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Make Your Own Candles…Plus, a Few of Our Favorite Handmade Picks!

You know how there are some things you hate buying for yourself but love getting as a gift? That’s how many gals feel about candles. Giving candles as a gift is always an easy home run – who doesn’t like a sweet-smelling candle for their bedroom or bathroom?! So this week, we want to share a recipe for handmade candles so you can craft your own!

There are TONS of different candle recipes on the web, especially since there are so many different kinds of candles you can make. Here are a few of our favorite links, plus a recipe for how to make a simple handmade candle:

Video on making a soy candle, from Expert Village:

BASIC RECIPE FOR ROLLED CANDLES

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Supplies:

One 8 x 16-inch beeswax sheet

One 10-inch-length braided 2/0 wick

1 to 2 ounces paraffin wax for priming the wick, if desired

Directions:

1. With a straightedge as a guide and a craft knife, cut the beeswax sheet into two 8-inch squares.

2. Use a hairdryer to slightly soften the wax. Avoid over-softening the wax by using the low heat setting.

3. Press the wick into one of the edges of a wax square; 1 inch of wick should extend beyond each side. Roll up the wax, taking care to keep the edges even. It can be a little tricky to get started and to keep the roll tight around the wick; to get a tighter roll, insert a piece of waxed paper between your fingers and the wax. As you roll the wax, move the waxed paper along so it doesn’t get caught up in the roll. This not only gives a tighter roll, but it also prevents the heat of your hands from making the wax too soft and therefore difficult to work with.

4. When the candle is completely rolled, press the edge of the wax into the candle to seal it, softening with a hairdryer if necessary.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the second square.

6. To prime the wicks, take small pieces of wax sheet and press them around the wicks. Alternately, in the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the paraffin wax. Dip the wick ends into the wax for 5 seconds and allow to cool completely.

7. Trim the wicks to 1/4 inch and the candles are ready to light.

Source: Country Living

Below, get inspired by five of our favorite homemade candles currently being sold online and then let us know your favorites in the comments.

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A hands-down favorite candle. The smell has a really smokey/nature-y musk that’s perfect for girls who prefer deeper cologne scents to flower-y smells.  (Pommes Frites, $16)

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This bright, fresh and natural smelling fragrance begins with notes of orange Valencia, bergamot tea and plum wine, then adds jasmine, violet, lavender and orange flowers to end with a clean citrus musk. (Coco & Bubbles, $18.50)

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We love this midnight amber scent. (Theme Fragrance, $14.50)
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The Lemon Verbena is divine, but the real reason to fall in love with this candle brand is their amazing crackling wooden wicks! They actually make a “fireplace noise” as they burn. (Orange Fuzz, $20 for 3)
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A true-to-life blend of ripe, tangy grapefruit and mangosteen – an exotic fruit that is citrusy and sweet with a hint of peach. The fragrance reaches balance while burning, when both fruits meld into a strong scent that has a citrus punch, a hint of peach, and a naturally derived sweetness. Pretty great, yes? (Jenny Bean Beautiful, $18)

Have experience making candles already? Let’s hear all your of awesome tips and tricks!

Image: Etsy

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3 Comments

  1. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on August 7, 2013 at 04:13

    I have tried to make my own candles before. It`s so much fun!!:) I also like making my own soaps, though the materials are pretty expensive…

  2. JessicaAnne

    Posted by JessicaAnne on August 3, 2013 at 18:48

    I love making candles! It’s so much fun and so easy to do! 🙂 I usually make soy candles and candlescience.com is a great place to buy awesome fragrances. 🙂

  3. lotr1997

    Posted by lotr1997 on August 3, 2013 at 18:06

    This is pretty awesome! Could y’all do one on soapmaking next? It is so much fun!