Do It Yourself

Homemade Soy Candles

This is not the article I planned on for this issue, but due to the weather not being on my side I couldn’t get outside to spray paint pine cones for you. But, I am hoping candles will satisfy. I know I love candles and festive smells(even from candles) get me into the holiday spirit.

Things You Will Need

  • Stock Pot
  • Pouring Pot or Large Glass Measuring Cup
  • Soy Wax
  • Wax Coated Wick
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Glass Jar for candle
  • Glue Gun or Glue Dots
  • Scent of your choice

First thing to know is 1 pound of soy wax equals about 18oz of liquid when melted. So, carefully measure how much you will need and pour the wax into the pouring pot. Place the pouring pot into the stock pot and fill the stock pot with water. The pouring pot should not float. Turn the stove on medium heat.

While the wax is heating up it is a good time to prep the jars. Take the wick and place hot glue or a glue dot on the bottom of the wick and stick it to the bottom of the jar. Let the glue dry and then use something to wrap the wick around and help make it stand straight up.

From here just stir the wax every few minutes to warm quicker and prevent clumping. Let the wax melt and warm to 140 degrees. Once you hit 140 degrees take the pouring pot off the burner and add scent. I play this by smell and add what smells correct.

Let the wax sit and cool until it is about 90/95 degrees. Then quickly/carefully pour the wax into the jar. Once that is done set the candle somewhere safe and let it be for 24 hours.

I am sorry there are not that many photos for this tutorial. Due to working with a hot stove and water there was steam and I did not feel comfortable exposing my camera or phone to that. But if you have any questions please ask and I will answer as quickly as possible.

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