Make candles yourself basically means either pouring or pulling candles. Depending on what you prefer, you can easily master original DIY candles. These are not only to be used as a mood maker at home, but also to give away. Beautiful candles are generally among the most popular gift ideas for every occasion – Advent, Christmas, birthday or just because of love and affection. Based on the simple instructions in today’s article and with a little hand skill and with a minimum of time, you are able to make a lot of atmospheric DIY candles yourself. You can put them in different containers, such as tin cans, old preserving jars, porcelain containers, shells and the like. Pour and decorate afterwards.
Advent, Advent, a little light is burning, but then please environmentally friendly!
Petroleum… paraffin… environmental sins? Who? Not me! Well, even with the burning light for Advent and Christmas, unfortunately, we usually commit small sins against our climate. Even many of the organic candles are not completely harmless, because most contain namely Palm oil in itself. What can you do about it? Just pour candles!
You have two options. Either to use oils and waxes that contain no earth or palm oil or to melt old candle remnants and convert them into new DIY candles. Take a look at the alternatives to conventional candle wax below.
Candles pour in the ball Mason glass is one of our clear favorites
Environmentally friendly alternatives when pouring or buying candles:
- soy wax
- coconut oil
- Renewable biomass – z. B. Biotral
- Sunflower oil
- old candles leftovers
Many organic shops and markets offer pretty DIY-style candles
Usual materials when pouring candles
As already mentioned, you can, depending on your taste and desire, use a lot of containers for your DIY candles – old vessels, jars, cans, natural materials, etc. Depending on the season and occasion, these containers are also decorated after casting. Let your creativity run free and give your home-made candles the finishing touch. Sisal, craft yarn, wrapping paper, ribbons, little hearts, fir green, cones or shells – practically everything is perfect for it. You can of course also design the containers in a desired color or beautify them with the napkin technique.
In addition, when casting a candle you basically need the following:
- old wax and candle remains
- popular vessels – canning jars, tins, porcelain cups, shells…
- Candle wick, preferably with a metal base
- a larger pot and a spoon to stir
- an empty tin can or a smaller bowl
- a pair of scissors for cutting the wick
Just make original gifts yourself
Basic instructions for a DIY candle in mason jar
That’s basically what your result looks like
- For coloring the candles, you can give rubbed wax crayons or candle paint to the wax.
- For a beguiling fragrance perfect ethereal fragrance oils as well as various herbs and spices are suitable.
- Melt the wax better not directly in the pot, but at low heat in a water bath. For that you need the smaller bowl.
- If you did not buy a finished wick from the craft shop, use cotton yarn that you dip into the wax in advance and then let it air dry for a short time.
- If you do not have or would like to use pots for pouring, then you can make the desired candle shape in some damp sand by hand and fill it with the melted wax.
- Empty toilet paper rolls are also very well suited for candle casting, as these are carefully removed by you after the wax has cooled off.
Choose your favorite fragrance or combine several of them to your heart’s content
For example, lemon and rosemary would be a top choice
Just use all your craft and creativity and make original and scented DIY gifts by pouring candles! As you have already seen, it is easy and fast.
Have fun and a good luck!
A nice holiday season and a Merry Christmas!
Decorate with colorful yarn and natural materials
Colorful sugar sprinkles are also a great, festive decoration idea
Just like painting the jars
DIY candles with lavender are a true classic
These are very easy to do and fit every feast
Colorful DIY candles pour from old wax scraps
Or do you prefer light pastel colors?
And how about a bit of a Far Eastern Zen feeling?
Playfully, you can also decorate the candles in boho style
Or rather in nostalgic shabby chic…
And why not bright autumnal in gold and red?