Making Container Candles / A Fun Camp Project
Container Candles are a beautiful way to accent your home, especially the dining room and bathroom. To make your Container Candles look their best, pick glassware that is sturdy and has a simple design that will not take away from the beauty of your Candle. You can purchase Glassware for a very low price if you will just shop around a little bit.
You canYo generally find great deals at yard sales and flea markets. If you are going to need larger quantities try places like Dollar Tree, Big Lots and the 99 Cent Store. All of these usually have very low prices. You can also find nice Glass Containers and Tins at your favorite candle supply source. You might want to try and find Glassware with lids if possible. Sometime lids add that little extra touch.
Be sure to clean your Glass Containers well and dry them. If you have a dishwasher a quick rinse cycle usually will do the trick. I suggest that when you store them turn them upside down or if you have lids put the lid on the dry container. This keeps dust and other particles out of them. For safety reasons I suggest using only Glass Containers or Tins for your Container Candles and always place a burning label on the bottom of your finished candle.
What Else Do You Need To Get Started?
You will need a few more items in addition to your Glassware before you can start your process of making your Container Candle. Here is a list of these items:
- You will need a double boiler for melting the wax. You can easley make one by using a pot large enough to accommodate your melting pot.
- You will need a quality wax. It can be either be paraffin wax, soy wax, bees wax, or a combination wax.
- You will need wicks. I suggest using wicks with tabs for making this type of candle.
- You will need dye if you are planning to add color to your Candle.
- And last but not least a fragrance (scent) if you so desire.
Now That You Have All Of The Above. What’s Next?
1. Proceed by melting the wax in the double boiler to a temperature of about 125 degrees Fahrenheit. When it reaches that temperature add the color and scent (fragrance). To totally blend these in I suggest stirring it to the right 20 times then to the left 20 times.
2. Prepare your Glass Containers by placing them in a microwave for a minute or two. If you don’t have a microwave use a hair dryer or heat gun. This will make sure that the wax doesn’t leave unsightly air pockets in the Glass Container as it hardens.
3. Place your Glass Containers on a cookie sheet or protected surface to make clean up from any spills a snap.
4. Attach your wick, with wick tab in the center of your container with a glue dot or hot glue. You can keep your wick centered by using a commercial clip available from your favorite candle supplier, or use a craft stick with a hole in its center. You can even use a cloths pin.
5. Slowly fill each Glass Container within ¾ to 1 inch from the top. Leaving that extra space will allow room for the candle to burn and not drip outside the Glass Container.
6. Let your Container Candles cool completely. Once you candles are completely cool trim the wick to ½ inch of the top of the candle, and if you are using lids place lid on container.
WaLa! You now have great Container Candles. Now is the time to be creative if it is your desire. You might try decorating the jars with a little bit of paint or maybe gluing on colored sequences. A litter glitter is also a nice touch and a ribbon tied around the top is always a winner.
The design of the Glass Container candle allows them to burn down to almost nothing, ensuring you get the most use out of each candle. I suggest that you always place your candle on a non flammable base for safety, because when it gets to the bottom of the container the bottom becomes very hot.
Because the jars keep the flame from escaping, prevent dripping and possible fire hazards, it is still important to keep them out of the reach of children and to never leave a burning candle unattended.
To get more great decorating tips and ideas go online. You will be amazed at all the great Container Candles out there including ones for the holidays, special occasions, and fun themes. The possibilities are endless.
For a great family craft project, consider letting your children decorate the Glass Containers while you are busy working with the hot wax. If you plan to move a container candle, make sure the jar has not become too hot as this can result in severe burns.
Candles add beauty and wonderful aromas to your home office or just about any location. Container candles are very simple and inexpensive to make. They also add romance to any home or occasion. These candles leave the maker with lots of room to be as creative as their imagination.
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