Making scented candles is a fun and easy project for anyone to do. All you need are some supplies and the willingness to give it a try!
You can make homemade candle holders or purchase them from craft stores. There are many different types of wax that you can use, such as soy wax, beeswax, palm oil, paraffin wax.
This blog post will teach you how to get started making your own scented candles – all without breaking the bank!
How to make scented candles at home
There’s just something about the soft glow and subtle aromatherapy that comes with making your own candles.
Scented candles are a great way to add ambiance and fragrance to your home. But how do you make them?
Buy a kit or make one from scratch: you can buy these at most craft stores nowadays, but it’s just as easy to create them yourself!
Here’s an easy tutorial for making scented candles at home:
- A jar for candle making: This can be a new, cleaned-out Mason Jar or an old mason jar that you’ve used before… The type of material your container is made from will make no difference when it comes to how well your scented candles burn. However, if the container has any nicks in it then I’d recommend using something else instead as they might lead to uneven burning and possible wax leakage.
- Wicks (multiple sizes are available at craft stores) I use braided cotton wicks because there’s less risk of them sagging and dipping into the melted wax while I’m pouring; this also means their threads don’t get tangled up with each other.
- A wick is generally included with jars but may need replacing every now and then; some people prefer metal wire because they don’t like how easily cotton wicks get dry rot. If using jar lids as a “mold”, you’ll want to use a wick tab or similar.
- A double boiler to melt the wax
- A thermometer (optional) I prefer to use a thermometer because I can adjust how hot my oil is by adjusting how far down into the pot it’s submerged; this way, I never need to worry about accidentally overheating or underheating my oils.
- Any type of jar lid you want for decoration
- Wax sheets: These are thin pieces of paper that have been coated in beeswax and used as an easy way to insulate your candle from oxygen exposure so they burn longer without smoke or soot formation. They’re not necessary but will make your life easier if you plan on making a lot of candles.
- Wax: The type of wax you use will vary depending on what color or scent you want to make your candle out of.
- Dye chips for any colored candles – these are small bits that dissolve quickly in the hot melted wax and help give a more consistent coloring throughout the whole candle. You can also add them after, but I find it easier not to have to worry about wasting chunks if my measurements are off at all.
- Oils can be used in lieu of fragrance oil, although they don’t always smell as strong; the scent from essential oils should last longer than that from other sources. Some people prefer one over the others due to allergies or personal preference
Scented candles: These come preassembled at most stores nowadays! They won’t cost much more than those plain colored ones either since they just have added scents that require fewer materials. However, I find it’s easier to pour your own.
- Buy wax, wicks, coloring agent (optional), lids, and containers. You can buy these items in bulk or from specialty stores.
- Cut the sticks of wax into small pieces using a knife so that it will melt quickly – if it melts too slowly then there may be some black bits left over when burning the candle. This step is optional but recommended because burnt chunks won’t generate as much light while also releasing smokey odors.
- Pour the wax into a container that’s been lined with parchment paper. The amount of wax you use will depend on how tall your container is: typically, for every inch wide in height, add two inches of depth to the bottom or three inches if there are multiple sides. You can always pour too little but it’s hard to make up for an overpour and end up with enough wax at the bottom.
- Add a coloring agent (if using) by stirring it into one cup of boiling water before pouring onto the molten wax. Stir until dissolved well before adding more hot water as desired. This step isn’t necessary either but gives you some added options when choosing scents and looks really pretty when finished!
- Now you’re ready to add fragrance! Add the appropriate amount of liquid or oil-based fragrant as per instructions on your chosen product.
- Pour into a mold. If using multiple molds, pour one color at a time (for example, orange in one and yellow in another) for more blended colors and effects once set.
- Let cool until hardened before handling or removing from container/mold; this will take anywhere from five minutes to an hour depending on how hot it was poured. Be careful when handling it because warm wax is very slippery! Especially if pouring directly onto parchment paper instead of metal containers like most people do.
Voila! You’re done making scented candles with little effort involved!
How to scent candles
- First, you need to pour some melted wax into the container.
- Next, add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil and stir it in with a wooden stick or spoon.
- Then place wicks at opposite ends of the candle jar so they can soak up all that wonderful scented goodness as they burn!
- Let this cool until it hardens before you use it for hours of delightful smelling fun!
- Building a scent profile for your homemade scented candle can be difficult, but it is one of the most rewarding and exciting aspects of using fragrance or essential oils. The goal is to add oils, in the right concentrations, that complement each other for an overall attractive aroma.
If you ever need to refresh the scent, simply melt the candle down and add more oil. To do so, simply place the candle in the freezer until the wax pops out. Then put the whole chunk of wax (wick and all) in a double boiler and gently melt it down. Remove the wick, add more oil and pour back into its container.
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