Make Easy Soy Wax Candles | diy personalized candle holders #michaelsmakers
Candles are one of my most favorite decorating accessories. They are such an easy way to personalize your space – from the stylish containers to the amazing scents. And lets not forget the dramatic impact of being surrounded by the warm, cozy ambiance.
I keep a candle in almost every room of my home.
Making your own candles is such a rewarding process – especially when you get to create your own scent and container combinations. It has been a couple of years since I have pulled out my own candle making supplies. To be honest, I really did not even have to, using the simple four-step tutorial below.
There are just a few supplies needed to Make Easy Soy Wax Candles.
They are much easier than you would even think.
Soy Wax Flakes are used for this tutorial – which can be melted right in your kitchen microwave. A candle thermometer (or even a candy thermometer) is fanciest ‘equipment’ you will need.
There are many benefits to using soy wax. It burns much longer than paraffin and cleaner,
with very little soot
For the containers I dressed up a couple of plain 3 inch square glass holders with acrylic letters from Michaels. I love the simplistic look of the acrylic against the glass.
The acrylic letters remind me of some of the lucite decor items trending in home decor right now –
like these Lucite Letters.
The acrylic letters are part of the new Make Market Alphabet Soup line at Michaels.
I used the smaller 4 inch letters for the candle holders, which are sold in-store.
They also carry larger 7-inch acrylic letters.
The 3 inch square glass containers were found in-store as well, in the vase section.
Elmer’s ProBond Advanced was used to adhere the letter to the glass. This particular glue works well on smooth surfaces and dries clear.
How to Make Easy Soy Wax Candles
Candle Wicks & Clips
Soy Wax Candle Flakes
Fragrance Oil, formulated for candle making (optional)
Wooden Craft Sticks
Step One: Prepare the candle cups and set the wicks.
If using glass clean and comepletly dry the containers.
Choose the appropriate wick type and size for your containers. Candle wicks are determined by the type of wax you are using and the diameter of your container – measured at the widest width. If using pre-packaged wicks with clips, this information should be noted on the packaging.
Use a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the wick clip and set the wick in the center of the container.
Step Two: Measure out the soy wax flakes. The flakes melt in half, so you will need double the container size for the correct amount of wax.
Our soy wax flakes were purchased in-store at Michaels. These are made by ArtMinds and run $8.99 for a one pound box. If you are looking to make a larger quantity of candles, or are not located near a store, this 10 pound bag online is a good value.
Note: If you are unsure of the container size, fill the container with water and pour it into a measuring cup to calculate the wax needed. A one cup candle container will need two cups of wax.
Place the wax flakes into a microwaveable container and microwave for approximately 4 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on the container as it heats and remove it from the microwave as soon as all of the wax flakes are melted.
The melting time may vary and depends on the microwave you are using. To prevent overheating, it is important to keep an eye on the wax as it melts and remove the container from the microwave as soon as all of the wax flakes have liquified.
Step Three: Add Fragrance (optional).
Fragrance should be added to the melted wax when the wax reaches 185°F. As a general guideline use 1 ounce of fragrance for 1 pound of wax.
After adding the fragrance stir the wax for 2 full minutes. We simply used a jumbo wooden craft stick for stirring.
Step Four: Pour wax and set wick.
Once the wax cools to a temperature of 120°F it is ready to pour into the containers.
To help keep the wick straight and centered we used two wooden craft sticks and some washi tape – as shown above.
Let the candles cool at room temperature overnight. Trim the wick to a 1/4 inch.
For maximum scent throw, let the candles completely cure for 1-2 week prior to burning.
These already smell so good just sitting around.
What scent would you use for your own custom candles?
This post is brought to you by Michaels . The opinions read here are entirely my own. The best part about crafting is putting your own spin on a project. Whether it’s decorating with marquee lights or crafting an initial that represents your family name, Michaels has made it easy with their new Alphabet Soup by Make Market™ line of products. This collection of surfaces, letters, frames and more come in modern, eclectic or rustic styles. From natural and finished woods, to a variety of metals, resin and patterned styles, the possibilities are endless. If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String to see how they personalized their crafts! Happy Crafting!