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How To Make Your Own Candles

These homemade candles cost just $5 each! Using natural essential oil for fragrance and toxin-free, plant-based soy wax means that even your gift giving will be clean and sustainable. Try this fun and easy DIY project that we promise anyone can pull off.
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What You'll Need:

(Makes 6)
EQUIPMENT:

  • Glue gun
  • 6 pretabbed, naturally coated cotton wicks
  • 6 8-oz glass jars
  • 6 clothespins
  • Double boiler or 2 different sized pots
  • Pitcher
  • Spatula
  • Scissors

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Ib soy wax flakes (or 1 1/2 qt melted wax)
  • 3 tbsp fragranced essential oil (such as vanilla, lavender, pine or lemon)
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1. Using a glue gun, glue wicks to the bottom center of each jar.

Note: Make sure jars are clean and dry.

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2. Position a clothespin horizontally across each jar to hold wicks in place.

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3. Using a double boiler or 2 different sized pots, melt wax flakes. If you can't fit all wax flakes into pot at once, add flakes gradually.

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4. Once melted, transfer liquid wax to a pitcher. Add 3 tbsp essential oil ( 1 tbsp per Ib of wax flakes) and stir with a spatula until combined and oil is no longer separating.

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5. Carefully pour wax into each jar until it reaches just below top edge; use spatula to get all the wax from the sides of pitcher.

Tip: Don't worry if you spill some, as soy wax scrapes off surfaces easily and can be removed from fabric in the wash.

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6. Once wax has been poured, do not move candles. Allow to set for at least 24 hours.

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7. Once set, trim wicks to 1/4 inch.

Tips and Tricks: Save any leftover wax in the same pitcher. You can melt it again to fill a hole or level off the candles