I have to admit, I’m much more of a Spring and Summer kind of girl – I love the early mornings, long days, balmy evenings and sitting on my deck with a glass of wine after work. However once the cold comes and the leaves have fallen, there are two things I love about this time of year: Christmas and being able to light loads of candles to give my home a cosy glow!

However, buying candles in containers can get expensive and I seem to go through them rather quickly! So instead of buying candles which can sometimes contain a lot of unnatural chemicals, I like to make my own. It’s much cheaper and you can play around with essential oils to create your very own unique fragrances.

For today’s craft, I’ve just used some simple containers I already had. And that’s part of the beauty of creating your own candles – you can use whatever vessels you have available – so whether that’s re-using a candle container you already have (just use a bain marie to melt any remaining wax and use a paper towel to clean it out), using vintage teacups (which also make great gifts!) or doing as I did, using votive containers – you can create a look that works well with your own interiors.

For my own, I created a table centerpiece that would be perfect for Christmas dinner – simply wind a battery-operated string of fairylights through your candles and surround by glittery pinecones and baubles.

I would also recommend using soy wax for your candles – it gives a nice clean burn and the candles last longer! So if you’d like to know how to make your own, read on!

 

here's what you'll need...

  • Soy Wax chips (I got mine from Amazon but you can get them at any hobby or craft store)
  • Candle Wicks
  • Essential oils (I used Frankincense and Orange for one and Pine and Lemongrass for the others for a Christmassy scent)
  • Glass or Ceramic candle holders
  • Glue dots (optional)

DIY Candle materials

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    To measure the volume of soy wax chips to fill your votive, simply fill your container to the desired level you would like your candle and then double it. The wax will melt to approximately half the volume.

    Using a bain marie, melt your wax in a glass container on low heat until all the chips are completely melted. Once melted, remove from the heat and let cool for about 2 minutes.

    DIY Candles Steps 1 through 4

  • 2

    Apply a glue dot to the bottom of your candle wick and press into the center of the bottom of your vessel. You can also tie a knot in the bottom of your candle wick if they don’t come with the metal base and set at the bottom but I find the metal bases a little easier to work with.

    Add your essential oils to the wax (about 100 drops or 50/50 if you are combining oils) and mix well.

    DIY Candles Steps 5 through 8

  • 3

    Carefully pour the liquefied wax into your candle holder. The wick may bend slightly so to stablise it in the center of the candle, I used fragrance diffuser sticks but you can use pencils, a spoon or anything you have handy to keep the wick centered while the candle cools.

    Wait approximately one hour for the wax to harden and then trim your wicks to around 1/2″.

    DIY Candles Steps 9 through 12

  • 4

    I normally allow 24 hours before using my candles to ensure the wax is completely hardened before lighting them.

    DIY Christmas Candles Post 3

    These make really lovely stocking stuffers or can be used as part of your Christmas decor – or anytime of year really! What fragrances will you be using? Do you make your own candles? I’d love to hear from you!

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By Kimberly Duran on 25.11.14

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