Kelly kicked things off when she sent me photos of some lovely candles she made, and I thought I would share them with you here… Then while writing this page a thought struck me, why not pop a form at the bottom of this page and see how many others would like to post photos of their own Candle DIY. Post yours here.
Making A Homemade Stacked Candle
By Kelly (Hants)
A Stacked Candle is a very quick and easy candle diy, you don’t need to use a mold or any dye yet it looks extremely striking when it’s placed on a dark plate or candle stand.
I used paraffin wax that comes ready mixed with stearin, which gives it that brilliant white look and ensures the candle burns for longer. A primed wick with a wick sustainer attached.
Step 1: Melt the wax up to 180f (82c) and then pour into a baking tray or a square cake pan making it about a 1/2 inch thick.
Step 2: Once cool but still soft, turn the wax out and cut into even squares using a ruler and craft knife.
Step 3: With a sharp object make a hole in the centre of each square, then thread the wick through the squares, stacking one on top of the other and placing them at an angle.
So there you have it, a very simple yet effective way of making a homemade candle. Next time I’m going to try adding some glitter for an interesting finish.
A DIY Hurricane Candle Shell
By Kelly (Hants)
I’ve recently had a go at making my own hurricane candle shell. I’m not exactly what you would call experienced at candle making, so I’m quite proud of how it has turned out. Anyway here is how I made it.
- Firstly, I think I should mention that I used a ready mixed paraffin and stearin wax to make this hurricane candle shell. But these days you can buy paraffin wax pre-mixed for candles.
- Take a large container, it can be round or square it doesnt really matter as long as its heat resistant and wont leak.
- Heat the wax up 180f/80c and then pour it into your container.
- Wait until it has cooled sufficiently for a layer of wax to have formed around the edges (about 5mm/1/4 inch).
- Pour out the excess melted wax from the middle, and leave to one side for later.
- Once you have poured out the wax it takes about 8 minutes before it starts to harden. So you need to work quickly. Press the images you’ve chosen to embed into the wax.
- Pour the left over wax back in. Wait for a few minutes and then and pour it back out again.
- Allow the hurricane candle to cool completely before removing it from the container.
- Place a tea light inside the candle shell, stand back and admire!