• TORI JOYNER

LET'S MAKE CANDLES

Updated: Aug 8, 2019


Hey guys! I was sitting at home researching candle making classes in Charlotte, and I discovered a workshop called, "The Candle Bar." I've had several friends take a class and they really enjoyed it, but I would never pay $40 to make one candle. So, it was time to get my DIY juices flowing and discover a new hobby!

Let's get started!


Materials:

  • Fragrances

  • 6lbs of Wax

  • Melting Pot

  • Thermometer

  • Candle Containers/Jars

  • Warning Labels

  • Cotton Wicks

  • Glue gun or glue dots

  • Kitchen Scale

  • Regular cooking pot

  • Popsicle sticks




The average cost for everything is around $60.


There are two different ways to get the wick attached to the bottom of your glass jar. The first way is by using a hot glue gun and melting the wick to the glass. The second way is by using a glue dot. The glue dot is a sticky adhesive that you would add to the bottom of the wick.






Tip: Always use what you have at home before buying something new. I used a glue gun to adhere all of my wicks to the jars, and it worked perfectly.


Note: You will also need something to make the wicks stay upright while the wax is cooling in the jars. There are many tools on the market that work perfectly, but I refuse to buy extra "stuff." I used Popsicle sticks! I drilled a small hole in the middle of the stick and I pull the wick up through the hole. Simple!


Important: When boiling the wax you must create a double-boiler because you don't wanna burn the wax. In the large cooking pot on the bottom, you will add your water and the wax in the melting pot.


The best melting Temperature for Soy wax is around 185 degrees. Before adding fragrant oils allow the wax to cool to about 160 degrees. If you don't let the wax cool it will burn off the scent leaving you without a strong smell.


The measurement for adding your fragrance oil is 1oz of fragrance to 1lbs of wax.


Keep a steady hand! We don't need wax all over the place.



Let the wax set for at least 24hrs before burning.








I really love the way the candles turned out. They smell amazing!







I hope you all get the opportunity to try your hand at candle making. I promise it will save you loads of money and you will really enjoy the process.

See you in the next one!