I’ve mentioned before about my love for candles and as someone who enjoys crafts I thought I’d give it a go to make some. I picked up this candle making kit from Hobbycraft a while ago and totally forgot about it until I was having a clear out.

The kit comes with everything you need to make the candles on the front of the box but I decided to use a jar from a previous candle rather than the moulds in the kit. I bought some essential oils to add to the candle mix so I could play around with fragrances, I bought blackberry and vanilla from this seller on eBay.

Melting the wax chips is fairly simple, it’s like melting chocolate over a bain-marie. I then added a squeeze of each oil (I had no idea how much to add but wanted it to smell lovely!) to the melted wax chips. I got the wick ready in the jar and then poured the wax in to cool. The tricky part I found was keeping the wick in the middle of the candle, I used two skewers tied together keeping the wick in-between and balanced over the jar.

Then as I was feeling smug with my candle making skills I noticed that as the wax was setting the centre of the candle was starting to sink and once completely set had sunk quite a bit. After doing a bit of research I’ve found that can happen and I was probably a bit gung ho with my approach to candle making as it appears there is a bit more science behind melting wax!

Sink hole aside I was pretty please with my candle, I’ve had it burning in the lounge for  a few days and the smell is beautiful, perfect for those cosy nights in!

 

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  1. I love making candles out of my old ones – I’ll save them, melt them down and turn them into one big new one (with mixed results – some fragrances just don’t mix well, ha!).
    Couple of tips – for the sink hole, try wrapping foil around the top of the jar while it burns (it’ll help the wax around the top melt and even it out), and try superglueing the wick to the bottom and tying it around a pencil/skewer resting on the top to make it easier to keep in the centre 🙂

    Misia xx | gowashyourface.com

    • Love and Blossom

      Thank you – I’ll try that out next time Good idea about using old candles, there is always a little bit left at the bottom!

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