Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you have all had a peaceful and festive day. I’ve been busy helping my Mum out and planning for tomorrow and also decided to re-watch Lord of the Rings so it’s been quite a long day!
For my next DIY post, I’ll be writing about how I made Christmassy candles! This is definitely the most extravagant thing I’ve ever made which probably ain’t saying much, but it’s true! I ended up making four different batches of candles to give to people this Christmas since I had four different festive scents to use.
This took quite a lot of planning and researching for me as I really had no clue how to go about making candles. So, after watching a few videos on YouTube, I decided on the ingredients I needed and got myself over to Hobbycraft and Wilkos. I went for:
- 1kg of soya wax
- 6 candle moulds
- A pack of 10 medium wicks
- Christmas scents – warm gingerbread, mulled wine, Christmas spice, Santa’s cookies
- Meat thermometer
- Small saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Christmas dye – red, green, gold
Instead of buying sticks to keep the wick in place, I asked my Dad (hi Dad!) to save some of the lollipop sticks from the lollies he eats and, after using a corkscrew to put holes in the middle, used these for my candles. They ended up working out perfectly and did their job of keeping the wicks in place.
After gathering everything and reading up on the best candle-making method, I tested out my first batch of candles. Seeing as I had 4 different scents, I figured I would have 4 different attempts at making the perfect candle.
1. So, to begin with, I measured the soya wax using some scales. I used the candle moulds to figure out how much wax I would need. I then doubled the amount and popped the wax into a saucepan on top of another saucepan filled with 1 inch of water.
2. Whilst the wax was melting, I got the moulds ready by making sure the wicks were lined up in the middle and kept in place with a lollipop stick.
3. After the wax had melted and gotten to 80°C, I then put in the scent – for the first batch I used Christmas spice – and mixed the scent in for a couple of minutes.
4. I then took the wax off the heat and let it cool to 50°C, before pouring it into each of the moulds equally.
5. After letting them set for 4 hours, I was able to remove the lollipop sticks and squeeze them out of the moulds.
6. I then used my stencil alphabet that I’d used for my hamper to draw on the first initial of the people I was planning on giving candles to and coloured it in with paint or glitter pens.
My first batch turned out pretty good, but my Dad wanted a red candle for his so for the next batch I got some dye and used that. I was even more proud of them after that – the next two batches looked like proper candles!
I’ve only given out two candles to friends so far and they really liked them so I’d say this whole endeavour was a success! I’ve kept a few aside for myself and have already started burning the mulled wine one and it’s really strong which is great. I definitely plan on doing more of these throughout the year, trying out different scents. I was surprised by how quick and easy candles are to make and would definitely encourage others to have a go if they fancy. It’s a great little stocking filler to give to your loved ones.
So that’s it for me until after Christmas. I hope everyone who celebrates has a magical Christmas and if you don’t, I hope you have a lovely day! Happy holidays everyone!!