Tis’ the season to get crafty! When the weather starts to cool down, I love to fill my house with scented candles. I was having a discussion with my mom the other night about making my own and got into a fuss about trying to find an old pot to melt the wax in. This is where the brilliant idea from my mom came in…use a gallon Ziploc bag! Instead of melting wax in a pot, this is an easy no-mess way to create your own candles.
I decided to add coconut oil into the soy wax in order to help with the melting process and to also give a light, coconut scent. I added in vanilla essential oils to go along with the natural scent of coconut…this smelled absolutely wonderful. Feel free to add in your favorite essential oils and you can also add coloring to the candle wax to brighten things up a little. I found Mason jars at the craft store and thought this would be a cute container to make my candle in since it goes along with the feeling of fall. This can make 1 large candle or a few small ones, depending on your glass jar size. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:
1 package soy candle wax
1 package flat braid wicks
2 teaspoons Kelapo Coconut Oil, divided
10 drops of essential oil, divided (I used vanilla)
2 Ziploc bags
Large or small glass containers (I used a Mason jar)
- Separate the soy candle wax into 2 portions. Add one portion into the first Ziploc bag with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 5 drops of essential oil.
- Add the second portion of soy candle wax into the second Ziploc bag with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 5 drops of essential oils.
- Place the wick into the Mason jar and set aside.
- Put the first bag into the microwave for 2 minutes, remove, and pour into the glass container.
- Repeat this same step for the second bag and make sure to center the wick once both portions of wax are poured.
- Place the finished candle into the refrigerator or freezer until completely hardened. Trim wick to fit the glass jar.
- Light and enjoy for a cozy, fall night!
Once the soy candle wax is poured into the jar, you can simply throw the bag away…it’s that easy! I loved that there wasn’t a mess to deal with and I didn’t have to worry about my pots being ruined. I placed the jar in the freezer and my candle was completely hardened in about an hour. The smell of warm vanilla and coconut has become a new favorite of mine, but I’m definitely anxious to try peppermint for Christmas.