First, tiny jar candles! It is super easy and they are very cute, not only do they smell good, but they are small enough to add to a gift or give to a teacher, guidance counselor, or baby sitter, all without breaking the bank!
Gather your supplies. You can order them online in many different ways. There are wholesalers or some privately owned retailers. I chose to support my fellow crafter, and purchased mine in a kit off of Etsy. Just search candle making kit.
- Candle wax (I chose soy wax as it is environmently friendly, burns nicely, and is dummy proof :))
- Wicking and wick Bases
- Containers to use (these would be the baby food jars
- Hot glue gun, and hot glue sticks,
- Candle fragrance of your choice (essential oils work too)
- A double boiler (Or in my case I simply used a pot that sits inside another)
- A Candy thermometer (they cost approx. $3)
- You may also choose to use dye, however, I did not, and will not be showing that part in this tute!
- Clothes pins
- A spoon
Next, you will measure out your wax that you will be using. This is just going to be something you have to experiment with, but I used approximately 1 lb. of wax and yeilded 7 (2.5 oz) candles.
Here is a photo of me pouring the wax shavings into the empty smaller pot, that is nested ontop the water filled larger pot. Once you have placed your wax shavings in, turn on the heat to around a mid high setting.
The next step is to ready your wicking. In my purchased kit, I had to take the cotton wicking and dip it in the wax to "cure" it. If your wicks are already wax coated, just skip this step.
Cut the wick to approximately 1 inch taller than your container....now....I was nervous, and cut mine a little larger than that...and now I am sorry because I used way to much wick per candle and could have yeilded about 3 more candles had I just followed the original directions...whoops! Lesson Learned.
Now, your wax should be melting, stir it...remember, you can use any spoon, I used a rubber scraper, it is okay because these are natural ingredients, and they was off easily, especially in the dishwasher :)
Now, dip your cotton wicking into the melted wax. I found that using an old pair of tweezers for this worked best! It just takes a minute, and the pull it out and place it on some newspaper to dry.
Step one million... no it really is not that hard!
Once your wicks are dry, place them in the wick "holders" that is so not the technical word for them, but you know what I am talking about right??? These: