Level of Craftyness needed: 2 out of 5
I saw these on Pinterest and decided I needed to try them! All went well except for the scent. I don’t think I used enough and next time I want to try using oils instead of the wax scent that I found on sale at Joann’s.
What You’ll Need:
– Teacups (or whatever else you want to use like mason jars etc. I got mine from a thrift store)
– wicks (you can buy these at Michael’s or a hardware store [or so I’ve heard])
– a box of crayons (to color the candles)
– wax (from Michael’s you can get soy, beeswax, or just the regular kind)
– if you want, scent (I used these scent blocks I found at Joann’s Fabrics but you can use essence oils as well)
– a double burner (you can make your own like I did youll need a pot, a stove, and another container you don’t mind getting wax on that rests in the top of the pot)
– something to mix the wax with (something medal that you don’t mind getting wax on because it’s hard to get off)
– Newspaper to lay down on your work space because the wax gets everywhere!
– a stick or pencil
1. set up your teacups
take your wick and measure out how long it needs to be and leave a little extra at the top. Wrap the extra around a stick (and i used a little tape) and position the wick in the center of the candle. Like the picture above.
2. Set up the double burner
This is very important. Wax burns and heats very easily so you need to set this up so you don’t burn yourself or light the wax on fire. Since I did not have a bowl that I didn’t care about that fit into the top of my pot, I used a metal strainer to hold the bowl I found. Note: the strainer and the pot did not touch the wax so I just used whatever I had in the kitchen.
You should put one to two inches of water at the bottom of the pot and heat it up. Stick the bowl in the strainer and wait for it to heat up (water should be boiling).
3. Cut a chunk of wax enough to make as many candles as you want (I just eyeballed it) and stick it in the bowl once the water is sufficiently heated. Wait for it to melt. Be sure to mix and watch it. Note: wax is a tricky substance and after it hits a certain temperature (I think over 200 degrees) it can catch on fire (or so I’ve heard) This scared me but once I actually tried it, it was no problem. I don’t think the wax even got over 140 degrees even after it was melted. Just make sure you are monitoring it properly. Once all the wax is melted it is ready.
4. Pick out the crayons colors that you want to use for your candles. I used a combination of crayons to create the red and purple you see in the pictures. Take the wrappers off the crayons so you just have the wax left. I broke them into threes and when my wax was almost melted (some chunks still left) I dropped the crayon pieces in and stirred the mixture.
5. I also dropped the scent wax blocks that I bought in at this point. (the two white squares you see in the picture above)I only used one block per candle which turned out to not be enough. I will probably use scented oil next time.
6. Mix well until you have a cohesive looking wax mixture that has no chunks. Again make sure to monitor the temperature of the wax so you don’t cause a kitchen fire.
7. Take your bowl of wax and pour it into the prepared teacups like so;
Note: the wax will spill especially if your bowl doesn’t have a pouring spout (which I doubt it does) so make sure you have newspaper covering your work surface.
And here is the finished product. Wait for the wax to dry overnight on a flat surface. The next day take the stick off and cut the wick down to size. It needs to be below the top of the teacup so when you light the candle the flame doesn’t burn in an unsafe manner.