How to make a natural candle for Christmas?


Christmas is coming and its decorations, its warm atmosphere, its festive tables. Why not opt ​​for pretty candles to decorate your interior during this winter period? Those on the market have fairly low-end perfumes that leave much to be desired. In addition, some products used – like good old paraffin, are quite harmful to health. So, if you are passionate about interior decoration, you will know that homemade products allow you to create unique and personalized objects that give your home a unique charm. And making natural candles for Christmas is no exception to this rule.

Creating your own candles is amazingly easy. You can personalize them: choose a color, opt for a perfume and make a dressing, in particular through ribbons or custom labels. In this article, we take you step by step through the making of Do It Yourself (DIY) candles. There you will find a list of the ingredients and materials you will need as well as the instructions to follow. Of course, as with any DIY session, pay attention to the safety instructions. Prepare your workspace well and be careful of projections when melting the wax.

How to make natural candles for Christmas?

To make natural Christmas candles yourself, you will need wax to begin with. You have several options including beeswax, soy wax or palm wax. Of course, the latter is not ecological. Soy wax has the particularity of being consumed very slowly. It is naturally white and opaque. To this is added candle wicks, for example 100% cotton. Add your favorite essential oils to the mix to create fresh, personalized scents.

Preparation time

10 minutes

Total time

4 to 6 hours

Materials and ingredients

  • Soy wax
  • Cotton wicks
  • Containers (jars, glasses, cups, etc.)
  • Essential oils
  • Boiling water

Instructions

  • Fill your containers to the brim with wax. Place your containers in the bottom of an empty Dutch oven and slowly pour boiling water around it until it reaches about half of the sides.
  • Place the lid on your Dutch oven or pressure cooker and set the temperature.
  • After two hours the wax will melt and you will end up with the containers filled to about half of their original volume.
  • Add more wax and stir. If you want to add some color to your candles, do so now.
  • Then put the lid back on the pot or pressure cooker and let stand another hour.
  • Once all the wax has melted, remove your containers from the pressure cooker or Dutch oven and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Add essential oils.
  • When the wax starts to harden, insert your wicks – you may need to use a knife or a chopstick to poke a hole in the wax.
  • To keep the wick straight while the wax cools, tie a piece of string around the wick and secure it to either side of your container with duct tape. You can also insert a wick through the hole in the center of a wooden clothespin, then lay it on the top edge of your container while the wax sets.
  • Let the candles cool for several hours before cutting the wicks, putting on the lids and decorating, for example with string, ribbons or labels that you have created yourself.

Note: Essential oils add a more subtle scent than an artificial scent. Go ahead: rather than a few drops, opt for the teaspoon so that your candle has a more noticeable scent. At a minimum, pour at least fifteen drops. As far as essential oils are concerned, inform yourself precisely because some are flammable at a certain temperature. So be sure to choose essential oils that can be heated to a high enough temperature not to create any damage.

How to make natural colored candles for Christmas?

If you want to involve children in the making of your candles, the best way is to frankly introduce color! It could not be easier. If you have wax crayons and candles that you don’t use, even better. Because to make such candles, you mainly need wax shavings that you can recover from old candles and colored wax which will be obtained by melting a few pieces of pencils – obviously having to remove the labels beforehand. Ideal for making something new with old!

Materials and ingredients

  • Salvage wax
  • A knife to reduce your old candles to chips
  • Crayons in your favorite colors
  • Cotton wicks
  • Containers (jars, glasses, cups, etc.)
  • Boiling water

The procedure is the same as before with two ready exceptions: add colored wax and do not use essential oils. It is often said that essential oils are not recommended for young children. And if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, their use should also be avoided.

Add pieces of colored wax to your containers right from the start. They will melt and mix with your wax shavings. You can mix everything so as to have a homogeneous mixture. When it comes to filling your containers, have fun! One coat of one color, then pour in another of another color and so on. Many tutorials are available to you everywhere on the web.

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