Candle-Making Basics (Gift Idea Alert!)
Supplies needed to make your own giant DIY candles:
- Slab of Wax ($33.97) Note: This wax is specifically designed so it can be made into molds as well! Melting point is 148 F, making it somewhat safer than quicker melting soy.
- Large Glass Hinged Lid Jars ($2.57 each)
- Gingerbread Orange Scent - or other scent of your choice ($4.17)
- Cotton Twine ($0.97)
- Old Crock Pot or Old Pan for stovetop
- Burlap ($1.47)
The first thing you will need are wicks! You can buy wicks online (around a dozen for $1) or simply make your own! Making them at home is fairly easy. You will be melting wax for your candles anyway, so it is easy enough to prime some wicks while you are at it. You simply need wax and a fairly thick cotton twine. (For a large candle like this, string needs to be quite thick or else it will quit burning as you get lower into the candle. Smaller candles can handle smaller string wicks. You also might consider adding TWO wicks to this candle, but make sure to keep them at least an inch and a half from the outer glass edge of the candle. If you are new to candle-making, perhaps try making a mug candle or tin candle to start small!)
Once your wicks are made, it is time to start making your DIY candles! Cut your giant slab of wax into chunks and melt them in an old crock pot or pot on the stove (at a very low temp!). One slab of wax will make quite a few of these candles. I ended up making one giant candle and three mug candles and still had this much leftover:
When the wax has fully melted, add a generous amount of scent (I used Gingerbread Orange, but any scent or essential oil will work!). I use about 10-20 drops per "chunk" of wax and about 1/3 of the bottle total for a giant jar candle like this. You really want the scent to come out when burned, so don't be stingy!
WARNING -- NEVER leave your DIY candles unattended, and do not burn past the last little bit of wax. It hypothetically could catch fire (though I have never had this happen!). Keeping the wick trimmed keeps smoke down and the flame a reasonable size, reducing the chance of fire as well. For a SUPER safe version, simply pour wax into jars with scents, WITHOUT a wick and melt them on one of THESE! They only cost around 6 dollars and reduce safety concerns greatly!