Tips for Handmade Candles
Candles are my passion. You are outside of my house or you enter the rooms, you will see the candles everywhere. There will be, at least, one candle in almost every single corner, and if it is an only one then it will be a big sized one. I like the beauty of the light the candle gives when you lit it. That light beauty makes you think of something special and can take you into a different magic world. Candles make home more beautiful, cozier and romantic. This happens even greater if you make a candle yourself, a handmade candle. It gives more pleasure to watch the flame of your own one when you know that it is made by you. It makes it very special. There are some tips to remember when making handmade candles.
Candle making is an art form that has survived for the centuries. It was a necessity of around 200 AD and became a wildly popular hobby today. Nowadays there are a lot of options to choose from. They are available in a broad array of sizes, shapes, colors, and scent. You can make your own handmade candles that can be done easily in your own home without the need for a lot of space or materials. You can do this either for your own personal use and pleasure or to sell as a side business. Additionally, the candles can make great gifts for special holidays or just for fun, especially, if you can personalize the candle, for example, with the name tag inserted in the side of the candle, using plastic or rubber letters, or engrave the letters and then color them with paint. You can be as creative as you can and want. There is no limitation on decorating the candles the way you would like them to be.
Safety Tips When Making Candles
Making and using candles must deal with safety. Please see some rules while making candles. Making candles is not a really dangerous craft, it is mostly messy.
- Prepare your workspace. Cover it with newspapers or a tablecloth.
- Have all the materials needed ready to use.
- Be prepared for spills, have a bunch of newspaper or several rolls of paper towels.
- Work slowly
- Be careful with ingredients, such as essential oils, dyes and colors.
- Be careful with wax, it can burn and hurt pretty much. Never leave melting wax unattended.
Materials You Will Need to Make Candles:
- A hot plate or electric stove
- A double boiler set up
- A wick
- A mold or container to hold the melted wax
- Fragrance or color for the candle, if desired
Decorating Handmade Candles
There is nothing like candles to bring warmth and light to a room and nothing like the satisfaction for knowing that you made it yourself. It is fairly easy to start making your own candles. There is just a need of a few simple ingredients, some basic tools and equipment. It might seem hard, if you have never done this before, but once you will try it, you will be sure of what you are doing and how.
The containers you use for the candles can play a great role in the way your handmade candle will look like. The candle container is the first impression you get, seeing it. You may vary the options of the containers, from glass containers to wooden.
Wooden Candle Containers
Small Logs Candle Containers
Metal Candle Containers
Simple and Functional
Glass Candle Container
Beautiful old jars can work out very well.
Cups Candle Containers
This set of cup candles will make any table setting look pretty.
Shell Candle Container
Once you lit it, the flame will work as a pearl of a shell.
Shell can be an incredible and attractive candle container.
Coconut Candle Container
Sometimes it can be so simple and at the same time make it special and unique.
You may also want to decorate your handmade candle with the flowers, either artificial or real live flowers, once you have it in the container.
In the Woods
Isn’t it neat and cute?!
Fruits and Other Ingredients
These scented candles will give you a very charming smell.
An apple pie candle with the real apple.
You may also want to engrave a candle. The designs can vary from just initials to more complicated images.
Engraved Floral Themed Images