A few basic candle making supplies is all you need to turn out dozens of realistic cinnamon bun candles. Follow these candle making instructions that are simple to learn and easy to repeat giving you an edge on unique gifts for giving or keep them for yourself. Adjusting the amount of wax and the size of the strips can lead to many possibilities with this unusual candle making idea.
Cinnamon Bun Candle Making Materials
The following candle making materials are not the ordinary candle making supplies. That is what makes this a unique technique to learn. After learning the basic process to make cinnamon bun candles, many different styles and size cinnamon bun candles can be made. Before beginning the art of cinnamon bun candle making gather these candle supplies:
crock pot with temperature control
paraffin pillar candle wax
brown candle color block
cinnamon bun scent
9″ x 13″ metal pan
non-stick cooking spray
The cinnamon can be found in the cooking aisle at a local grocery store. Also, after the crock pot, metal dipper, wooden spoon, and metal pan have been used to make candles they can no longer be used for food. You can find the candle making wax, color block, scent, and wicks at local craft supply stores. If unavailable, there are numerous on-line candle making suppliers.
As a basic guide, it takes about 1 to 1 ½ ounces of scent to 1 pound of wax. The amount of scent can be adjusted to a lighter scent by adding less. It is not advised to add more scent to the wax as it can cause a lot of smoke when burning the finished candle.
Cinnamon Bun Candle Making Instructions
To begin making cinnamon bun candles turn the crock pot temperature dial to 215 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the instructions on the wax box as some waxes have a lower melting point than others. Add wax to the pot. While the wax is melting prepare the metal pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle cinnamon over it. The pan only needs to be sprayed lightly.
Next, lay out a sheet of wax paper about one foot long to set the candles on when rolled. When wax is completely melted, turn the temperature control to off. Let cool about two minutes. Add brown color block shavings into melted wax and stir. The wax will only need to be tinted a nice tan color and not brown. Now, add scent and stir. Dip or pour melted wax into the metal pan. Fill pan with wax until about 1/4 inch deep, the thickness can be change when you gain more experience. Let cool.
This is the tricky part. Using a plastic knife, cut strips 2 to 3 inches wide long ways in the pan. Lift up the edge of one strip to see if it has harden enough to roll, but can still be easily handled without cracking or breaking. If the wax has hardened enough, begin by rolling the wax from one side of the pan to the other like you are rolling a jelly roll. Lift the roll out of the pan. Using your finger, gently push the middle of the roll slightly up to make a more natural cinnamon bun look and set it on the wax paper. Continue until all strips have been made into rolls.
Finishing the Cinnamon Bun Candles and Other Tips
Once all the rolls have cooled, push one pre-tabbed candle wick through the center hole of the roll and set back down on the wax paper. Melt a small amount of wax. This wax will need to be left white. If there is tan colored wax left in the pot and the white wax needs to be melted, it can be poured into the metal pan for later. The wax will pop out of the pan and can be remelted when needed. Scent can be added, if desired.
Once the white wax has completely melted, turn off the temperature control. Let the white wax cool until a film skims the top, then dip it out and pour over each of the cinnamon rolls to resemble white icing letting it dribble down the sides. The white icing will also run down the middle of the roll and around the wick. The cooled hardened wax will hold the wick in place and the cinnamon bun candle will be complete.
Depending on how thick you want the cinnamon bun layers to be will depend on how deep the wax should be poured and how wide the strips should be cut. Some candle makers make mini-cinnamon buns without the wicks to add to potpourri or make huge six-inch tall skinny cinnamon bun candles to burn. Play around with different sizes to decide which is your favorite.