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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.


Candle Making Activity for Kids: Granulated/Wax Crystal Candles

by Chandler 27. November 2013 17:39

One of the best candle projects to make with kids in your family or youth group is wax art crystal candles. Wax art crystals, or granulated wax, is a wax that has been formed into tiny beads slightly larger than sand. The product is available in a myriad of colors and even several scents. What makes this so easy is that the wax does not have to be melted. It can be easily poured into any "candle safe" container. For anyone who has seen "Sand Art" the concept is identical except when you are finished you have a candle that can be burned.

Once you have selected the proper container take a completed wick assembly (one with a base) and place into the glass container. The best wick for this application is going to be something like a 34-40 zinc.

The best way to get started is to select several colors and gently pour the crystals into the glass container with a spoon or other dispensing tool. You can take multiple colors and layer them in the glass to the desired height. For ultimate effects such as waves, you can take a long, narrow pointer such as a knitting needle and slide down the side of the glass container. This will create "waves" in the wax. This is a project any age child or adult can enjoy. This is a great project for cub scouts, girl scouts, and camping trips. The candles can even be used as wedding favors.

The true advantage to wax art crystals is that they may also be melted and poured to make votives, pillars and even small containers. The wax art crystals are easy to handle and can be melted in any type of double boiler. The colors are slightly more concentrated, so white wax art crystals should be added to

any color to lessen the intensity. What is nice is you can mix, match and melt the crystals to get any color shade you desire.

Get started with our Granulated Wax Art Kit, which comes with 5 lb bags of granulated wax (unscented), 8-9oz hexagon jars with lids & 10 wicks!


Holidays are for Luminaries

by Chandler 9. November 2013 00:16

It's just about that time again. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be soon upon us, so start getting in the spirit of the holidays with new candle projects! Our favorite holiday candle décor has to be the luminary, specifically the tin can luminary. It’s such an easy DIY project and you probably have all the supplies you need already in your household! Luminaries are a great chance to use up all your leftover wax, because you can’t really see the color, only the glow. This project would also be a great one to do with your children, your neighborhood or youth group in the winter months! (But leave the power tools and nails to the adults, please.)

What you'll need:

  • Tin can: coffee, soup, or even an old paint can
  • Hammer & nails OR a power drill
  • Tissue paper & marker
  • Votive candle

How-to:

  1. Select a votive to use. Again, use up your extra wax or use votives you’ve already made.
  2. Draw your holiday design on tissue paper. Think leaves, turkeys, pilgrim hats, snowflakes, stars, candy canes, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, snowmen or even short sayings like “Give Thanks,” “Merry Christmas” and “Ho Ho Ho.” Tape your design onto the tin can.
  3. Place your tin can on a solid surface. To prevent it from rolling or damaging the surface, place some old folded dish towels or rags underneath.
  4. Use your tools of choice to punch holes along the lines of your design

Line your luminaries along sidewalks and driveways or place them in your home for an ambient glow. If you want an extra punch of holiday cheer use some of Candlewic’s favorite seasonal scents:

•   Smoked Applewood
•   White Mulberry Cedar
•   Poinsetta Pine
•   Cranberry Scone
•   Balsam & Cinnamon
•   Egg Nog
•   Gingerbread
•   Peppermint

Happy luminary making!

Check out the beautiful luminary creations of this blogger for step by step pictures:
(Photo credit goes to Rachel from the DIY Christmas Luminaries blog post.)


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


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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