Nov 16, 2009

From Baby Food...to Cute Candle...in about 30 mins!

So as promised I share with you today, my very first tutorial.....one in the spirit of upcycling.  Prior to our move, I made my own baby food.  Which was very rewarding and very cosst effective.  I reccommend it anyone who is interested, and maybe I will post my methods later.  However, after the move, we have been using jarred baby food, and little bit does not seem to mine, but I just couldn't throw all of these tiny glass jar in the garbage!  And, since our new community doesn't recycle, I am recycling them withing the home.

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!

Step one:
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


Okay, the first step will be to get your double boiler ready.  For this you will take your larger pan, and fill it with a couple inches of water.  Next, placce the EMPTY smaller pan inside the other.




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:

Place wicking in base, and bend small amount of wick underneath.
Then put a small bead of hot glue on the bottom of the base.
And, press the base into the wick base into the glass container.

By now all of your wax should be melted, use your candy thermometer to check the temperature, once it has reached 150 degrees F, add your fragrance.  I used approximately .5oz. for 1 lb of wax, more will make a stronger scent, less will be weaker, you will have to experiement to your taste.
Make sure it is well blended, then you can take your wax off the heat and get your funnel ready.



Now, pour your melted wax into the containers, next clip your wick with a clothes pin and make sure the wick is centered and balanced. Like so......



And FINALLY, you did it!! You made your own candle!  Allow them to cool, it takes about 2 hours total...while you are waiting you can think of how you are going to decorate them :)

Also, trim the wick to 1/2 inch.

2 comments:

  1. that's an awesome idea!
    thanks!!

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  2. you are very welcome! and it is super easy! If you need any info, I would be happy to help! Thanks so much for fllowing my blog, it inspires me to post :)

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