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DIY scented candles in the colors and scents you've been dreaming of

Eileen is the creative blogger behind Yes Missy, a DIY fashion and lifestyle blog. She has a special love for making jewelry and dainty accessories. When she’s not crafting, you can find her antiquing and exploring new places to brunch. ...

Making your own heavenly scented candles is easier than you'd think

If you've had it up to here with candle parties, or if you simply can't afford your pricey department store candle habit anymore, we feel you. (Boy, do we feel you.) But contrary to popular belief, living life as a candle lover doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. You can learn how to "hack" your habit and make your own super-yummy scented candles at home.

Where to begin? Start by following this easy tutorial to learn how to make your own candles. Then you can blend your favorite scents and colors to come up with your own one-of-a-kind candle concoctions. The best part? They're perfect for decorating your own home, and they make beautiful personalized gifts.

How to make scented candles

Materials and tools:

  • Wax flakes
  • Pre-waxed candle wicks
  • Containers for candles
  • Nontoxic crayon or candle color block
  • Essential oils
  • Glass container
  • Saucepan or pot
  • Skewers or chopsticks
  • Tape
  • Stove
  • Scissors

Directions:

Note: You’ll want to start off by cleaning your glass containers. Using regular dish soap will do the job; just make sure you dry them thoroughly when you’re done.

Step 1: Setting up your wicks

Making your own heavenly scented candles is easier than you'd think
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To set up the candlewicks in your containers, you’ll want to lay the metal piece flat against the bottom. Then, use your chopsticks/skewers to hold up the wicks, and tape the ends of the chopsticks to keep everything in place.

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Step 2: Measuring the wax flakes

Making your own heavenly scented candles is easier than you'd think
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Measure out the amount of candle wax flakes you’ll need for each of your containers. The rule of thumb is two times the amount of wax flakes to fill each container.

Step 3: Melting the wax

Making your own heavenly scented candles is easier than you'd think
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Fill a saucepan with water to about the halfway mark. Place your measured amount of wax flakes in the glass container. Then place the glass container in the saucepan. Be sure the water level is low enough, so it won’t splash into the wax flakes when it starts to boil. Turn your stove on to medium-high, and use a metal spoon to stir occasionally.

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Step 4: Adding color to your candles

Making your own heavenly scented candles is easier than you'd think
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This is an optional step. Your candles will come out a naturally milky white, but if you’d like to add a little color, you can use a nontoxic crayon or candle color block. I typically use 1/8 inch of red crayon per 16-ounce to get a soft pastel color. Want a brighter color? Use a little bit more, only adding color a bit at a time. Like food coloring, a small amount goes a long way. Simply melt your color along with your wax flakes. Warning: The color will look a lot brighter in the melted mixture but will turn a milky color as it cools.

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