Making Candles Using Old Jars and Bottles
One of the fastest and most inexpensive ways to make your own candles is to use old jars, bottles, and containers you find around second hand stores, garage sales, or even your own home.
There’s no end to the cool candles you can make using different and unique bottles and containers. In this post, you will learn how to effectively make your own candles using whatever jar or container you happen to have on hand.
You will need:
Roll of wicks
Fragrance of choice
Old jar or container
The first thing you need to do is determine how much wax you will need for your container. Since the wax is going to be a liquid when you pour it into the jar or container, you can measure using water.
Simply fill the container with water, then pour this water into a measuring cup and see how much it is. To determine how much wax you will need, double this number. As a general rule, you will need twice the amount of wax flakes as you will need solidified wax to fill the container.
So, if your container can hold 16 ounces of water, you will need 32 ounces of wax flakes.
Fill your double boiler with water and place on the stove. Turn it on to medium high heat and bring the water to a boil. Add the wax flakes, and stir occasionally.
You need to bring the temperature up to 175 degrees F, so keep an eye on your thermometer as well.
Next, dry out your container, you can’t have any water in there when you pour the wax in. Take your measuring tape and measure how long of a wick you need, then cut this length from the roll you have. If you are using a narrow mouth jar, you will need to use chopsticks to hold it in place over the mouth of the candle.
Once this is set up, turn your attention back to the wax, and add the tip of a crayon in the color of your choice to the mix. Add a little at a time, getting the color you wish for your candle. You can also use candle color blocks if you like, but crayons are cheaper and they melt faster.
Stir thoroughly after adding each crayon, ensuring it has completely melted before you move on to adding more.
Finally, it’s time to add in the fragrance of your choice. Again, add the fragrance a few drops at a time until you get the strength you want. As a rule, use 12 drops of fragrance oils for a 16 ounce candle, or use 16 ounces of essential oil for a candle of the same size.
Stir quickly as you add in the oils, it can be difficult to get them to incorporate thoroughly. After this is completely mixed, reduce the temperature.
Depending on the shape of your container, your wax is going to harden differently. If your container has bumps or isn’t shaped uniformly, the wax is going to harden at different rates, so bring the overall temperature down lower than you would for an ordinary candle.
It will begin to look like it’s solidifying around 105 degrees F, so bring it down to 115 or 110 degrees F, depending on what you feel for your particular candle. When the candle wax is getting thicker, transfer this to your measuring cup, then to the container of your choice.
Be careful not to knock your wick out of the way as you pour the wax in place. It’s going to be harder to pour thicker wax into the jar, especially if you are working with a narrow mouth jar or container.
Once all the wax is in place, give the container a tap on the counter to ensure there are no bubbles inside. Hold your chopsticks in place with one hand as you do this so they don’t fall or pull the wick to the side, then set in a cool place to finish solidifying.
It will take 12 hours for larger candles to solidify, or 6 hours for the smaller containers.Enjoy!