Creating your own homemade candles is actually really easy and is a lovely way to make use of second hand or vintage boxes. You could even use food tins – you know, like one of those retro-looking tomato or olive tins (ask in restaurants if they have any going, that's how we got our impressive collection). Anyway, to learn how to transform whatever tins you choose into gorgeous candles, keep reading...
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You will need:
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This project was taken from Handmade Candles & Smudge Sticks (opens in new tab) by Emma Hardy, published by CICO Books.
- Wick sustainers (opens in new tab)
- Wick (opens in new tab)
- Wax adhesive (opens in new tab)
- Vintage tins (opens in new tab)
- Soy wax (opens in new tab)
- Basic candle-making kit (opens in new tab)
- Small pliers (opens in new tab)
- Wooden skewer
Before you start
Before filling a tin with wax, pour water into it to make sure it is watertight. The tins will become very hot when lit so they are best placed on a surface that will not scorch.
Step one: how to make a candle wick
For a long tin, cut three lengths of wick long enough to fit in the tin, plus about 5cm. Using the pliers, fasten a wick sustainer to one end of each length of wick.
Step two: Secure the wicks in place
Using three small pieces of wax adhesive, stick the wicks to the bottom of the long tin, spacing them out evenly.
Step three: space out the wicks
Cut a piece of wooden skewer so that it can rest across the rim of the tin. Tie the wicks to it, making sure that they are taut.
Step four: Melt the wax
Melt the wax in the double boiler until it reaches 60°C.
Step five: Pour the wax
Pour the wax into the jug, then carefully pour it into the tin, stopping about 1cm before the rim.
Step six: trim the wicks
Leave to harden completely. Slide the skewer out of the knots and trim the wicks down to about 2cm.