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How to Make Soy Candles | An Easy Winter DIY for the Home
This post will teach you how to make soy candles easily this winter to brighten your home. It’s part of our January Seasonal Living Challenge to get the most from this month’s seasonal vibe with food, in the garden, in our homes, and for our personal wellness. Join us!
A couple pounds of melted soy wax can turn recycled heatproof containers into lovely bright spots in your winter home. It will take about 2 hours, doesn’t make much mess, and the end result lasts for hours.
Heatproof Containers for Making Soy Candles
Learning how to make soy candles doesn’t have to be expensive. Recycled heatproof containers include spent candles (that’s what I used), mason jars, coffee mugs, tea cups…basically, anything that can hold a hot beverage can become your homemade soy candle container. REcycling this way is good for the environment and your pocketbook! Measure their volume by filling with water and pouring into a measuring cup. The way we will come to the amount of soy wax to use is 1 ounce by volume in the container = 1 ounce by weight of the wax. My containers were 8 ounces each, and I have 4 total so I will weigh out 2 pounds of soy wax.
I placed these used candle holders in boiling water and let them rest until the water was cool enough to touch but still hot. Then I took an old rag and wiped them down, especially on the inside. I recleaned the outsides once the project was complete.
DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this candle making DIY project requires more skill than basic kitchen skills. That being said, let’s be careful folks. Boiling water and hot wax can be dangerous if not handled with care. Bee mindful and careful!???
Your Supply List for Homemade Soy Candles
Now that you have found and cleaned your containers, pull together these supplies and set aside about 2 hours for this homemade candle making DIY project.
- Soy Wax
- Double boiler, either a real one or make one by placing a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water (see hotlink below for instructions).
- Candy Thermometer
- Dish Towels
- Kitchen Scale and Bowl
- Wicks and Wax Adhesive
- A Mixing Spoon You Don’t Mind Waxing Up
The Soy Candle Making Process
- Clean your containers, as detailed above.
- Set a bowl on your scale, turn it on to tare the weight. Measure your soy wax. Remember, 1 liquid ounce of candle volume = 1 ounce by weight, so I cup volume equals 8 ounces by weight.
- Set up the double boiler. I found a nifty antique double boiler at the thrift shop, but you can safely and easily create one with a bowl and a pan of boiling water like this.
- Melt your wax. Once melted place your thermometer in the pot/bowl and wait for the temperature to drop to 140 degrees.
- While waiting for the wax to cool, place the wicks in your containers by adding a dab of the wax adhesive to the bottom of the wicks and securing them to the bottom of the containers. (Trick – If the wicks are off center take a screwer and place it over the top of the containers as a rest to center the wicks. You can do this with masking tape, too.)
- When the wax is at 140 degrees, carefully pour into your containers. (If you want to add fragrance, stir in when the wax is at 140 degrees, but before you pour into the containers. Candle fragrance is stronger than essential oils, your choice.)
- Let candles rest in place for 24 hours, trim wick to 1/4 inch. Boil water in your tea kettle, place your candles in the sink and rinse the outside of our candles with the hot water to melt off any dripped wax. (Watch your fingers!)
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More for January Seasonal Living
Play this list on Spotify in the background while you work.
Light your candle and grab one of these books from the January reading list to relax and enjoy.
Maybe even make a Hot Toddy to really sink into relax mode.
While you are at the cooktop, make this cheap and easy potpourri!
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