DIY Soy Candles
DIY Soy Candles
PLEASE NOTE: Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.
Does every craft project you put your hands to become a prospective business? Me too! A year ago DIY Soy Candles was my obsession. I've always loved candlelight and we eat dinner with candles every night as a family. Oh did I have fun dreaming up names, fragrance blends and unique candle holders like espresso cups, egg shells and ceramic baby booties. Do you see where this is going? But you know what? Having a dozen soy candles on hand at any given time is a lifesaver for hostess gifts, adding fragrance to a room, creating ambiance and let's not forget teacher gifts! Soy candles are better for your own and greater environment as they don't shoot soot like traditional candles and have a longer burn life than other candles made from animal products. Sounds great! And if you're up for a little glass bottle recycling, soy candles are 100% delightful when set in an old jam jar or mason jar.
Here's what you'll need for DIY Soy Candles:
- Few glass jars and vessels to hold your candles. I use old jelly jars and small sized mason jars like 4oz. quilted mason jars with cute texture.
- Soy wax flakes available at your craft store too.
- Glass mixing bowl
- Stovetop pot for double boiling
- Wooden spoon
- Candy thermometer, I have this one in the link at left.
- Wick, these should be sized to the container you're using. I use medium size for versatility.
- Pencil or chopstick
- Candle putty or craft putty to hold wick to the bottom of the vessel
- Essential oils for natural fragrance.
Here's How to Make Soy Candles
This great video explains soy candle making for beginners
Start by placing your wick in the bottom of your vessel with a little putty to secure it to the bottom. Gently wrap your wick around your pencil or chopstick making sure not to pull it up from the bottom and put a little tape to hold it there. Lay your pencil over the top of your vessel.
Now melt your wax in your double boiler - wax flakes in the glass bowl and saucepan 1/2 full of water - until is melted and can be poured. You can also do this in the microwave with your glass bowl only.
If using fragrance, let the wax cool a bit and add your drops of essential oils.
Gently pour your wax into your vessel leaving 1/2" or so of room at the top.
Let your candle cool overnight and wake up to a new business, or hobby, at least! Enjoy!