When it comes to home decor, candles can bring a fresh look and cozy feel to any room - especially if you’ve decided to make some yourself! While store candles can be expensive and may contain harmful chemicals, DIY candles are safer, cheaper to make, and, not to mention, unique!
If you’re looking for unique, homemade candle ideas, look no further! We’ve covered all your related questions like how you can make beautiful candles, what objects can you put in candles, and is it safe to use fruits in candles for your DIY projects? Find out the answer to these and more below.
How to make candles
First things first, let’s see how to make candles like a pro. Roxy Epoxy’s candle-making kit makes building perfect candles from scratch a piece of cake! We’ve got everything you need in our kit. All you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Prepare the ingredients for melting
Stick the glue dot to the bottom of the wick. Stick the wick to the bottom of the tin and fixate it to the center device. Pour the soy wax into the melting pot.
Step 2: Heat and stir
Add the fragrance oil into the melting wax when the temperature of the mix is 180 - 184 degrees F (82 - 85 C). Keep stirring for 90 - 120 seconds until the wax and fragrance oil have fully dissolved. Remove from heat and test the temperature.
Step 3: Let the wax cure properly
Pour the composition into the candle tin and wait about 45 minutes until it’s solidified. Cut the wick to a suitable length.
Objects to decorate your candles with
Not only are they a great way to personalize your house, but homemade candles can also be a great gift. Just imagine your loved one's beaming smile when they receive a gift smelling like their favorite thing!
That being said, we’ve gathered some of the questions you may have about candles with things inside.
Is it safe to put flowers in candles? Yes, you can mix flower petals with the melted wax before pouring. Remember that petals emit a fair amount of smoke, so make sure to place them as far away as possible from the wick. The same applies to dried fruit.
If you’d also like to try creating a special ornament, check out our 5-step guide on how to make floating candle centerpieces with flowers.
Rosemary and herbs
Can I put fresh rosemary in a candle? Yes, you can bring the smell of nature into your home with dried herbs, such as rosemary and thyme. Fresh lavender, lilac, and jasmine are also alternatives often used in aromatherapy candles.
Is it safe to put glitter in candles? This depends on the type of glitter you plan on using.
When you burn your candle, the glitter will mix in with the melted wax. Regular glitter is made of plastic or polymers, which are inflammable. Melted or burnt plastic is extremely toxic to humans and animals. To prevent a fire hazard or harming your health, choose a glitter made from non-flammable materials. Fine glitter is the best choice for coating the sides of your candle too.
Traditionally, gemstones are charged with symbolism and energy. And a crystal can definitely make your candles even more special. You can place a crystal inside the wax and have something to enjoy after the candle has burned. Any size gem can work as long as it fits inside the candle you’re making.
Keep in mind that you should avoid artificial gemstones, as they might be chemically unfit for the candle and may not heat well.
A great addition to any candle, dried fruits emit beautiful aromas without the candle even being lit. Oranges, limes, and apples are commonly used to enhance candles.
Slice the fruits into about 5-7mm slices. Dry them for around 1 hour at 212°F (100°C) and then turn the fruits over and let them dry for another 30 minutes. Lastly, place the core of the candle inside a mold and put the dried fruits and dried flowers around the candle’s core.
How to use food extracts to scent candles
Yes, you can use food extracts to scent your candles. Vanilla, almond, orange or lemon extract are among the most popular choices and can be easily found in grocery stores.
Remember not to add the scent to the hot wax too long before pouring the candle. Add your scents as the wax is being poured from the boiler to the candle mold. For a nice scent, add about seven eye dropperfuls.
Spices and candles
Nutmeg and cinnamon-based scents are often used in Christmas candles. As previously mentioned, you can also use dried herbs to scent your candles. Add ½ teaspoon to the jar and mix them with oil.
By choosing your favorite scents or objects to embed your candles with, you can make a room feel more welcoming and give it a special vibe. Turn your candle-making projects into real works of art and prove there’s a candle for everything!