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Valentine's Day Candle Craft Ideas

by Chandler 6. February 2014 17:36

Valentine's Day—the infamous holiday created primarily by greeting card companies. Yet, everyone enjoys receiving little reminders of how much they're loved. Candles are great gift idea for your valentine's and loved ones that won't break your budget.

There are a number of ways you can dress up your pillar candles, tea lights and decorative holders to create a Valentine's Day themed gift. We've compiled a bunch of great ideas from Pinterest to get your creativity flowing. Once you know the basics of candlemaking, these ideas for decorating and making your candles pop are simply icing on top of the cake!

XOXO Cookie Cutter Candles

This idea from the Hello Lucky blog utilizes the basic candle wax melting process but utilizes cookie cutters during cooling to achieve a festive XOXO shaped candle.

Supplies needed:

  • Wax
  • Wick
  • Toothpicks
  • Double-boiler
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie Cutters (or knife)

Once you have your supplies from us, get the step by step process on the Hello Lucky blog.

 

Beeswax Heart Cutout Candle

Utilize your typical pillar candlemaking process. Then, utilize Martha Stewart’s idea of punching out hearts in beeswax sheets and utilizing a hairdryer to make them tacky and stick to the pillar candle.

Supplies needed:

Get the step by step instructions from Martha Stewart.

 

Cupcake Candle

What’s sweeter than a cupcake? This idea from the Rustic Essentials Crafting Library utilizes the whipped wax technique we talked about on our blog earlier this year.

Supplies needed:

 

Get the step by step tutorial from the Rustic Essentials Crafting Library.


Girl Scout Candle Projects and Other Kids Crafts

by Chandler 13. December 2013 20:27

As we approach the holidays, groups and organizations are actively engaged in crafting activities. Candle making is a fun project you can do with children of all ages and candles are great decor for the holidays!

Now, there are certain candle projects that are ideal for different age groups. Young children should never be in charge of the hot wax tasks and should have supervision when doing candle projects. We've picked out some of our favorite kids crafts that aren't too complex to use for group parties and organizations.

Granulated/Wax Crystal Candles

Similar to sand art, this project allows kids to design a candle with their favorite colors and make neat designs. Choose from a variety of colors or go with holiday themed colors, like red, green, white or blue.

Here's what you'll need:

OR get everything you need in one handy Wax Art Kit!

See the step by step instructions for granulated/wax crystal candles.

Tin Can Luminaries

Soup cans, coffee cans, paint cans. Have each girl scout bring in their own empty tin container and create a design to punch. The actual punching should be reserved for teenagers or adults.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Tin can
  • Hammer & nails OR a power drill
  • Tissue paper & marker
  • Votive candle

See the step by step instructions for tin can luminaries.

Tissue/Wax Paper Candles

A great way to display special artwork or sentiments of even the youngest children! By drawing whatever they want on tissue or wax paper, you can transfer their work right onto the candles! These make great gifts!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Tissue or wax paper
  • Markers or ink-based writing tools
  • Hair dryer
  • Tape

See the step by step instructions for tissue/wax paper candles.

Beeswax Candles

This is one of the easiest projects for all age groups because they do not require melting the wax! 

Here's what you'll need:

See the step by step instructions for beeswax candles here.

You can also watch our beeswax candle making video here.


Making Dipped Taper Candles

by Chandler 30. August 2013 23:30

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1

Bend a metal coat hanger into a rectangle with hook centered at top, making sure that the width and height will fit to dip entirely into your large, metal pot.

Step 2

Tie lengths of wick vertically between the top and bottom of the frame. Make sure to space the wicks a few inches apart, so that your candles will not touch as they are dipped.

Step 3

Place wax in a deep pot, such as our melting pot. Place in a pan of water and place on the stove top. Melt the wax in this double boiler and keep the temperature of the wax a steady 160°F (71°C). If the wax is too hot, it will not adhere to your wicks. If the wax is too cool, the surface of your finished candle will be lumpy.

Step 4

If color is desired, add your color squares to the wax once it is completely melted. Make sure the color squares have been dissolved before starting to dip the candles.

