We all love candles. The soothing, relaxing fragrance blends that waft through your rooms, or at work, helps to relax you and de-stress. While short, fat candles pack in more scents, the long tapering ones add a touch of elegance to any occasion.
I came across an easy, slightly messy way to make your own tapers. I haven’t played with it yet but I will share the method for you to make your own creations, and we can share pictures later 🙂
- Wax ( A lot of it) – Available at any local marts
- Wicks (preferably long ones) – Craft stores have a lot of options
- Some wood pegs or nuts to hold the wicks down – Also available at craft stores
- A huge pot to boil water
- A steel pan to melt the wax
- A pan of cold water
- Boil water in the pot and add the wax to a steel pan and place over the pot to melt (This takes some time, stir with a wood spatula gently to make the wax uniform).
- While the wax melts, cut your wicks to length, 12-16 inches and tie both ends with the pegs to hold them down.
- Once the wax is melted, add a few drops of essential oils, or food coloring, and dip the wick into the wax, leaving a little portion at the top free.
- Immediately, dip it in the cold water to cool it down and dry. Repeat this until you have the desired thickness (this is crazy messy so cover your floors and counter tops with newspaper).
- Remove the nuts from both ends and dip the base of the candle to seal the bottom (use a ruler to flatten the base while wax is still warm).
- Hang the top of the wicks through some hooks to air dry.
again this is hugely messy, but a lot of fun. Don’t feel bad if you mess up the first 3-4. It gets easier once you get the hang of it 🙂