Hello everyone and welcome to the first DIY on The DIY Diary!
Today I am going to walk you through the steps to making your own soy candles. The benefits to soy candles is it is a very clean burning wax and is very easy to clean up - which is a huge benefit when you are a DIY-er. I will list the prices for each item at the end of the post as well. So let's get started.
What You'll Need:
• Soy Wax Flakes
• Soy Wick
• Essential Oil (optional)
• Glue Gun (optional)
•Pencils or Popsicle Sticks
For Double Boiler:
• 4-cup Measuring Cup
1. Fill your saucepan with 2" of water to prepare your double boiler. Place the measuring cup inside the saucepan. Make sure the cup does not touch the bottom of the saucepan - this is a key step in creating your double boiler.
2. Begin to heat your double boiler. Start on a high temperature and when the water begins to boil, lower the temperature to low-mid.
3. (Optional Step) While you are waiting for your boiler to heat up take your glue gun and glue your wick to the centre of your jar. This will help it stay in place when you are pouring your hot wax in.
4. Once your double boiler is heated pour your wax flakes in. I did four cups of wax which created 4 candles. The jars I used are roughly about a half a cup- to give you a rough idea to how much wax you will need for your own candles.
5. (Optional Step) Once your wax is completely melted, remove the measuring cup and place it on either a cork mat or a towel and add your essential oils. Add roughly 50-100 drops or until you like the smell.
6. Grab your jars and pour your melted wax into them, leaving about ½" from the top. It's natural for your wick to fall slightly. Do one candle at a time and grab your pencils or popsicle sticks to secure the wick.
**tip: Popsicle sticks with a hole drilled for the wick will work better than two of them standing side by side.
7. Leave your candles for 1-2 hours or until the wax is completely cooled. Make sure it is completely cooled before touching the candle. You can ruin your candle by causing the wick to shift.
8. Once cooled, cut the wick to about ¼ - ½ " long. Then you're finished.
I recommend letting your candles sit overnight before burning them to ensure your wax is completely settled.
I added some little final touches of ribbon to mine and you can even add labels or tags to really make them your own. They make wonderful little gifts for your friends and family for the upcoming holidays.
The huge benefit to making your own candles is the price. Here is the list of items with their prices. I shopped at Michaels - which can be a little pricier, but they always have coupons so take advantage of that!
• Soy Wax (1 lb.) - $7.50 - I only used half of the bag so for this project it was $3.75
• Soy Wicks (pack of 6) - $8.50 - I used 4 for this project so it cost me roughly $5.70
• Jelly Jars - $2.50 each - I used 4 so that brings the total to $10
• Essential Oil - $4 - I used half of the bottle so it cost me $2
That brings the total to $21.45 which is roughly $5 per candle. Most soy candles are $7+ so you definitely save yourself some money, plus its always nice to use something you made yourself.
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