Interested in making your Christmas gifts this year? Here’s a step by step guide with tips on how to make your own candles. One evening I got very involved with candles. It all started out as a light-hearted activity I was going to do but ended in a creative candle competition against myself which inspired me to test numerous colour schemes to see what looks best.

The best thing about making candles, whatever room you do this in it will smell amazing for hours afterwards.

Here’s some tips on how to

  1. Sink holes are problems although they are normal. Don’t pour all the mixture in, because wax sinks creating theses holes. This is important for coloured to get the smooth texture when making candles.
  2. If you are using dye to colour it then only use a small amount.
  3. Mess is going to happen, wax is very hard to get off. Be careful. Old newspapers work well.
  4. Don’t use your own cooking pans to heat the wax. We heated up some food in one after thinking we had cleaned it. Potentially disastrous and embarrassing.
  5. Buy a metal jug to melt your wax in. It’s fun because no unnecessary wax is spilt.

Use wax Crayola’s, put them in the microwave for a minute or two.

The candles could even double as someone’s Christmas gift.

Use popsicle sticks to hold the wick up as you pour in the wax so you can leave them to set.


Soy wax

Candle wick

Popsicle stick


Frankincense Essential Oil

Pine Essential Oil

Glass candle holders

Glass measuring cup (for easy pouring with hot water)


Here Are the Steps You Need to Take

Step 1

First of all, melt the wax, start with a few cups of the wax pellets in a glass bowl in a saucepan half full of water.

Step 2

The wax should now be melting, at this point add essential oils. Add at least 25 drops of each scent.

Step 3

The wax is now melted, add a small portion just to cover the bottom of the candle glasses. Hold the wick in place until the wax has cooled and gone solid.

Step 4

Pour the rest of the wax in and use popsicle sticks to hold the wick in the centre whilst it sets. This can take up to 45 minutes, but will make your house smell amazing. If youre running low on time put them in the fridge.

Step 5

Use cinnamon, rosemary and sage to tie string around the jars otherwise they smell like   Christmas but they don’t look the part!

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