How To Make Handmade Container Candles At Home
Container candles are a beautiful way to accent your home, especially in the bathroom. To make your candle stand out, choose glassware that is both sturdy and simple in design. The glass containers can be purchased for a low price at most retail or craft stores. You can generally find great deals at yard sales, flea markets, and thrift stores as well. Try to find glassware with lids if possible.
Clean all the glass before using them to prevent dust or other particles from building up inside. If you have a dishwasher, a quick rinse cycle will do the trick. For safety reasons, it is not recommended to make container candles in anything other than glass containers.
Before you begin making your container candles, you’ll need a few supplies in addition to your glassware. You’ll need to get quality wax, dye, fragrances, wicks (with tabs), and a double boiler. The wick should be long enough to touch the bottom of the container and extend 3–4 inches above the top of the container. The extra wick material at the top of the container will make it easier to hold it in place while the wax mixture is hardening. For container candles, you can use either paraffin wax or beeswax. Melt the wax in the double boiler to a temperature of about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, then add your color and scent. For best results, microwave the glass containers for a minute or two. This prevents the wax from leaving unsightly air pockets in the container as it hardens. For easy cleanup, place the glass container on a cookie sheet.
There are two ways to insert the wick. You can place a small amount of hot wax in the center of the container, on the bottom, and attach the wick’s tab. Then, place a pen or clothespin over the top of the container and wrap the wick around it to keep the wick straight, then pour the hot wax into the container, leaving an inch at the top. The other option is to fill each container with the wax mixture, leaving one inch at the top for the candle to burn without dripping outside of the container. Depending on the size of the container, let the candle cool for about 20 minutes (it still needs to be in liquid form to put the wick tab on the bottom of the container), then gently place a wick into the container. An easy way to work with candle wicks is to take a ballpoint pen apart, place the shell of the pen around the wick, until it reaches the tab and the wick is through the center of the pen shell, and use it to guide the wick into place. You can also clamp the top of the wick with a clothespin and lay the clothespin across the top of the container to keep the wick in place. Another option is to wrap the wick around a pen while it is lying on top of the candle container, with the bottom of the wick just touching the bottom of the container. Keep an eye on them to make sure the wick stays in the center of the container as the wax hardens. As the wax hardens, the wick will stay firmly in place. Once the candles are completely cool, cut the wick to ½ inch above the top of the container.
You can get creative with your candles by decorating the jars with paint, color sequins, glitter, or anything that you like. Consider attaching a colored ribbon or yarn to the top of the container for a simple yet elegant design. Container candles are designed to burn down to nearly nothing, allowing you to get the most out of each one. The jars keep the flame from escaping and the wax from dripping, preventing fire hazards. It’s still important to keep them out of the reach of children and never leave them unattended when they’re burning. If you’re going to pick up or move the candle, make sure it’s completely cooled to prevent serious burns.
Candles add beauty and delightful aromas to your home, but caution should always be used when burning them. Container candles are very simple and inexpensive to make. They also add beauty and romance to any occasion. These candles leave the maker with lots of room to be creative. For a fun family night, make memories by allowing your children to decorate the jars while you work with the hot wax. You’ll be fascinated by all the great container candles and decorating tips available on the internet, especially people’s designs for the holidays, special occasions, and other fun themes. The possibilities are endless.
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