Wellness

How to Make This Chic Candle for Under $10


Jenny Brownlees

There's something so relaxing about burning a candle. Whether you're chilling out watching some feel-good TV or reading in the bath, the flicker of a flame and a beautiful scent can instantly lift your mood. Sure, you could buy a candle in the shops, but creating your very own personalized version is even better.

Making something yourself is so satisfying, plus you can customize everything from the jar and scent to the label. Even better, they make a super-thoughtful gift for a friend or a lovely pick-me-up from you to, well, you. This version can be made for under $10 a candle, so why not give it a try?

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Ingredients:

Wax pelletsВ (makes eight large or 12 small candles), $11

Pre-waxed wicksВ (pack of nine), $5

Gold jar, $3

Fragrance oilВ (we used clementine and prosecco), $12

Optional:В Wax dye, $7, and sticky-back A4В paper, $6

Tools:

Pan, bowl, kettle, scales, measuring jug, clothespin, and spoon

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1. Weigh Your Wax

For one candle,В add 80 grams of wax pellets to a glass bowl.

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2. Boil Water

Boil a kettle of water, and pour into your pan until it's half full. Place the glass bowl on top of the pan over a medium-heated pot.

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3. Melt Your Wax

Wax melts at around 55Вє, which takes around five toВ 10 minutes.

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4. Add Fragrance Oils

Add 10 drops (or less, if desired) of fragrance oil to the melting wax. If desired, add two to three shards of colored wax dye.

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5. Attach the Wick to Your Jar

Take a pre-waxed wick, and dip it into the melted waxВ in your pan.

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Quickly place this firmly in the center of your glass jar.

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6. Peg Your Wick in Place

Thread the top of the wick through the hole in your clothespin. Balance this on the jar to keep the wick in position.

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7. Transfer the Wax to a Jug

Transfer your melted wax into a measuring jug for easy pouring into the jar.

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8. Pour the Wax, and Leave to Set

Pour around the wick carefully, and leave to set for at least four hours (preferably overnight).

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The wax will turn from clear to solid once completely set.

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9. Make Your Label

If you want to add a label, you can download our template here. Save and print onto your sticky-back paper.

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The simple black-and-white print looks seriously chic.В

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10. Fix Your Label

Once printed, cut out with scissors to fit your jar. Peel off the back, and press down firmly.

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All done. Enjoy!