DIY Microwave Soy Candles
I’ve got a quick and easy DIY project for you today!
But first: I realized recently that I had an entire DIY section on this blog. Oops! I’ve certainly been neglecting it.
For all the things I do around the house, I guess I forget to photograph and post about them. But the truth is, ’round these parts, the man-friend and I do most minor home repairs and tons of crafty type things. From building our own furniture to sewing our own cushions to printing greeting cards and painting art for the walls (or painting the walls themselves). And our most fruitful endeavor (ha, ha) was building a raised vegetable garden last year, and growing many varieties of veggies and herbs from seeds which we sprouted indoors.
So, for 2014, I’m vowing to contribute to this DIY section on the regular. I’m super excited about it, okay?!
Now, onto these super easy and quick soy wax candles!!!
Two days later, my supplies arrived, and I had these gorgeous little candles done in probably 10 minutes. They are really easy. And fun to make.
This would be a great project to do with teenagers I think.
You might even hold their interest for… 10 minutes.
It starts with microwavable soy wax flakes, which take all of 2 minutes to melt and were super easy to work with. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil/s, and a night for your wax to harden, and you’ve got homemade candles!
Here’s how it’s done…
Wrap your wick around a chopstick and center it in the bottom of your candle holder:
Melt your wax in the microwave (I used disposable everything for easy cleanup), add a few drops of essential oil and stir it up! Pour into your containers:
Now, just let everything set up before removing the chopsticks:
I tried to wait the recommended 12+ hours, but this guy got removed after 8 hours or so:
Trim your wicks with your freakishly-hued and apparently wrinkly hands (I swear they don’t normally look like this):
Now you are free to light these babies up:
The glow in my house this morning looks pretty magical:
All in all, this was a super fun project. Big payoff for the time you put in! You’re 10 minutes (and an overnight rest) away from your own delicious-smelling homemade candles. These would make great gifts, and I’m excited to share them with friends.
DIY Microwavable Soy Candles
- 3 cups microwavable soy wax
- 3 glass votive holders
- Essential oil (or multiple oils–I chose florals)
- 3 candle wicks
- Microwave-safe bowl
1. Stick a wick in each votive holder, centering it on the bottom. Lay one chopstick across the top of each votive and wrap the wick around it. You want to make sure the wick is laying flat on the bottom of the glass. Repeat with each votive.
2. Microwave the wax for approximately 2 minutes, or until the flakes are melted. Add a few drops of your essential oil/s and stir everything around with a chopstick. You can give the wax a sniff and add more or less oil to your liking.
3. Carefully pour the wax into each votive, leaving 1/2″ of room from the top of the container. Be careful not to get wax all over the sides of the votive.
4. Let sit, undisturbed, overnight until hardened. Remove chopsticks and trim wicks to 1/4″ or so. Enjoy!