Tired of giving bottles of wine at dinner parties? Would you like to give something homemade, but don’t know how to crochet? Here’s something easy, cheap, and classy–homemade scented candles.
The process of making them is pretty easy, but the trick is that you need to start with something nice as a base, something that the person can keep, and use in a different way, holding memories for years. Cups and mugs are a great option! Once the candle has been used up, they can clean the cup, and use it for beverages, or even make another candle. Some people have used antique teacups, but not everyone is into florals. A copper mug is perfect for someone who prefers a modern or industrial interior, and it’s the right size for a long-burning candle. You can personalize each one by adding essential oils in a favorite smell, or make four all at once, and have multiple gifts on hand.
Materials you need to make 4 candles:
- Four copper mugs
- 3lb of natural soy wax
- 4 wicks
- 4 centering devices
- 2 ounces of essential oils
- Hot glue gun, with glue
- Double boiler
- Start by gluing the wick to the base of the mug or cup, as close to the center as possible, and sit the wick in the centering device. Be generous with the glue!
- While the glue sets, start boiling water in the bottom of the double boiler.
- For every candle that you plan to make, put 12oz of the soy wax in the top section of the double boiler.
- It will take about 5 minutes to melt clear. After it’s turned completely clear, leave it on the heat for another 2 minutes, stirring often.
- Add ½ oz of essential oils per candle you plan to make and stir for another 2 minutes.
- Carefully pour the wax into the mug, avoiding spilling any on the centering device. Copper conducts heat very well, so ensure it’s sitting on a trivet, and don’t touch it with your bare hands.
- Let the candle sit for 4-6 hours–it will turn solid and white
- Trim the wick, leveling it with the top of the mug, and wrap it up!
If you’d like, you can add this recipe to the gift bag, so they can make more candles themselves!