Candle Making by CJ

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Candle making has never been easier.  Our sales associate demonstrated this fun DIY project for us that is great for holiday gift giving!

Ingredients:

  • Paraffin wax
  • Canning jars (we used quilted Ball jelly jars)
  • Water
  • Twine
  • 3 Tablespoons borax
  • One Tablespoon salt
  • Double boiler/pan
  • Dowels or pencils
  • Fragrance and/or coloring (optional)
  1. Heat 1 cup of water using a small saucepan or tea kettle.
  2. Dissolve the salt and borax in the hot water and pour mixture into a glass bowl.
  3. Cut twine to a length taller than your container.  Soak the twine in the solution.
  4. Lay the twine out flat and all to dry.  This will become the candle’s wick.
  5. Fill a large saucepan about half full with water and place it on the stove to heat on medium-low.
  6. Place your wax in a heat-proof pouring pitcher, clean coffee can, or saucepan that is smaller than your large saucepan.
  7. Put the container holding the wax into the larger saucepan and heat until the wax is completely melted.
  8. When the wax is melted, add color (if desired) and mix thoroughly.
  9. If you are adding fragrance, remove the wax from the heat and gently stir in the fragrance.
  10. Tie the twine to a dowel or pencil and place the dowel/pencil on the jar opening so twine touches the bottom center of the canning jar.
  11. Pour the melted wax into the canning jar to the desired height.
  12. Leave the jar undisturbed while the wax cools and hardens.  You can layer multiple colors of wax by pouring a second melted wax on after the first has hardened.
  13. Untie the twine from the dowel/pencil and cut to the desired length for your wick.

Once the wax hardens, you can add festive touches to the lid or jar, such as ribbon, fabric, or stickers, to make a one-of-a-kind gift.

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