiful, homemade soy candle:

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Ignore the label writing – my penmanship isn’t the best. Haha. There you have it! Stay tuned for these beauties as I’ll be offering a variety for sale in the coming weeks 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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