DIY: Homemade Candles

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Every year we try and think of a thoughtful, yet inexpensive gift to get all the people in our lives like teachers, dance instructors, neighbors, and friends. The list is usually long, so we’ve learned that if we make a large “batch” of something it is much, much simpler than buying for every person individually. Last year we made homemade vanilla extract. It was super simple and pretty to hand out. This year we tried our hand at making candles, and I was surprised at how simple it actually was. I read several posts, like this one, which explained in detail how to make these candles. Then we gave it a try. I’ll share with you our process below (with a few tips we learned along the way)

First gather all of your products that you’ll need:

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  • Wax (we use soy wax because it burns clean). We found this wax works really well.Wicks. We used these.
  • Containers. We saved glass jars and cans and purchased some new mason jars. You can really use any heat safe container. You will need approximately 1 pound of wax per 16oz container.
  • Hot glue gun (if your wicks aren’t self adhesive).
  • Essential Oils to scent your candles (optional, but we burn a lot of candles and I like them to give off an aroma). We chose a pure essential oil, because other chemical fragrances can either be harmful to breathe in or give people headaches.
  • Stove or burner.
  • Pouring pitcher.

Here is our process:

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  1. Adhere your wicks to the bottoms of the containers.
  2. Secure the top of your wicks in the middle of the container. We simply wrapped the wick around popsicle sticks, but you can buy these if you want.
  3. Make a double boiler with the pouring pitcher in a large pot of water.
  4. Heat water and continue stirring as your wax begins to melt. Time will vary depending on how much you are melting at once (approximately 10 mins for a 2 pound batch)
  5. Add your fragrance. Let wax cool to between 100-110 degrees fahrenheit before adding essential oils as to not damage or burn the oil.
  6. Pour into your containers without moving the wick.
  7. Allow to dry and harden over night.

You are done! If you want to add a personal touch, attach a handmade label and pretty little bow. ENJOY!

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Elisa is a native Arizonan by birth and a Seattleite by heart. She is a wise, spirited woman who loves feeling the sun on her face, but also enjoys cold rainy days, complete with a cup of coffee and a good book or conversation. After graduating with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and seeing clients for a time, she took a hiatus to love on, play with, and offer copious amounts of hugs to our little girls, Malia and Jayden. She is now back working at Socorro Counseling and Consulting in Downtown Phoenix. Unafraid to laugh at herself and able to see the beauty in others, she makes everyone feel at ease, making her a genuine friend, therapist, and wife. Give her a cute pattern and a sewing machine or some spray paint and a piece of furniture and they are surely to be transformed into some warm piece of art that brightens our living space. She also finds creativity in cooking, making household cleaners, and anything Pinterest. In short, Elisa is stylish, wise, thoughtful, creative woman who makes everyone around her a better person, including her husband (who wrote this bio).

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