DIY Candles


How about trying your hand at making DIY winter-themed candles? This crafting activity not only creates beautiful candles but also adds a touch of warmth and ambiance to your home during the winter season. It’s a cosy and creative activity perfect for the colder months. Here’s a simple guide to get you started:

  • Soy wax flakes or candle wax
  • Candle wicks
  • Glass jars or containers
  • Essential oils (such as pine, cinnamon, or peppermint for a winter scent)
  • Candle dye (optional, for coloured candles)
  • Wooden skewers or pencils (to hold the wick in place)
  • Double boiler or microwave-safe container for melting wax
  • Thermometer (if using candle wax that requires specific melting temperatures)
  • Decorative elements like dried flowers, leaves, pine cones, or glitter (optional)
  1. Prepare your workspace by covering it with newspaper or a protective surface.
  2. Place your chosen glass jars or containers on the workspace.
  3. If using candle wax, melt it in a double boiler or microwave-safe container according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use a thermometer to ensure the wax reaches the appropriate temperature (usually around 160-180°F or 71-82°C).
  4. Once the wax is melted, add a few drops of your chosen essential oil for fragrance. Stir gently to mix.
  5. If desired, add candle dye to achieve your preferred colour. Stir until the colour is evenly distributed.
  6. Place a candle wick in each glass jar or container. Use a wooden skewer or pencil to hold the wick in place and keep it centred.
  7. Carefully pour the scented and coloured wax into the jars, leaving a small space at the top.
  8. Allow the candles to cool and harden for several hours or overnight.
  9. Once the candles have fully set, trim the wicks to about ¼ inch (0.6 cm) above the surface of the wax.
  10. Optional: Decorate the outside of the jars with dried flowers, leaves, pine cones, or a sprinkle of glitter for a festive touch.
  11. Light your homemade winter candles and enjoy the warm glow and soothing fragrance they provide.

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