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DIY: Homemade Candles

Amanda Harris

By: Amanda Harris

Candles have been around for over 5,000 years, serving multiple purposes. Their initial use was for light. Then their use was expanded to include religious ceremonies, celebrations and relaxation. Over the centuries, the way candles have been made has changed too. Originally, they were made from animal fat and now they can be made with soy wax flakes. 

Candles always have a purpose in my life. After a long day, all I want is a bubble bath, a book and a room full of candles. The aroma in the room calms my senses, and I become inspired to make tomorrow a better day. 

If the candles in the room are ones I’ve made, then I am even more delighted. Candle making is simple and worth it! Let me help you create a little bit of happiness in these four steps.


What you will need:
Soy Wax Flakes
Scent of choice
Hot Glue Gun
Jar (to put your candle in)
Two Pots (one bigger than the other)
I purchased the soy wax flakes and wicks through Amazon. It was very easy and inexpensive. Everything else came from Joann's Fabric Store.  


Step 1: Take the candle wick and hot glue it to the bottom of the jar. You can use chopsticks to lay across the top of the jar to keep the wick centered, but my jar was too tall for my wick so I used clothes pins. 


Step 2: Take the color crayon you would like your candle to be, remove the paper and break the crayon in half. Then, take the bigger pot and fill it half way with water. Place the smaller pot inside. 


Step 3: It’s time to melt the wax. Put the wax in the smaller pot. Keep the burner on low and continue stirring until all the wax has melted. Now, add your scent of choice (I just added some vanilla extract) and add the crayon


Step 4: Now, carefully pour the wax into the jar. The candle will take at least ten minutes to dry, depending on the size of your jar. 


Your candle is now finished. Sit back and enjoy the lovely aroma about to consume your room!