When candles season arrives the rush will be on for Christmas candles, and with all the trouble we’ve had to get candle-making supplies recently, it is never too early to start working on your plan to make DIY Christmas candles this year.
DIY Christmas Candle Gifts
DIY Christmas scented candles make great gifts for friends or family. When planning to make Christmas candles consider making several extra to share with your loved ones during the holidays.
Ideas For Christmas Candle Decorations
- Print Christmas stickers out for the containers.
- Paint the jars with Christmas imagery.
- Coat the jars in glitter.
- Wrap the jars in decorative lace or ribbon.
- Glue springs of mistletoe, pine, or pinecones to the jar.
Containers For Christmas Candles
You have a few things to consider when choosing the container for your DIY Christmas candles. First of all, you want the container to be something that you can decorate, part of the Christmas spirit is having fun making everything look and feel like Christmas.
What kind of containers should you use for Christmas candles? You want to use a glass jar, tumbler, or something similar when making Christmas candles. These types of containers give you lots of options for decorating and coloring the candles. In addition, these types of candles are generally larger and make great gifts if you decide to give your candles away.
In addition to choosing the container, you will need to choose the fragrance to be used with the candle. There are several fragrances to choose from in both fragrance oils and essential oils.
Fragrances For Christmas Candles
When it comes to choosing the scent for your DIY Christmas candles you have plenty of options. You can choose to go with classic essential oil fragrances such as pine and peppermint or go with some of the more traditional Christmas fragrances you can find available as fragrance oils.
What do you put in Christmas candles? Some of the best fragrances for Christmas candles are pine, frankincense, peppermint, and cinnamon. In addition, you can make special blends and oil combinations to take your Christmas candle to the next level.
Essential Oils For Christmas Candles
You have several great essential oils to choose from when making DIY Christmas candles, and you have dozens of blends to choose from when picking the fragrances you will use.
The Best Essential Oils For Making Christmas Candles
In addition to just using these essential oils in your candles, you can blend them into your own preferred unique combinations.
Fragrance Oils For Christmas Candles
Whether you are using fragrance oils that smell like delicious holiday treats or more natural fragrances that smell like pine or peppermint, there is no shortage of Christmas fragrance oils to choose from dozens of candle making suppliers.
The Best Fragrance Oils For Making Christmas Candles
- Sugar Cookie
- Christmas Pine
- Candy Cane
Countless other holiday fragrances exist, however, these were just a few of our favorites.
Wax For Christmas Candles
Depending on the style of candle you are making, you have a few different types of wax to choose from. However, for the purposes of this article, we will be discussing one in particular.
What wax do you use to make scented Christmas candles? Use soy wax for making scented Christmas candles. Soy was is the most popular type of wax used for making scented candles in a container. In addition, you will find that soy wax is affordable and clean-burning, which makes it ideal for large scented candles.
Making DIY Christmas Candles
How To Make DIY Christmas Candles
To begin making your scented candle, make sure you have a clear and clean space to start. Candle-making handles hot wax, so it is best to be safe and ensure no flammables are nearby. Put away any items you do not want to get wax on.
It is sometimes helpful to cover your work surface with newspaper. This will help protect your table from any wax spills that may occur, in addition to any fragrance oil that may drip. If you get fragrance oil spread around you will be smelling it for days.
- Measuring Wax and Fragrance Oil
Start by calculating how much wax and fragrance oil you need. The first thing you need to do is identify the number of candles you are making, the size of the container, and the fragrance oil load you want.
Then visit our Candle Making Calculator and enter those numbers.
The candle making calculator does all of the work for you and tells you exactly how much wax and fragrance oil you need to make your candles.
- Attaching the Wick
Place a wick sticker on the bottom of the wick tab and place the wick in the bottom of the container, try to center the wick the best you can. It sometimes helps if you turn the container upside down and then stick your hand up in it to center the wick.
Alternatively, you can use superglue to secure the wick to the bottom of the container. However, be careful because the hot glue can make the wick tab hot pretty quickly.
Once the wick is attached to the container, it is time to secure the top of the wick with a wick bar or clothespin. Try to make sure the wick is as straight as you can get it, and secure it with the wick bar.
I like to put any excess wick over to the same side on all of my candles, giving me room to pour on the other side.
- Making the Scented Wax
After measuring your wax, pour it into your double boiler. Stir it frequently for 10 to 15 minutes and make sure that it is melting evenly. If done right, it should look almost clear, like water, and should be at around 185 F. If you are adding dye to your candle wax, this is the time to do it.
Take the pouring pot out of the double boiler and let it begin to cool in preparation for adding fragrance oil.
Add your chosen fragrance oil when the wax temperature drops to about 175 F and stir it consistently for roughly 2 minutes.
- Pour The Wax
Now that your wick is held in place at the bottom, and your wax has reached a temperature of about 145 F. It is time to pour in your scented wax.
There are two different methods you can use for filling your containers.
1) Put the containers on s digital scale so you can make sure each container gets exactly the same amount of wax so that all of the candles look essentially the same.
2) Fill each candle container to about 90% full, keeping them all level. Then go back and top off the last 20% of each candle so you can see the level of each one and get them all to the same level without measuring them.
(This is the method I use)
- Finish The Candle
Once the wax has hardened it is time to finish the candles. Gently remove the wick bars or clothespins as to not disturb the wax around the wick.
Then you are going to trim the wick on each candle, and then put the lids on.
You should let each candle cure for at least 3 days before burning them or giving them away to friends or family.
In conclusion, you have a ton of options when it comes to making DIY Christmas candles. You have more than a dozen fragrances to choose from between the different essential oils, essential oil combinations, and designer fragrance oils.
Another great way to personalize your DIY candles is to choose Christmas colors. You can use red, green, white, candy cane designs or any combination of colors to make them have that Christmas feel.
Last but not least, the container. You can embellish the containers and add ribbons, lace. You can also paint the containers by adding designs such as Christmas trees, and candy canes. Your imagination is the limit.