Candle wax is melted at a high temperature and children will need supervising.
This is the easiest type of candle to make because most of the work is in the decoration of the candle holder.
You will need
- Candle containers (for example, cans or jars)
- Paraffin wax beads or blocks
- Candle scents or essential oils
- Wax crayons
- A small and a large old pot (the small one must fit on top of the large one)
- Old metal soup ladle
- Heat-resistant glass jug with a spout
- Paper to decorate the containers
- Double-sided tape
- Apron and oven gloves
- Wash the containers in hot, soapy water and rinse them out. Leave to dry.
- Boil enough water in the kettle to half-fill the large pot.
- Switch on a stove plate to medium heat and place the pot of water on the plate to keep the water hot.
- Fill your candle containers with wax beads or blocks so you know how much you need. Remember, the melted wax will have a smaller volume than the beads.
- Place the small pot on top of the large one and pour the wax beads into it. Leave the beads to melt stirring now and again to help the process along. Remember to wear an apron and oven gloves.
- Once the wax has melted you can colour it by adding pieces of wax crayon to it. Continue stirring until the wax crayon has also melted.
- Once the colour is uniform take the pot from the stove and put it on a heat-resistant surface. Add a few drops of candle scent or essential oil to the wax and stir it in.
- Arrange your candle containers in a row. Use a soup ladle to put some wax into a jug, then fill up the containers. Pour slowly and carefully so the wax doesn’t splash.
- Cut pieces of candlewick off, about twice as long as the depth of the containers. Twist one end around a pencil and rest the pencil across the mouth of the container so the other end hangs in the wax. Insert a wick into each candle and make sure that they all hang neatly in the middle. Leave until the wax has set completely.
- If the wax forms a dip in the middle of the candle, fill it up with a bit more melted wax. Repeat the process until the tops are level and then trim the wicks.
- Decorate your candle containers.
Make in the same way as the container candles, but pour the hot wax into a mould. After a while you can remove the mould.
- If you get wax on your clothes, scrape off as much as you can with a blunt knife, then place pieces of kitchen paper above and below the wax and iron with a hot iron so it melts and is absorbed by the paper towels.
- Ordinary white candles work just as well as paraffin wax beads. Carefully break each candle into pieces so that you can remove the wick in one piece before melting the candles.