I think my first experience with making my own candles was probably when I was about 6 with one of those kits you got from Argos. The age range on it probably said 10+ but I always was a bit of a craft rebel.
Unfortunately I haven’t got any photos of the delightful candles I made back in the 90s, but luckily, I got the chance to relive and improve on this first experience when Leanne from Sykes Cottages got in touch to tell me about their crafting tutorials.
They sent me everything I needed to make my own candles, and then I popped out and bought a couple more receptacles because I was that excited about having DIY candles in my flat. I love that the wax they sent was soy rather than paraffin – although I know soy is way better I am usually a cheapskate and buy the paraffin ones because I get through them at a rate of knots now I have my own apartment.
You start off by melting the wax on the hob at a gentle heat until all the flakes have dissolved into a syrupy liquid. At this point you add the fragrance you want – I went for cherry because Berlin is full of cherry blossom on the trees at the moment. I also tried adding some red food colouring at this point, which wasn’t part of the instructions but I wanted to see how it would work.
Then use a funnel to pour into your jars. I picked up these retro mini milk bottles which I thought were a great size for my compact living space.
As you can see, the red food colouring sunk to the bottom, but like the layered effect it has created.
Once your wax has set into a cloudy but not-yet-solid mass, pop the wicks in, they should stand up on their own.
My final finishing touch was to add some gold leaf.
This weekend has been nice weather here so I got to sit on my balcony and eat dinner last night which inspired me to use the remaining wax to make a candle for my balcony. I picked up this metal hanging basket and filled with the wax, which I scented with green apple and pear – I love it and can’t wait to try it out on summer evenings.
I want to make some more candles as I have loads of ideas now!
If you want to have a go at making some candles yourself, check out this Simple Handmade Crafts guide by Sykes Cottages.