For centuries, people have been using candles to light up their homes and workplaces.
Candles are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they can also be used for practical purposes such as providing light in dark places or even keeping a room smelling fresh.
While you can buy candles at just about any store these days, there's something special about making them yourself.
Not to mention, it's a fun and relaxing activity that anyone can enjoy.
So, if you're looking for a new hobby, why not give candle making a try?
What You'll Need
If you're new to candle making, you might be worried about the cost of your new craft or hobby.
The great thing about the candle making process is that you don't need a lot of expensive supplies or equipment to get started.
In fact, you probably have most of what you need right at home.
Here's a list of supplies you'll need to get started:
You can use just about any type of wax for candle making, but beeswax and soy wax are the most popular choices.
Candle wicks are made from cotton or other natural fibers and are used to hold the flame in place.
Be sure to get wicks that are the appropriate size for your candles.
This is a pot that can be placed on top of a stove and is used for melting the wax.
You can use an old saucepan or coffee pot to melt and then pour wax.
This is used to shape the candle.
You can use just about anything as a mold, such as an empty soup can or even a toilet paper roll.
Just be sure that whatever you use is clean and dry before adding the wax.
This isn't absolutely necessary, but it will make stirring the wax much easier.
If you want to add color or scent to your candles, you'll need some additional supplies.
For a colored candle, you can use crayons, food coloring, or candle dye.
For a scented candle, you'll need essential oils or fragrance oils, like lavender oil.
If you want to start making candles but are unsure where to start, you can purchase a candle making kit to get all the supplies you need to get started.
Now that you have all of your supplies, it's time to get started!
Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make your own candles:
1) Start by melting the wax in your pouring pot on low heat.
If you're using beeswax pellets, they will melt relatively quickly.
If you're using soy wax flakes, they will take longer to melt since they have a higher melting point.
2) While the wax is melting, prepare your candle wick by trimming it to the desired length and tying them off at the bottom so they stay in place.
3) Once the wax has melted, remove it from heat; if you want to created colored or scented candles, stir in your color and/or scent.
4) Carefully pour the melted wax into your molds, being careful not to spill any on yourself or your work surface.
5) Allow the candles to cool completely before removing them from their molds.
6) Trim the wicks to ½ inch and enjoy!
Embracing Candle Making
Making your own candles is a fun and rewarding experience that anyone can enjoy.
Not to mention, it's a great way to save money and get creative.
With just a few supplies and some simple instructions, you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful homemade candles in no time!
So, what are you waiting for?
Give candle making a try today!
Eager to learn more about making candles? Check out Cosy Owl's video!
Now that you're ready to start making candles, start your next batch, and be ready for anything! Then grab your candles and flashlight for some fun and spooky ghost stories while camping!
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