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DIY Candles: Make Your own Candles with Leftovers

Making your own DIY candles with the leftover wax from your previously bought wax lights offers a fun, cheap, and sustainable way to recycle and to decorate your home. What’s even better is the fact that it is extremely easy and almost no items are needed. DIY candles offer a great activity to fill up your Sunday afternoon and, once ready, they are sure to add some (personal) style to your household. Throughout this blog post, LANGRIA will take you step by step through the process of making your own candle tins.  

Make your own DIY candles:

 First things first. Before we can make our own DIY candles, we first need to make sure that we have all the necessary items. For this project, you will need:  
  • Leftover candle wax from old candles
  • Pot + ''inner-pot''
  • A small container (IMPORTANT: use a strong container that is able to hold the hot wax and can also withstand heat when the candle is lit! Personally, I like to use small tins made of metal because of their stylish, modern, and industrial look. You can also use glass jars, for example. Please do not use paper or cardboard!)
  • Long Spoon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Little Sticks (long toothpicks or chopsticks will do)
  • Candle Wicks
  • Optional: scented essential oils, glitters, food coloring
Once you have collected all your items, simply follow these 8 easy steps to turn your leftover materials into some stylish DIY candles.  

Step 1:

The first thing you’ll have to do when starting with your DIY candles is to grab an old pot and fill it up halfway with water. Then, place the ''inner-pot'' (see picture) over the water. Make sure that the water is just below the inner-pot but does not touch it. After this, place both pots on your stove and heat up the water until it starts to boil.  

Step 2:

In the meanwhile, while waiting for the water to boil, you can decide whether and which color and smell you like to add to your DIY candles. Keep in mind that, if you use the leftover wax of old candles with a dark color, you can only change their color to something darker than the original. Also, be careful with mixing different color wax from old candles. When you do so, you are likely to end up with a dark brown color which may not be to the liking of everybody out there. Preferably, you work with white or yellow candle wax as these light colors can be easily changed into something else. Once the water is boiling, you can lower the temperature of your stove. The boiling water has now sufficiently warmed up the inner-pot to melt the candle wax. Slowly pour some of the left-over wax into your inner-pot and wait for it to melt. This process takes around 2 to 5 minutes. (Tip: before throwing your leftover wax into the pot, it is a smart idea to cut it into smaller pieces. This helps it to melt significantly faster)

Step 4:

After a while, you will see that the wax becomes liquid. At this point, you can choose to add food coloring in order to change the color of your DIY candles. If you are fond of scented candles, you can also add some essential oils with the scent of your liking. For extra decoration, you can add glitters. After you have added all the ingredients, let your wax boil for a couple more minutes.  

Step 5:

Now you’re ready to take the liquid wax off the gas and let it cool down for just a second. In the meanwhile, take your small tin (or any other type of container of your liking) and place the wick into the middle. It is smart to use some glue to attach the wick to the bottom of your container to make sure it stays in place. Now, carefully pour the hot and liquid wax into your small metal container.  

Step 6:

You can now use some chopsticks or long toothpicks to secure candle wick and make sure it stays in place while your wax hardens. This is also the perfect moment to add some extra glitters or any other type of decoration to your DIY candles in order to fully personalize them to your liking. After this, you want for your wax to harden. This takes around one to four hours depending on the size of your candle.

Step 7:

After you have completed the steps above, your first DIY candle is practically done. While you wait for the wax of your first candle to harden, you can repeat the same steps to make more candles with different colors, sizes, smells, and decorations.  

Step 8:

Once the wax of your DIY candles is fully hardened, there is only one thing left to do - cut off the wick at the right length. Normally, you’d like to cut it off at the same height of the top of your tin container, approximately 0.5 to 1cm above the candle wax. After this, your DIY candles are ready to be used!  

EXTRA:

Depending on your personal taste, you can customize the look of your containers. You can, for example, fancy them up by using stickers, or paper etiquettes. Personally, I have chosen not to change the look of my tin containers as I like the modern and industrial look of these metal tins.   After completing your DIY candles, all that’s left to do is light them up and enjoy their beauty. Making your own wax lights offers you a perfect way to reuse some of your leftover items. If you’re looking for a fun activity to fill up your Sunday afternoon, making DIY candles is a great way to go. Whether you do it alone, with friends, or with your children - this activity is sure to keep you entertained. Once ready, your DIY candles will add some personal style to your household and they are sure to create a cozy and romantic environment when they are lit. For more fun do-it-yourself projects, please subscribe to our LANGRIA DIY Blog. We will upload new DIY projects as well as home decoration ideas and news on a weekly basis.

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