How to Make a Soy Candle at Home

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For the crafty candle lover, making your own candles at home is easier than you might think. If you follow the instructions carefully, you can create enchantingly scented candles to give as gifts or use at home. Simplify the candle-making process more by using soy wax. Soy wax is easier to handle and prepare and can be scented without affecting the candle's consistency. Choose whatever scent you find most appealing and add it to the soy wax to make a personalized scented candle.

Things You'll Need

  • Jar
  • Mounted wick
  • Super glue
  • Soy wax flakes
  • Microwave-safe container
  • Measuring cup
  • Fragrance oil
  • Scissors
  • Clean a jar with water, inside and outside. Let the jar dry thoroughly.

  • Glue the wick onto the inside bottom of the dry jar. Dab a small amount of super glue onto the bottom of the wick's metal mount and press it against the glass for one minute.

  • Melt 2 cups of soy wax flakes in the microwave in a microwave-safe container. This should take about five minutes.

  • Check the soy flakes after five minutes to make sure they have melted completely.

  • Put the melted flakes into a measuring cup. You should have 15 fluid oz. of liquid soy flakes. If not, add more flakes to the cup until you reach 15 oz.

  • Add 1 oz. of fragrance oil to the wax flakes and mix until the oil disappears into the wax.

  • Pour the fragrance wax into the jar until it reaches the top of the jar.

  • Center the wick into the middle of the wax and let the wax set until it hardens. Trim the wick to a moderate length above the wax with scissors.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add coloring to the wax when you add the fragrance oil.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

References

  • Photo Credit candle image by Amjad Shihab from Fotolia.com
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