{Dainty Candles} i try diy

This is probably my favorite project thus far. I mean, who doesn't love candles? 

After seeing this pin, I set out to venture into the world of candle-making once and for all. Ps- now I'm a little overly-obsessed. 

What I used:

  • Soy wax flakes
  • Fragrance oil 
  • Cotton wicks 
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Measuring cup 
  • Oven mit
  • Assorted teacups & ceramic thing-a-ma-bobs

You can definitely find all of these supplies online for a much better deal, but I purchases my wax flakes, wicks, and fragrance oil at Michaels. I opted for soy wax because it burns clean, meaning the candles won't produce that yucky black soot on the top of the jar or container (as most paraffin wax candles do).

I also used popsicle sticks because I already had them but you can use chopsticks, pencils, really anything that will lay flat on top of the cups and hold up the wicks.  

Again, I dove into the house ware section at Goodwill and came across a pretty decent selection of candle-worthy containers. 

First thing you want to do is wash and completely dry the cups. Water drops wont mix with the wax (duh) and can cause funky bubbles in your candles. 

{Side note} Check out the price tags on these babies. 

Next, prep each cup so that the wick is nicely centered and secure. I put a drop of hot glue on the bottom for extra hold. 

Measure out the wax flakes (I pretty much "eyeballed" this part). But the rule of thumb is that wax flakes melt down to about half their volume. So 1 full cup of wax flakes melts down to approx. 1/2 a cup of ready-to-pour wax. 

I used a microwave to melt the wax in 1 minute increments, stirring with a popsicle stick in between. WARNING: the pyrex measuring cup gets hotter than hot so keep an oven mitt or towel nearby. 

Once the wax is melted, add your fragrance oil (I used sweet pea) and stir really well. Like really, really well. You want to distribute the fragrance evenly and make sure the wax drinks it up. 

After you've added the fragrance, start pouring into your cups. 

Assembly line success! 

As the wax starts to cool, it will change color slowly. 

After a few hours, your candles should have set nicely and turned white. I trimmed the wicks down a bit and then ran for the nearest lighter. 

Would you just look at the level of cute-ness here?

These also make great gifts, as you can always customize the scents to the person you're gifting them to, and they are technically hand made with love, so that adds instant wow factor as well. 

Check out the  mini mason jar candles I made as favors for this years secret santa party:

Happy Holidays!! 

If you try this DIY, post a picture on Instagram and tag me using #WeekendDIY or #itryDIY 

Xx Laura