Step 5

The dipped tapers are made easily by repeatedly dipping the wick in the wax. Start with dipping the frame all the way down into wax in a slow smooth motion. Slowly pull frame straight up and cool for 3 or 4 minutes. Continue to dip, holding candles in the wax for about 3 seconds and cooling for 3 or 4 minutes between each dip. It is important to move slowly, smoothly and to always dip to the same level. After 6 or 7 dips, you will have a candle about the size of a pencil.

Step 6

As you dip, your frame will also fill up with wax. Periodically push this build up down the sides of the frame into the pot to remelt.

Step 7

Continue dipping until you have the candle diameter you desire. Please note that the candle will automatically form into a rounded, taper shape when the candle is dipped fully each time.

Step 8

Using scissors, trim wick at the bottom of each candle. Suspend your frame and let candles hang until completely cool. Then cut wicks at the top of the frame and level the bottom of each candle in a warmed tin pan.

For more great projects like this one, please check out our Candle Basics Book (item BK-8) with over 50 great projects. You'll find it in the books section of Candlewic.com


Making Dipped Taper Candles

by Chandler 30. August 2013 23:30

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1

Bend a metal coat hanger into a rectangle with hook centered at top, making sure that the width and height will fit to dip entirely into your large, metal pot.

Step 2

Tie lengths of wick vertically between the top and bottom of the frame. Make sure to space the wicks a few inches apart, so that your candles will not touch as they are dipped.

Step 3

Place wax in a deep pot, such as our melting pot. Place in a pan of water and place on the stove top. Melt the wax in this double boiler and keep the temperature of the wax a steady 160°F (71°C). If the wax is too hot, it will not adhere to your wicks. If the wax is too cool, the surface of your finished candle will be lumpy.

Step 4

If color is desired, add your color squares to the wax once it is completely melted. Make sure the color squares have been dissolved before starting to dip the candles.

Step 5

The dipped tapers are made easily by repeatedly dipping the wick in the wax. Start with dipping the frame all the way down into wax in a slow smooth motion. Slowly pull frame straight up and cool for 3 or 4 minutes. Continue to dip, holding candles in the wax for about 3 seconds and cooling for 3 or 4 minutes between each dip. It is important to move slowly, smoothly and to always dip to the same level. After 6 or 7 dips, you will have a candle about the size of a pencil.

Step 6

As you dip, your frame will also fill up with wax. Periodically push this build up down the sides of the frame into the pot to remelt.

Step 7

Continue dipping until you have the candle diameter you desire. Please note that the candle will automatically form into a rounded, taper shape when the candle is dipped fully each time.

Step 8

Using scissors, trim wick at the bottom of each candle. Suspend your frame and let candles hang until completely cool. Then cut wicks at the top of the frame and level the bottom of each candle in a warmed tin pan.

For more great projects like this one, please check out our Candle Basics Book (item BK-8) with over 50 great projects. You'll find it in the books section of Candlewic.com


Perk Up Your Pillar Candles!

by Chandler 24. May 2013 18:54

Last week on our blog we talked about getting creative with candle containers. This week, we're pointing out the potential in pillar candles!

Pillar candles are one of the most basic candles to create, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. When you think out of the box and try some new techniques, they can add a touch of elegance to your home decor!

Not sure how to make a pillar candle? Check out our post on The Power of Pillars.

You will need to make a basic pillar candle before you use any of the following techniques.

Martha Stewart has three techniques to dress up your pillars that we just love!

Swirled-String Candles

Learn how to use waxed twine to create an interesting pattern on the surface of your pillar candle.

How to make swirl-string candles.

 

 

 

Basket-Weave Candles

An easy weaving technique of beeswax sheets can create a complex, crafty-looking candle.

You can get your beeswax sheets right here on Candlewic.com! Click here to browse beeswax.

How to make basket-weave candles.

 

Faux Bois Candles

Faux bois, or "fake wood", candles are a great way to bring natural looking decor into your home.

How to make faux bois candles.

 

 

 

These are just three techniques you can use to perk up your pillar candles! Think outside of the box and try inventing some techniques of your own! And don't forget to get all your pillar candle supplies right here:

 

*Photo credits: Marthastewart.com


About the author

Hi I'm Chandler. Thanks for visiting! Illumine is all about helpful projects, ideas, and articles related to candle and soap making and the candle and soap making business.

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