Homemade Candles for your Natural Home

Homemade Decoupaged Candles - This Design Journal for Home Made by Carmona

Hi everyone, I am Anima from This Design Journal. I am thrilled to be part of Ursula’s Creative Team and I am so excited to bring you lots of simple creative ideas to make your home a thoughtful and welcoming space.

As my blog name says, I keep this humble journal a place to jot down ideas and projects that appeal to me and am sure will inspire those around me, and would like to stop by this beautiful community to share interesting but totally do-able projects, from time to time.The idea I am sharing today is on the similar lines. We are making our own candle that could rival the designer brands yet extremely simple and fair on the wallets.

Meet Anima

 

We are making our own candle that could rival the designer brands yet extremely simple and fair on the wallets

Decoupaged Soy Candles DIY tutorial

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For Candle Making

Soy wax Flakes ( Here )
Natural Wick ( looks like it is important to use non-lead ones) – Find it Here
Glass Jars
Essential Oil ( I found this sandal wood one from Michaels)
An old soup can or glass/stainless steel jar
Sauce pan/wide mouthed vessel

For Decorating the Candle Jar

Plain glass tumblers from Thrift store

Pretty paper ( Any pretty paper or fabric you love will work)
Mod Podge

 

How-To

DIY Soy wax Candle

Prepping the Jar


Step 1 :First thing I did was to decorate the candle jars I intended to use. It is easy – as easy as cutting down the paper to cover the glass and applying mod podge to glue it on. To cut it down perfectly – lay the glass flat down on side and mark the height. Roll the paper around the glass and cut enough to cover it well.
Step 2 : Apply a thin layer of mod podge and attach the paper to the jar. Mod podge works better than glue here, especially if you are using a thin paper as in my case. Let it dry well. Apply another layer of mod podge for extra protection – but you can skip it if you want.

Make the Candle

Soy wax -decoupaged Candle Design

Step 1 : Use hot glue gun to adhere the wick to the bottom of the candle jar (the one we just decorated !) . Roll the end of the wick over a fork to keep it in the middle of the jar ( Trust me the wicks won’t stand straight without support.)

Decoupaged Soy Candles 1

Step 2 : Heat water in the sauce pan. The water need not be boiled because the wax easily melts at medium heat.
Step 3 : Fill 3/4th of soup can with wax flakes and keep it in the heated water. It takes around 3,4 minutes for the wax to melt completely.
Step 4 : Mix about 1 Tbsp essential oil in the melted wax and stir well with a skewer. Add more if you want stronger smell and your soup can size is bigger.

Sandalwood essential Oil for Candle DIY

step 5 : Pour the liquid into the jar carefully . You may have to repeat step 3 and 4 two times to fill a jar of standard tumbler size.

Soy wax DIY Candles

Step 6 : Once the wax is completely cooled down ( which takes about an hour – may be less, but I didn’t dare touch it before that) the wax will turn a very pretty ivory color, you can cut short the wick to size and it is ready to use.

There are about 8 steps mentioned here, but some of them can’t be considered steps right! like heat water in a sauce pan!!! But once you start doing it, it is extremely simple and enjoyable process.

 Soy wax candles

And what do you gain out of it? Well other than saving some hard earned money (candles of that size is easily $8 I believe, much more if designer brand) , you have the satisfaction of making your own, it is an incredible feeling to enjoy your own handi work and of course you can brag to any one who will listen that you made it ( I do that – now I make for friends who ask for the source, say what? )

Hope you enjoyed my first ever post here. Do stop by my blog to see another candle centric DIY and get your candle making mojo on.

 

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3 Comments on Homemade Candles for your Natural Home

  1. Hunter Ballew
    December 8, 2016 at 1:05 am (3 years ago)

    Hi! I use soy candles for my home to keep the fragrance. I would try your tips here for something new. Thanks a lot! :)

    Reply
  2. Faye
    March 26, 2016 at 6:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the tips and inspiration, Amina. I used to design and create floating candles, as a child. After reading your article, I just may revisit my old hobby and fall in love with it, again.

    Reply
  3. Iris
    March 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I have always wanted to do something like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Reply

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