There’s something so relaxing about burning a candle. Whether you’re chilling out watching some feel-good TV or in the bath, the flicker of a flame and beautiful scent can instantly lift your mood. Sure, you can buy a candle in the shops—but creating you very own personalised version is even better. Making something yourself is so satisfying, plus you can customise everything from the jar and scent to the label. This would make a great thoughtful gift for a friend or a lovely pick-me-up from you to your.
Click through below to find out the 10 easy steps to follow.
Wax pellets (makes eight large or 12 small candles), £8
Pre-waxed wicks (pack of nine), £3
Pan, bowl, kettle, scales, measuring jug, clothes peg, and spoon
Optional: Wax dye, £5
Optional: Sticky-back A4 paper, £2
For one 190-millilitre candle, add 80 grams of wax pellets to a glass bowl.
Boil a kettle of water, and pour into your pan until it’s half full. Place the glass bowl on top of the pan over a medium heated hob.
Wax melts at around 55 degrees, which takes around five to 10 minutes.
Add 10 drops (or less, if desired) of fragrance oil to the melting wax. If desired, add two to three shards of coloured wax dye.
Take a prewaxed wick, and dip it into the melted wax in your pan.
Quickly place this firmly in the centre of your glass jar.
Thread the top of the wick through the hole in your peg. Balance this on the jar to keep the wick in position.
Once your wax has melted, transfer into a measuring jug for easy pouring into the jar.
Pour around the wick carefully, and leave to set for at least four hours (preferably overnight).
The wax will turn from clear to solid once completely set.
If you want to add a label, you can download our template here. Save and print onto your sticky-back paper.
Once printed, cut out with scissors to fit your jar. Peel off the back, and press down firmly.
All done. Enjoy!
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