How to make soy candles in cement candle holders or upcycled wine bottles.
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I love candles. LOVE. So I REALLY wanted to learn how to make my own. Not only would it be fun to make for my own home, but these would be awesome gifts for family and friends.
Now it sounded really easy- similar to making lip balm. Turns out it’s easy AND quick. I may never buy candles again. And the candles look particularly gorgeous in the homemade cement candle holders that I made (Learn how to make your concrete candle holder using concrete and silicone molds).
- CandleScience Candle Scent Fall Collection Fragrance Sampler with 4 Bottles
- The Candlemaker’s Store Natural Soy Wax, 10 lb. Bag (this will make a LOT of candles)
- EricX Light 100 Piece Natural Candle Wick, Low Smoke 6″ Pre-Waxed & 100% Natural Cotton Core
- Something to microwave or heat the wax in, something to stir the wax with.
- Option for Containers:
- Cut glass containers from food or wine bottles
- Concrete candle holder
- Reuse old candle jars
- Mason jars
For just the candle supplies, this ran around $44. These will make a LOT of candles though.
The wicks are about $.07 per candle. I’d love to calculate the expense per candle for everything else but quite frankly I am not sure how many candles they’ll make. You only need a few drops of the oils. And there was SO much wax in the bags I got.
I am assuming it’ll run $1-2 per candle, depending on the size of your candles.
How to Make Your Own Soy Candles
Making these is fairly simple. You need something to melt your wax in first. Once it’s melted, you can add your scent and mix.
Add your wick to the container you plan to use. Pour the melted wax and scent into the container, making sure the wick is straight up and down. You may need different size wicks or different types of wick depending on your project.
Here’s a video tutorial from the first time I made melt and pour soy candles:
I also made these soy candles for teacher gifts:
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