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How to Make Container Candles

Learn How To Make Candles: Container Candles Guide

Container candles are a gorgeous strategy to accent your house, particularly the bathroom.

Container candles are incredibly easy and low-cost to create. They also add attractiveness and romance to any household or special occasion. These candles leave the maker with lots of room for being creative, as your container is what makes the candle special.

You are able to choose from a huge range of suitable glassware for bargain prices at most retail stores. You’ll be able to source super deals at Market sales, flea markets, and thrift sales.

The convenient DIY home made candle making kits are so simple to use and your container candles can also be dressed up with ribbons and bows, or have added decorations glued to the glass as well.

And the making the candle is as simple as Melt & Pour!! You can also keep your eye out for glassware with decorative tops or lids if obtainable.

How to Begin Making Candles

Clean the glass containers prior to making use of them to prevent dust or other particles from building up and showing through the glass when you pour the wax. If you’ve a dishwasher a quick rinse cycle will do the trick.

It’s not recommended to make container candles in something other than glass containers for safety reasons. It’s alright to use ceramics, but do not try plastic containers, even if they feel like they are heat resistant, you really don’t want to risk molten candle wax melting through a container onto your furniture or hands!

You need to get some other supplies in addition to your containers before it is possible to begin the process of making container candles.

You have to have a double boiler to melt that wax, some good quality wax (can be paraffin, beeswax, soy wax, or even some candle stubs you have saved up), some dye or wax color chips is you want a specific color, and fragrances for candles if you want aromatic candles.

It is best to obtain wicks with tabs for creating this type of candle. You can use the loose candle wick and dip it in wax to make it firm, or to tie it up with wood sticks, but from experience I can tell you that the wicks that come in the kits are great… they are pre-cut, have stickers for the bottom of the container, and are great to work with when you are first learning how to do all this.

Most candle kits come with a great supply of wicks suited to the size / width of your candle container. For container candles, you can use either paraffin wax, bees wax, or my favorite, soy wax.

Melt the wax inside the double boiler to a temperature of about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. As soon as it has reached that temperature, add your color and scent. DO NOT try to melt the wax in a pot straight over heat on the stove, as you might set the whole pot on fire.

If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use an electric rice cooker, or a BIG tin can sitting in a pot of water. Otherwise, you could experiment with the microwave to melt your wax, but you do risk overheating and spoiling your wax when you are still learning how to make candles.

Now It’s Time to Fill Your Lovely Containers

Gently stick a wick with tab into the center of the bottom of each candle container. You might have to keep an eye on them as you will have to make sure that the wick stays centered while the wax hardens.

Most kits come with wood ice pole sticks with a hole in the middle to hold the tip of the wick firmly in the center of the container while you pour the wax. A great strategy if you don’t have any sticks is to clip the top of the wick with a wooden clothes pin laid over the container opening to help hold it in place.

Place the glass containers on a cookie sheet to make the clean up from any spills a snap. I also put a few sheets of paper on the floor as I usually manage to get wax everywhere!

Very carefully take the melted wax and pour it into a pouring jug or use a soup scoop to pour wax into each container.

Fill each glass / container within 1 inch from the edge / top of the container in large mug size containers, but nearer the top on small votive size candles.

Leaving that extra room will make it possible for the candle to burn and not drip wax outside the container. You then allow your container candles cool for about 20 minutes.

Once the candles are totally cool and firm, cut the wick tip to 1/2 from the top of the candle. If you leave the wick too long it burns the wax too hard and fast, and tends to become very sooty and smoky.

Candle Making Kits

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  1. I have been making my own soy wax candles for many, many years… its so simple to do, many methods to try out, and I love using my own perfect blended scented oils!

    Do you buy or make hand made candles?

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