Looking for a new craft idea to keep you warm this winter?
Candle making can provide a calming activity to engage in during the chilly months of Chicago’s infamous winter. Plus, they make a great and inexpensive gift for your friends! You can play around with colors and scents to create the perfect environment in your home or office. Below is a simple step by step tutorial to get your creativity flowing. Be sure to post a photo to Instagram or Twitter and tag @30eastapts. We love seeing all of your unique creations!
What You’ll Need:
- Soy wax chips
- Candle wicks
- Mason jars
- Wax Dixie cups
- Coffee stirrers
- Scissors or zester (we used scissors)
Bonus tip: add a few drops of an essential oil into each layer for a scented candle.
How to Make Soy Candles
- Peel crayons and cut into small pieces. Each color goes into a different Dixie cup. (Please note: final color will be lighter than wax appears when melted
- Place wick in center of jar. Use tape to hold it in place. You will need to keep tape on until first layer of melted wax has dried.
- Microwave first cup of crayons. The smaller your crayons are, the faster they will melt. This will be your bottom layer.
- Stir in soy wax chips with coffee stirrers or a toothpick. The amount will depend on how thick you want each layer to be. You may need to return to microwave if your chips do not quickly melt.
- Pour melted wax into mason jar. Be mindful not to pour on the edge of the glass. It will add a vertical drip line and mess up your layer. If you create a vertical drip line, wait until layer has dried to scratch away with clean coffee stirrer.
- Wait for layer to completely dry. Repeat steps 3-6 until candle is at your desired height.
- Trim wick and your candle is complete!