How To Make Luxury Scented Candles At Thrifty Prices
The Sweet Smell Of Coffee Shop Pastries In A Candle
Do you need to make some thrifty gifts that require next to no skill but look and smell lovely? How about the big cousin of my Teeny Tiny Teacup Candles – these big, sweet pastry-scented Coffee Cup Candles?
They cost me under £3 each to make, using cups from B&M Bargains (£2) and candle-making supplies ordered easily from Amazon. If you are buying supplies from scratch this will set you back around £9. So if you only make one candle it is going to cost you over £10. Hmmm… The only sensible option is to make loads of candles! Lots of gifts in one go, and your home will smell amazing while you make them.
If you can heat a can of soup and pour it into a mug, then you can definitely make these candles. You don’t need specialist equipment. And because you are using a high concentration of good quality specialist scent oils your candles will have a luxurious fragrance. High end product, low end price – thrifty or what?
How To Make Patisserie Scented Candles
All you need…
A plastic jug to melt your wax in – one that fits in your microwave oven. No microwave? A plastic bowl set snugly inside a pot of water on the stove top works too.
Wax I have used soya wax rather than petroleum based wax here – partly for eco-reasons, partly because it burns slower and makes your tiny candles last longer, and partly because it melts at a low temperature which makes for speedier and safer candle-making.
Wicks You can buy wick by the metre but it is simpler and quicker to buy pre-waxed wicks which are attached to their sustainers already. (That’s the little metal disks in the picture to the left.)
Glue dots Glue dots make attaching your wicks to your containers a doddle. (And they are handy for all sorts of other things too.)
Scent oil I have used oils from Whicksnwhacks Bakery Scented Oil collection, purchased on Amazon. I made some with Coffee Caramel Cream, some with Chocolate Cake and lots with Gingerbread. They all smell delicious. A set of six oils sets you up for months of making gloriously scented candles – but it also sets you back by £13.99. If you are planning on making just a few candles try an individual bottle of scent oil like this gingerbread one for £4.99. That is a lot of money if you only plan to make a couple of candles but good value if you want to make a whole batch of high-end scented candles – it’s the quality and quantity of the fragrance oil that makes the difference between a cheap candle and a pricey one.
Containers I bought big coffee cups for £1.99 each from B&M Bargains but you could also use plain jam jars. You could even use the Jam Labelizer (my favourite website of 2015) to create a cute label for your jars.
And all you do…
- Before you begin, work out how much wax you will need by filling your containers with water and then emptying them into a measuring jug. Make a note of the volume of water this produces – you will need the same volume of melted wax.
- Start by attaching glue dots to the bottom of each wick. Peel the backing off the attached dot to give you a sticky wick base. Pop this into your container and centre it before pressing it gently into place. Put your containers on a baking tray and pop them all in the oven at 50° centigrade
to warm. This will help your wax to stick to the container.
- Put some wax into a plastic jug. Put the jug in the microwave at full power and heat for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave again for 1 minute. Repeat until it has all melted. Check the volume – if it is less than you need add more solid wax and repeat the heating process until you have enough.
- Take the cups out the oven. Stir your scent oil into the molten wax. Follow the instructions on your oil label for this – too much oil will stop your candle burning properly, too little will stop the scent spreading far and wide when the candle burns. Different brands specify different amounts. If your oil does not specify an amount, aim for about 10% of the volume of wax you are using.
- Pour the wax into your cups. Hold the wicks in place with whatever you have handy – I went for the expensive and high-tech option of using pencils. Whatever you use, make sure you have it ready before you start making your candles. Once the wax starts to set you don’t want to be gently wiggling your wax – it creates unsightly gaps around the wick. In the event that you do indulge in wanton wax wiggling, you can always melt a little wax later and pour it into the gaps.
- When the wax has set, trim the wicks. Stand back and admire your handiwork, taking a deep nose-breath as you do so. Feels good, doesn’t it?
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