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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Homemade Gifts (Idea) #2: Soy Container Candles

This is a homemade gift "idea" since I'm not making/giving these babies as gifts this year (I did last year, see post here) - although I probably have enough raw materials sitting in my craft closet to make candles for everyone on my gift list.

What you'll need to make approx 10 candles:

Large Pyrex container or double boiler
wicks (10)
heat proof containers (10)
soy based wax (2lbs)
candle safe fragrance (2 oz)

approx total cost: $18.84 (+ $10.20 shipping) at or check out your local craft store

Directions: Melt the wax in either a double boiler or the microwave (work with 1lb of wax at a time).  Once the wax is melted, stir in the fragrance oil (make sure you stir well! 1oz fragrance/1lb wax).
Dab a little hot wax on the bottom of each wick, center in your container, and hold until the wick adheres.  Use pencils or skewers to keep the wicks in place.
Pour the melted wax into the containers and let cool.  If the surface of the candle has imperfections, use a blow-dryer or heat gun to smooth it out.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section!

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