Well, it's officially holiday season, I suppose. I've been hearing Christmas music in stores and such for a while now and Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet. It's crazy! But, if you're thinking about making some homemade gifts this season, you should consider making candles. It's easy and it's pretty fun to create your own fragrance. And you can name the candles after your friends, or whoever you are gifting them to. There are a variety of ways to create your own candles and while doing this tutorial, I tried a few different ways. So I put together this DIY candle guide.
Making candles is pretty easy, all you need is a container, a wick, some wax and something to scent the candle with. If you are using an old scented candle for your wax, you don't even have to add another scent element. If you are using old candles or tea lights, make sure to remove the wicks and any metal pieces.
Here are the instructions:
1. Glue the wick down to the bottom center of your container. Use hot glue.
2. Melt your wax in a microwave safe container. I eventually figured out that it's easiest to melt it in a measuring glass for easy pouring. Just leave it in the microwave until it's completely melted. The amount of wax you use will change depending on your container.
3. Let the wax cool for a couple minutes and then add your scent. You can use Scentsy wax, liquid scent, or a combination of both. Read the instructions on your liquid scent to know how much you should use. Mix it in.
4. Let it cool for a few more minutes and then pour the wax mixture into your container.
5. Let it cool completely. Sometimes air bubbles rise to the top and there are holes in your candle. If that happens, just re-melt your left over wax mixture and pour a little over the candle to fill in the holes.
6. Trim the wick.
Then all you need to do is come up with some creative names! What gifts are you going to be DIYing this year?