Making scented candles at home is a fun, easy craft that also allows you to create low-cost gifts. The only materials you need are candle wax, candle wicks, and fragrance, all of which are available at most craft stores. Although most candles sold are paraffin, a petroleum byproduct, many hobbyists choose to use soy wax or beeswax because they are more environmentally friendly, burn more cleanly, and last longer.
The most basic way to make a candle is to heat the wax and pour it into a candle holder — any heat-resistant container, such as a jam jar, vintage teacup, or metal cans — while hot. First, cut or grate the wax into small pieces. Heat it in a double boiler — or in a container over a boiling pot of water, if you don’t have a double boiler — or microwave, stirring constantly. Once the wax reaches approximately 180 degrees Fahrenheit, pour it into your mold or candle holder. Let the wax cool to approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Add about 15 to 20 drops of fragrance oil or essential oil, one teaspoon of dried herbs, and/or a small amount of fragrant flower buds per small candle, along with dyes or decorations. Lavender, vanilla, and other floral or food-related fragrances are popular choices for scented candles. Keep the wick in place by securing it to the bottom of the container and holding it between chopsticks or clips above the wax. When the wax becomes solid, trim the wick.
By making scented candles at home, you can determine the size, scent, color, and shape of your candles while avoiding the harmful ingredients often found in store-bought candles. This is one of the simplest and most rewarding crafts to try.