I am a huge candle lover in the fall. The warmth and light and amazing scents always get me excited for cozying up during this season of the year, and because I love making things at home, I've always wanted to try making my own candles. Candle making can be very daunting, especially since there are so many tools and ingredients that you can buy, making it easy to be a very expensive craft project. I decided to give it a go quite a few months ago, and I ended up making an easy and cheap long-burning candle recipe that smells however you want, and works just as well as store-bought candles do! Enjoy :)
All you need to make these candles are:
- Crisco vegetable shortening
- Jars, or maybe even teacups to make the candles in. I used little baby food jars!
- Candle wicks in a size that's right for your jars. I used tealight wicks because my jars were tiny.
- Scent! I got some baked apple candle scent from Michaels for under $10, but you can also use scented wax melts if you want to have more options at a cheaper price.
- Hot glue gun
- Tape (sloth tape or wash are perfect choices!)
1. Secure the base of the wick to the bottom of your jar. Carefully add a dab of hot glue to the bottom of the silver base, and press it down to the bottom centre of the jar. Be sure to not get any hot glue on your hands, or to separate the base from the actual wick.
2. Put 2 pieces of tape over the top of the jar, one on either side of the wick, to hold it upright.
3. In a microwave-safe container that you don't use for food, melt a bunch of shortening to liquid. If you are using scented wax melts or solid wax colour, melt them along with the shortening.
4. If using liquid scent like I did, add it in to the melted shortening. Add in increments of 5 drops at a time... but you'll probably need more than you think if you want the candles to give off a nice scent when burning. It's a bit of a trial and error process!
5. Stir this mixture well to distribute the scent.
6. Carefully pour the mixture into the jar, being sure to keep the wick as straight up and down as possible. This will be easy because the melted mixture is clear, but don't worry—it'll dry opaque!
7. Let the candles set, or put them in the fridge to speed up the process to under an hour if you're inpatient like me!
8. This is important... once the candle is solid, trim the wick so that it is less than a centimetre long, but still long enough to light. This will avoid burning the mouth of the jar and making it turn black later on!
And there you have it! A simple and affordable DIY for amazing scented candles! Once you've got it figured out, it's so fun to experiment with different scents and jars, and they make perfect gifts.
Let me know if you make them, or if you've made candles before!