Thanks to Candle Science, I was able to make 24 handmade holiday gifts very economically – in terms of time and money. I got most of the supplies online from Candle Science and followed their beginner soy candle making instructions.
It was a lot easier than I expected. A microwave is involved! Before starting, calculate how much wax, dye, and fragrance needed for the number of candles you’ll be making. Prepare the containers by wiping them down with a paper towel. Next, use the stickers to put the wicks in place. Weigh the wax in a microwave safe container (it’s dead to you – you can never eat out of this container). Microwave the wax then add in the dye. Stir until the dye is completely broken up. Weigh the liquid fragrance. Add it to the dyed wax and stir to combine it. Do not heat the wax again after adding the fragrance. Pour the wax into the prepared containers. It’s a good idea to line the area with newspaper or aluminum foil to protect your counters from the dye. Use the wick bars to hold the wicks steady while the candles set overnight.
After the candles have completely cooled and set (the next day), cut the wicks pretty much as short as possible, about a 1/4″ long. Here are 12 of them. The size of my microwave and container made it pretty impossible to make more than six candles at a time.
I made labels with Avery sticker paper and my regular ol’ printer. I found a template from a blog Going Home To Roost that I used as a basis for my labels. I gave them out to my new(ish) coworkers and a couple of family/friends.