As autumn progresses and the weather is getting worse, my obsession with candles is celebrating a very successful comeback. I do not have many at home at the moment, so I went and took a look at all those beautiful autumn candles you can find at the shops now – and quickly realised that I did not want so spend 30€ on a (I have to admit quite pretty and nice-smelling) candle. Instead, I decided to pay a visit to the arts and crafts shop to buy wax flakes and candle wicks. As I still have leftover pumpkin pie spice, I thought that it might create a subtle, not too sweet smell. It turned out to be an easy DIY project that I want to share with you.
What you need:
- wax flakes
- candle wicks (+ metal bottoms if needed)
- spices (I used my pumpkin pie spice mix)
- skewers or chopsticks to hold the wicks in place
- small glass containers
- any other spices or essential oils you love to smell
- wax colours, if you like
Place an easy-to-clean glass or porcelain bowl into a pot of hot (not boiling) water. Make sure that there is enough space between the surface of the water and the rim of the bowl, so you can grab it easily once the wax is melted and no water gets into it.
Depending on the size of your glass containers, place the wax flakes into the bowl to melt them. I noted that adding one tablespoon at a time and waiting for the wax to turn completely liquid was quicker than adding a large amount of wax flakes.
As soon as the wax begins to melt, you can start to prepare your glass containers. Dip the bottoms of the candle wicks into the wax and press them firmly onto the bottom of the containers. Once the wax has hardened, you can wrap the top ends of the wicks around your skewers or chopsticks to hold them in place.
Now that everything is ready, you can add your spices. I also chose to add a pop of colour to some of my candles to make them look more autumnal. Be careful with the darker colours, you only need a very small piece to change the colour dramatically. After adding everything you like, let it simmer for a couple of minutes to let the wax absorb the spices.
Pour the finished wax mixture carefully into your glass containers (I used a funnel after making a mess at the first try).
Leave the candles for a couple of hours to let them cool.
Light them, enjoy, or give them to your loved ones as presents.
Edit: I’m a little bit disappointed with the result. The candles look quite nice and I still think that they make nice presents. However, the smell is veeeery subtle – too subtle for my taste. I will try to add essential oils next time.