Try candle making at home

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Nothing brightens a room and sets atmosphere better than the warm aroma and gentle flickering light of a scented candle.

There’s scarcely a single room in the home where candles don’t work – they are as fitting in the centre of a table as they are alongside the bath or on a shelf in the living room.

And while candles are a lovely treat, they can be costly – luxury candles are often pricier than we would like and an indulgence we can do without.

The good news is that candle making is an easy, inexpensive craft you can do at home – it’s a great way to get creative and the finished products are often just as effective as the store-bought version.

If you’re a candle lover, why not give it a go? To help you get started, we’ve put together some of the best resources from around the web…

The basics

Candle making is a bit like cooking; there’s a recipe you can follow but there’s also plenty of room to get creative. This makes it a great hobby for beginners and one that’s fun for any age – you can do it alone, with friends or even grandchildren.

Before you get started, it’s worthwhile thinking where you want your candle to be or what you want to use it for. Are you interested in making candle sticks for your dining room table or decorative candles from old teacups for your bedside table? Also consider whether you want your candle to be scented or unscented – mixing a few of your favourite essential oils is a great way to infuse fragrance around a room.

Finding the right materials  

Making candles only requires a few basic materials, most of which are easy to find online through Amazon or other craft suppliers like Hobbycraft and specialist retailers like The Candle Making Shop. The supplies you’ll need vary between candles, but in general you will have to get:

  • Wick
  • Melting wax: paraffin, soy and melting wax are three of the most common types
  • Essential or aromatherapy oils
  • A candle mould

Online resources and tutorials

You don’t need to be an expert or take any special classes to make candles; there are great tutorials online you can choose from to help get you started that will take you through the whole process step-by-step. Some of our favourite links include:

Are you tempted to give candle making a try?

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