In case you ever wondered what $15 worth of soy wax and 30 minutes in the kitchen will get you…
Maybe I’ve been loving this craft so much because it’s really just cooking. Except that you don’t eat the finished product.
It all starts with this 5 pound bag of soy wax.
You would be shocked to know how fast we blow through candles around here. I mean fast. I think it’s the coziness factor of candles in this rented apartment so far away from home.
Thanks to all that candle-burning, my collection was looking pretty haggard.
But then (probably thanks to Pinterest), I discovered that making soy candles is really easy.
About a month ago, I had friends over and we experimented with making soy candles in all sorts of sizes and “flavors” (using essential oils).
They all worked great, although they don’t project aroma as much as most commercial candles. (A little googling tells me that there are special oils you can buy for soy candles.)
(Can you spy the candy corns? We made a fall-themed night of it.)
Making these candles is particularly easy because soy wax is not nearly as sticky as the wax from paraffin candles. Soy wax washes right off of everything.
If you google paraffin vs. soy wax, there are lots of people out there who will tell you that soy candles burn cleaner than paraffin, but to me, the biggest advantage is how easy these are to make at home.
Here’s how to make soy wax candles….
First, you need a jar, candle wicks (also found on Amazon), a wooden skewer (or pencil), scissors, and double-sided tape (or glue).
Next, measure a piece of the wick so that it is about 4 inches longer than your jar is tall. Tie a knot in one end. Secure the knot to the bottom of the jar with a piece of double-sided tape. Use a skewer or pencil to push it down and secure it. I get a bunch of these ready at once, so I can pour the melted wax right in.
(Note: you can also buy fancy wicks with a metal piece for the bottom of the jar
…not necessary, but a little more legit looking.)
Next up, melt the wax. The soy wax comes in these nice white flakes.
Melt the wax in a pan over medium heat or in a microwave-safe container and on high (it only takes 90 seconds in my microwave).
4 cups of soy wax flakes = 2 cups melted wax.
When it’s all nice and melted, let it cool just a bit. Then add essential oils to make the wax scented.
Gently pour the warm wax into the prepared jars, leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
Twist the wick around a skewer and set it on top of the jar so the wick stays centered.
When the wax is cool (about an hour), cut the wick down so about 1 inch of wick remains.
Pretty, aren’t they?
And even nicer once lit…
Wouldn’t these be nice as Christmas gifts?
- Clean, dry containers (any combination of sizes that will hold approximately 16 fluid oz. of liquid; i.e; two 8-oz. or one 12-oz. jar and one 4-oz. jar)
- Candle wicks (I use these)
- double-sided tape (or, for a more professional look, metal candle wick tabs)
- 4 cups soy wax flakes (I use these)
- Essential Oils (15 drops per 4 cups of wax), optional
- Set the glass containers on a clean, dry dishtowel. Cut a piece of wick for each container that is 4 inches longer than the container is tall. Place a small piece of double-sided tape in the bottom center of each container. Tie a knot at the end of each wick. Press the knot firmly into the double-sided tape to lightly secure it. Leave the free end of the wick hanging over the side of the container.
- Fill a sauce pan to the top with soy wax flakes. Place the pan over medium heat. As the wax begins to melt, after about 5 minutes, gently stir it until all of the wax becomes smooth and pourable. (Alternatively, melt the wax in the microwave.)
- Remove the wax from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Add essential oils, if using, and stir to combine.
- Pour the wax into prepared jars, leaving 1 inch of space at the top of each jar. Center the free end of the wick in the wax. Twist the wick around a pencil or wooden skewer. Let the wax dry for at least an hour. Cut the wick short so that only about 1 inch remains.