Candle making is a new craft I’ve picked up in the past year or so. It’s been a fun, but very trial and error process as is the case when learning any new skill. But after a few tries I think I’ve finally got the hang of it! I’m also lucky to work for a local company that makes candles, so I have a great resource for all my questions about the process.
I treated myself to a heart-shape silicone mold this month (since it’s February and the theme of our DIY Challenge). Inspired by this photo by Beauty Spot, I decided to try making my own heart soy candles. I scented them with a blend of essential oils meant to balance the heart chakra.
• Tin can (or double boiler)
• Popsicle stick
• Clothes pins
To start you want to prep your wick with metal tabs (alternatively you could also use pre-tabbed wicks). Cut your wick to size and insert it through the metal tab with the end of of the wick lining up to the bottom of the tab. Use pliers to pinch the metal tab tightly around the wick.
Next place a glue dot onto the bottom of the wick tab, then place it into the center of the heart mold.
Use a double boiler or make one by placing a tin can into a saucepan filled with water. Over medium heat, pour wax flakes into the tin can one cup at a time. Use a popsicle stick to stir the wax. Once melted completely, add in about 20 drops of essential oils. I used 8 drops lavender, 8 drops ylang ylang, 4 drops rose geranium.
Carefully pour the melted wax into the molds and use a clothespin to hold the wick in place. Let dry for about 1 hour or until completely hard.
Trim the wicks with scissors, then carefully remove the candles from the silicone mold.
On Saturday we had friends over for dinner and I displayed two of my candles in small bowls at the dinner table for decoration. I’m so happy these turned out perfectly and can’t wait to make more to give as gifts!