Looking to create a unique gift? Or do you need an activity to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Look no further! Soy candles are simple to make and best of all they are non-toxic, deliciously scented, and slow burning. What’s not to love?
What you’ll need:
Soy Wax – Soy wax is 100% vegetable, made with pure Soybean oil, which means it is all natural and biodegradable. We bought the supplies from Perth Candle Supplies. You can place the order online and pick up in-store or they can ship Australia wide!
Small Jars – This is where you can get creative with how you like the candles to look. Small glass cups, mason jars, tea cups or tins make great containers.
Pretabbed wicks – these wicks have a flat surface so you can attach an adhesive (like candle stickers or hot glue) to the bottom and secure to the container.
Wick bar – Wick bars sit across the container to hold the wick straight as the candle wax sets. How many you need depends on how many candles you make at once. We recommended at least 6.
Scent – You can buy many scents online or use essential oils. Our favourites for summer are French pear or anything fruity!
Dye Chips – Soy wax is usually white so if you would like to change the colour you can purchase dye chips or bars.
Small Pouring Pitcher – what you use depends on how you will heat your wax.
Method – Melt your soy wax using one of the methods below.
Place into a microwave safe container, heat for 30 seconds and then stir. Keep heating until it has melted and is clear. The other alternative is to heat on the stove, over a low to medium heat. Fill up a pot with water, once it has boiled add a small pot or jug with a lip for easy pour. Stir continually until wax has melted and is clear. Remove wax from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Please note – Soy wax is very easy to clean from the container or pots with just hot water.
Next you can add in the colour chips. For pastel colours use less chips, or add more for a brighter colour!
Stir in your fragrance. How much you use depends on your personal preference. We suggest 8g of fragrance for every 100ml.
Place a sticker or adhesive onto your wick and centre in the jar. When the wax has cooled to around 75℃, carefully pour the wax into your jar. Place the wick bar on top of the jar and press the wick into the bar so that it stays upright.
Now leave your candle to cool at room temperature overnight! Tomorrow, you can trim the wick, light and enjoy!
For more information or to order supplies, visit the Perth Candle Supplies at http://www.perthcandlesupplies.com.au/.