Wintertime is candle time!
Pouring your own candles is easier than you might think: First of all, don't throw away any old candles, make sure you keep them as this both saves money and is more environmentally-friendly.
Whether you want candles to enjoy cosy evenings with your family or to give as presents, individual candles are easy to make and there are no limits to being creative.
Tip 1: You need to collect enough old candles. Ask your friends or family if they have any.
Tip 2: Sort your old candles by colour. You can see at a glance how many colours you have. Of course, you can also melt different colours together and then mix new colours.
Let’s make candles!
- Old candles
- Candle wick (you can make this yourself)
- Toilet paper rolls
- Old plastic pots or tin cans
- Hot glue gun
Let’s get started!
First, using the hot glue gun, glue the wick onto the cardboard to the length you want. Then place the toilet paper roll on top and lightly glue it to the cardboard too. To position the wick in the middle of the roll, you can also tie it to a toothpick or pencil. Melt the old candles in a plastic pot or a tin can placed in a water bath (a pan with warm water) and then pour the wax into the toilet paper roll. Once the candles have cooled, you simply peel off the toilet paper roll.
You can of course also pour the wax into glasses. Once the wax has cooled, you can decorate the glass to make it look beautiful.
Floating candle are another option! To make them, you’ll need ice cube moulds (hearts or stars) and a wick (you can also use old wicks). Silicone moulds work best. If you use a solid mould, you’ll have to place the mould briefly in warm water when you ease the candles out.
As described above, melt your old candles then place a small length of wick in each mould and pour in the wax, while holding the wick upright in the middle. After the wax has cooled, remove your small floating candles from their moulds and let them float!
Make your own wicks!
You’ll need some slightly thick cotton twine, but make sure that it’s 100% cotton. Immerse the twine in liquid wax and wait until it is completely coated i.e. a small layer of wax should have formed all around it. Then hang your "candle wick" up and let it dry.