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I always thought that making homemade candles was difficult. Until I figured out that a DIY hand poured soy candle is so simple to make!
Seriously, these candles are easy. Yet they look really expensive!
You can customize whatever scent works for you. That’s the beauty of using essential oils. We chose a fresh citrus scent to wake you up and add cheerfulness!
These hand poured candles make excellent gifts!
Helpful Hint: I HIGHLY suggest getting this beginner candle wick set if you’re just starting. It comes with pre-waxed wicks, centering devices and wick stickers. All you need to do is pour the melted wax with this inexpensive starter kit and you’ve got beautiful candles!
You might also like some of my other DIY candles:
- DIY Scented Firestarter Candles
- Firestarter Pinecones
- Snowglobe Candle Pedestal
- DIY Decorative Hurricane Lamp
- Farmhouse Candle Holder Made from Game Pieces
DIY Hand Poured Soy Candle
- 10 oz glass candle jar, clean and dry
- 2 1/2 cups soy wax flakes = 1 1/4 cup melted soy wax
- 30 drops Lemon essential oil
- 30 drops Orange essential oil
- Candle wick, pre-waxed and pre-tabbed with double sided tape
- Wooden dowel (this isn’t necessary if you buy this candle wick pack)
- Large pot to use as double boiler
- Large glass heat-proof mixing bowl (or heat proof pitcher)
- Mixing spoon
- Oven mitts
Using a double boiler or microwave, slowly melt the soy wax until melted. Mix the melting flakes occasionally until it forms a liquid.
Remove from heat.
In the meantime, prepare the candle jar. Stick the wick tab at the bottom center of the jar using a piece of double sided tape. A dab of clear, hot glue from a glue gun will also work.
Wrap the long end of the wick around a wooden dowel and rest the dowel across the top of the jar. This will keep the wick centered in your jar as you pour the wax.
Add the orange and lemon essential oils to the melted wax and stir.
Slowly pour the wax into the jar leaving some empty space at the top. Be very careful because it is hot!
Leave the wax to dry completely, at least 24 hours.
If the surface of the candle is uneven, melt a small amount of the leftover wax and pour onto the surface of the candle. Let this dry completely.
Once the wax has set, cut the excess wick ½” from the top of the candle.
We wrapped some baker’s twine and dried orange slices around the glass jar since we used citrus essential oils. (Here’s an easy way to dehydrate oranges in an oven or dehydrator.)
You could add a different decoration if you use different essential oils. For instance, tied a stem of lavender if you use lavender essential oils. Or use a sprig of eucalyptus if you use that essential oil.
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