Intro: Coconut Candle
- Coconut halves
- Wax (soy, paraffin, beeswax, etc)
- Scent cubes
- Belt sander (optional)
- Sand paper
- Aluminum soup can
- Pot for boiling water
- Stirring device (like a knife, etc)
- Oven mitts
- Coconut stabilizers (I used plastic butter bowls)
Step 1: Prepping Your Coconut
You have a choice. You can either leave the fiber on your coconut halve, or sand it down. I choose to sand mine down using a belt sander and strip the fiber away, and then use sand paper to really smooth it out.
Clean the outside of the coconut with warm water.
Once dry, rub a little piece of your wax on the outside of the coconut. Use your fingers to rub the wax in and evenly. Your coconut should now be a pretty dark brown.
Set your wicks at the bottom of your coconuts. Don't worry if your coconuts are at an angle.
Step 2: Wax Time
Fill your pot half full of water (The can will displace water). Put it on the stove and heat it slowly. You do not need it boiling.
Once water is hot , place cubes of wax in the aluminum can. With knife, stir the cubes until completely melted. Add scent cubes, if desired (follow direction on package). Stir again.
Put on oven mitts and prepare to pour wax.
After, start the process again until you have finished making the candles.
Step 3: Pour the Wax
Stabilize your coconuts on the plastic containers.
I wanted my coconuts to be horizontal, but they still tilted when finished; so this step really is more about the coconuts being stabilized. If you pour carefully, you don't need to use the containers
Slowly and carefully pour the wax in. You may want an extra hand to hold the coconut or wick.
Let the coconuts set for a few hours.
Repeat from Step 2.