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How to Make Your Own Candles (& Save a Ton of Cash)

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DIY candles make for great gifts, but these smell so good you'll want to keep them

Step 5: Add scent

DIY candles make for great gifts, but these smell so good you'll want to keep them
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Once all the wax is completely melted, remove the wax mixture from the stove. My rule of thumb is 10 drops of essential oil per 16 ounces of wax. It makes for a moderately scented candle. Use less or more depending on taste, and feel free to experiment and mix oils to create a scent of your own. Add the measured amount of essential oil to your wax mixture and give it a good stir to make sure it’s well mixed.

Step 6: Pouring the wax

DIY candles make for great gifts, but these smell so good you'll want to keep them
Image: Eileen Chow/SheKnows

Make sure your containers are in a good location where they won’t need to be moved for a few hours. Then slowly pour your melted wax mixture into your containers.

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Step 7: Setting your candle

DIY candles make for great gifts, but these smell so good you'll want to keep them
Image: Eileen Chow/SheKnows

Allow 3 to 4 hours for your candles to cool and solidify. It’s best to let them solidify at room temperature, so the cooling process is gradual. This prevents cracks in the wax.

DIY candles make for great gifts, but these smell so good you'll want to keep them
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