Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DIY Candles

It seems like it's been forever since I've posted about a project. Thankfully, my friend Adrienne got me back on the DIY bandwagon with a fun project--candles!

Adrienne had all the supplies: wax, wicks, scents and even votives. From start to finish, not including curing time, making my candle only took around 20 minutes. It's incredibly simple but so satisfying.

Making a candle is pretty simple. First, you heat wax (we used soy), stirring frequently until the temperature reaches about 170F. Adrienne made a double-boiler with a special pot for the wax and a regular pot underneath. You can also use microwavable wax, which can be found at Michael's.

Once the wax is at temperature, then pour in your oils, using either essential oils or the pre-made candle scent. Take the wax off the stove and continue to stir occasionally until the wax reaches around 130F. Pour the candle wax into a jar that has a wick glued into the bottom, and let it harden for at least 6 hours, or overnight before trimming the wick and burning it.

I chose the Vanilla Hazelnut scent. It's pretty strong, which is nice because it makes the room smell good even when the candle isn't burning.

Big thanks to Adrienne for putting this project together!

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