My mom loves candles. This year for Hanukka, instead of spending 18 bucks for a candle or two from yankee, I've decided to make her some candles! I ended up spending $12 at Joanne's for enough wax/wicks for ~16 candles. I, however, only made two so that she can decide on her own scent/color combination when I make more.
I had a lot of fun making these, and I know she's going to love them.
UPDATE: I gave them to her tonight (12/6/07) and she really did love them, they're burning now.
Paso 1: Caution
This project does require a few safety/mess preventions.
*Wax is very hard to clean up from counters. In order to help with cleanup, use as few tools as possible, and cover your work space in newspaper. I wish I had done that.
*Wax is flammable, for this reason, it's very important that you don't use any setting higher than medium on your stove, and use a thermometer if possible.
Wax's flash point is 300 degrees F, don't let it's temperature exceed 250 degrees.
Paso 2: What you'll need
- Wax - I got mine from Joanne's, a 4 pound block for something like $14
- Wicks - Got it from Joanne's, too, for $2
- Crayons (If you want your candle colored)
- Scent (I used vanilla extract)
- Olive oil (Optional)
(Joanne's sends out 40% off any item coupons every sunday in our newspaper, check for coupon's from your craft store, they're helpful =] )
*Double boiler (Or two nesting pots)
*Molds (I used a soda can, and a dixie cup)