Christmas is on its way and you, like many other adults, want to tap into your creative side for the holidays. Wouldn’t it be great if you could not only occupy your time with making crafts, but also give them out as gifts? Candles are great for any occasion, but certain scents are perfect for the holidays! Candles are easy to make and don’t take all that much time. You can make candles that have wicks or you can do what I do- little mini candles or candle chips that go in a tealight holder.
You actually only need a few things:
Candle Wax (any scent will do)
Double Boiler or Candle Warmer (optional)
Some Type of Mold (Preferably Christmas related)
Oiled Wax Paper (optional)
One of my favorite parts about making little candle chips is that I can use every bit of every candle I buy. Instead of throwing away the remnants of a candle, I heat the wax through with a candle warmer and then pour it on oiled wax paper. From there I usually just break it up and put the pieces over a tealight. Of course, if you plan on using these as gifts or decoration, consider using a mold of some sort. I suggest maybe picking up a set of holiday cookie cutters. Simply put the cookies cutters on oiled wax paper and fill them with wax.
If your candles aren’t in jars you could always use a double boiler. But beware, wax is hard to get off pans sometimes and pouring wax down your sink will plug it up. Consider using an empty metal can of sorts to put the wax into instead of a pot. Of course only touch the can with oven mitts as the can will get hot.
If you don’t feel like using the previous two methods, consider simply lighting your candle and pouring the wax off into molds as the candle burns. This, of course, will take longer for large amounts.
Makes sure you give the new candles ample time to harden up. They may look solidified, but if you put pressure on them, they may squish. In order to get them out of molds (like my heart shape ice cube trays) you should run hot water along the bottom and sides. It will soften the outer layer of wax and will hopefully free it up. If this doesn’t work, try shimmying a knife between the wax and mold, but be careful not to make marks.
Once your candles are complete you can use them as gifts or decoration. When handing them out as gifts, consider putting them in little pouches if you made chips and possibly a gift box if you made a larder mould. Remember to handle with care if you have thinner, larger chips.
The scents I recommend for Christmas are any sweet pastry scents, pine tree or cedar scents, or just regular old vanilla. I personally enjoy minty scents, but you can choose whatever you’d like. If you feel like getting fancy, you can layer scents by waiting for each layer to at least partially solidify before pouring the next. If you are using white candles, consider adding crayon to the wax to add some nice color.