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Easy DIY Christmas Candles with #24DaysOfWren


Everybody loves candles - especially this time of year when you can light one to make your room feel extra cosy. I've been challenged by Wren Kitchens for their #24DaysofWren festive calender to come up with my own festive DIY favourite and mine is, of course, a lovely little candle.

Candles make wonderful presents and they are really quite easy to make. As some of you may or may not know, I have started my own shop called The Wonderland Candle Company, selling book-inspired scented candles, so I know a thing or two about making a fantastic candle and I'm going to share my method to make your own, super simple Christmas candles.





What you'll need:
  • Soy Wax (The Container type, usually called CB Soya Wax)
  • Small saucepan
  • Measuring Jugs
  • Weighting scales
  • Containers for the candle - this can be anything from a jam jar, a tea cup or an old tin can!
  • Candle wicks (Make sure you buy these pre-waxed) and glue dots
  • Sugar thermometer
  • Things to decorate the candle with - I'm using festive Washi tape
  • Equipment to stir with - this can be a spatula or an old spoon, just try to avoid metal objects as the wax sticks to them too easily.
  • Optional: Fragrance oils

Method:
  1.  First of all, you need to decide how much wax you'll need. It's really easy to work out, no matter what container you decide to use. All you do is fill your container with water to the level you'd like the wax. Measure the water then multiply this amount by 0.8. For example, if your container holds 25ml of water, then you multiply 25 by 0.8 to get the grams of wax needed.
  2. Next, prepare your containers. The beauty of this DIY candle is you can use pretty much any container you can think of - I've used old jam jars and old tin cans for candles before but today I'm making some tea lights out of old Lush lip scrub jars. Use a Glue dot to stick your wick to the bottom of the glass - make sure it's nice and straight in the middle of the glass.
  3. Weigh out wax and pop it into a glass bowl. Set up a bain marie by filling a small saucepan with 1/3 of water and set it over the hob to start boiling. Then place the glass bowl over the top. The wax will begin to melt. The time it takes varies but it's a good idea to have a thermometer to check how hot it's getting - soy wax melts at 85 C/185 F so if you can get your wax to around that temperature then you're doing well. Once it's fully melted, take the bowl away from the heat.
  4. Now if you'd like to add a scent, this is the time to do it. It is optional so if you want to skip this bit, head to the next step. This is the hardest bit of candle making as if the wax is too hot or cold, the fragrance won't mix very well. Generally, I wait for it to cool down around 10 - 20 F to the melting temperature. So, if my wax melted at 185 F, I'd add the fragrance at 165 F. The amount of fragrance is dependent on how much wax. I usually find about 2 - 4 teaspoons of fragrance is enough for a small jam jar size candle. Mix fragrance thoroughly.
  5. Once the wax has cooled for a few seconds, pour it into your containers. Make sure that the wick is kept straight whilst the wax is cooling down. The candles usually take a couple of hours to set - I actually leave mine for at least 24 hours before burning it.
  6. Next is the fun bit - decorating! For my tea lights, I took the Lush labels off and used some Christmas patterned washi tape to wrap around them. I got the tape from Ikea - it comes in a few colours and you get three rolls of tape per pack which is great! You could also make your candle glittery - all you do for this is dip half of the jar in a pot of PVA glue, let the excess drip off, then dip the glue half into a pot of glitter. Stand it upside down and then allow it to dry. There are loads of creative ways to decorate candles
There you have it! Sounds complicated but it was super simple, right? Candles are so quick to make and they are always happily received by friends and family... they are especially impressed when you say you've made the whole thing your self! 

Let me know in the comments if you're going to have a go at making these. Make sure you check out all of the other Christmas inspired home posts on the Wren Kitchens' advent calendar by clicking here, plus keep an eye on the hash tag #24DaysOfWren to find some other festive DIY finds this Christmas :)

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*Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Wren Kitchens, using all of my own ideas. I was not paid to write this post.*

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