How to make soy candles
- soy wax–I bought a 10 pound bag of Golden brand soy wax #464 and that made just about 24 8oz. candles. I was left with one unfilled jar and one half-filled jar.
- wicks–mine were 6″ pretabbed wicks, and I chose these because they were recommended for the jars I had picked.
- hot glue gun
- clothes pins to hold your wicks in place while you pour
- containers–you can use anything really…thrifted Mason jars, old candle containers…but I wanted mine all to be uniform and smallish and I really wanted something with straight sides for easier cleaning later, so I chose the medium straight sided jars with gold lids
- scents–this is such a personal thing and I prefer really earthy scents, and keeping with a winter theme, I chose grapefruit and mangosteen, blue spruce, pine cones, bayberry and rosemary, but Candle Science has oodles of scents to choose from. I only wish my computer screen had a scratch-and-sniff option to help me choose.
- pouring pitcher–these are absolutely necessary, but having this was so helpful! Also, I didn’t want to use my own cooking pans to melt the wax, so I’m glad I have my own special melting tool now.
While your wax is melting, get your jars ready. Hot glue the wick to the bottom of the jars and slip the wick through the spring of a clothes pin to hold it in place while you pour.
When the wax is ready, pour away! You don’t have to be stressed about the wax melting or anything like that–this should be a relaxing project! Just pour slowly to keep your jars neat and tidy.
Let them sit–untouched–for about an hour and stick your labels on.
I am so happy with how these turned out and I know I’ll be making more. I’m getting ready to order more stuff actually! Why so many candles?? Because they make great gifts for everything–piano teachers, housewarming gifts, birthdays, just-because–you name it! Also because candles make everything cozier and I have them burning pretty much every day–especially in the cold months.
I should note that I did not have my kids help with this project. My older kids could have, but honestly…I just wanted to have some time alone to create. I wasn’t really alone, but I turned my “chill-out” music on and sent the big kids outside, turned on The Little Mermaid for the toddler, and spent a good chunk of time just creating–alone. It was so good for the soul. Sounds weird, but sometimes we just need something that’s just ours.
I did a really quick Periscope of the process, so click here if you want a more visual tutorial.
When I get that storage room cleaned out, I’ll have a whole empty shelf for my candle trove. Now maybe I should light one of these babies and get to work on that blasted room!