DIY projects are one of the many great ways to become more self-reliant. When you’re working to become more self-reliant, like making things on your own, you receive a glorified sense of self-satisfaction, which is great for your mental health. And a great DIY project that will help you on your journey to becoming more self-reliant, and prepared for emergencies, is DIY candles.
Making homemade candles is a fairly easy project to start out with if you’ve never done one before, and if you have, it’s still a fun project to undertake. There are various homemade candles you can make, but on average, each project only requires a few supplies and a few hours of your time. DIY candles are pleasing to the eye and their aroma is pleasing to the nose — and it’s a DIY project you can undertake alone, with family, or with a few friends for just a few hours during your morning, afternoon, or night.
Below are 3 easy and fun candle projects that are sure to leave you with some self-satisfaction, as well as some colorful new home decorations that will leave you with a good-smelling house!
Color Block Crayon Candles
- Dixie cups
- Popsicle or craft sticks
- Plate stand
- Pour a small amount of wax into one of the Dixie cups and microwave for 1 minute. Stir with a popsicle or craft stick, pour a thin layer of wax into the bottom of a votive, and then place the candlewick in the center. Wait and let the wax harden.
- While you wait for the wax to harden, begin prep with your crayons. Peel off a crayon’s paper and break it into 3 pieces. Fill another Dixie cup with wax and then place your 3 crayon pieces on top of the wax. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, and then microwave for another 2 minutes. Repeat this process 2 more times so you have 3 colors to make your color blocked candle.
- Prop your votive (from the first step with the candlewick) on your plate stand so the votive is slightly leaning. Pour one of the colored waxes into the votive, creating an angled layer of the first color. Let this layer dry for 20-30 minutes.
- Turn your votive around and then pour the second color for your second angled color layer. Let dry for another 20-30 minutes.
- Remove votive from plate stand, set flat on your table (or whatever workspace you’re on), and pour in your last color.
- Let that last layer dry for at least an hour before lighting your candle.
- Repeat this process for as many votives as you want, and use whatever 3-color combinations you like!
*This homemade candle project was first posted by Misty Spinney on Brit+Co.
Mason Jar Crock Pot Candles
5 Mason jars
4 lbs. of soy wax flakes
1 crock pot
1 wooden chopstick
1 pair of scissors
1 candle dye or fragrance (optional)
- Place soy wax flakes inside each of the Mason jars, filling almost to the top, and then set your jars in your crock pot with the keep warm temperature turned on.
- Boil water and then pour boiling water into the crock pot until the water’s level is about 1 inch up the outside of the jars.
- Put the lid on your crock pot, turn the temperature up to high, and leave covered for 2 hours.
- Add in coloring now if you wish to. Then, stir each jar’s melted wax with your wooden chopstick, alternating between stirring and adding in more soy wax flakes. Make sure each jar is mostly filled, leaving only a small gap of about ½-1 inch from the top unfilled.
- After filling each jar, cover the jars with their lids, cover the crock pot with its lid again, and let your jars sit on high for 2 more hours.
- Remove from crock pot, add any fragrance oils or additives you have, and stir well.
- As your candles start setting, use your chopstick to help you clear a small hole in the semi-firm wax at the bottom of each candle, and then place the wicks in the base of each hole. Use your scissors to cut the excess candlewick off.
- Let your Mason jar candles cool completely for a couple of hours before lighting them.
*This homemade candle project was first posted by Rica Mendes on Snapguide.
Holiday Cookie Cutter Candles
- Candle ends
- Crayons (optional)
- Cookie cutters
- Sheet pan
- Parchment paper
- Small glass or metal bowl or tin can
- Small saucepan
- Simmer water in a small saucepan. Place your heat-safe glass or metal bowl or tin can filled with your candle ends in the saucepan, creating your very own homemade double broiler. If you want to add some color, drop small pieces of crayons in with the candle ends.
- Use a thermometer to see when the wax reaches around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you hit this temperature, you’re ready to begin pouring.
- Cover your sheet pan with a layer of parchment paper, and then place your cookie cutters on the top of the paper on the tray. Place a small candlewick in the center of each cookie cutter, or you can run a length of candlewick through the center of the candle if you want a standing candle.
- Slowly pour the wax into each cookie cutter while gently pressing down on the cookie cutter to help keep the cookie cutter and wax in place. Be sure not to pour the wax when it’s too hot, or else you’ll have a big mess to deal with.
- After the wax completely cools, simply pop the candles out of the cookie cutters. You can leave the candles inside the cookie cutters if you’d like also. When you’re ready to light these candles, place them in a votive or on a candleholder to prevent the wax from melting all over the place.
*This homemade candle project was first posted by Sarah Lipoff on POPSUGAR.
As you can see, DIY candles are an enjoyable, easy DIY project that anyone can find time to do. So take a few hours this week to make your own candles and work on becoming more self-reliant. Your afterward feeling of accomplishment and self-satisfaction are more than worth the time and supplies it takes to tackle this DIY project. Happy crafting!