Saturday, 30 November 2019

When Creativity Strikes - Making Candles

Hello everyone I know it's been a while and it feels really good to be back.  I never planned to be absent from my little blog for quite this long and I wanted to share my candle making with you.

This week all I could think about was making some candles which is something that I have never done before. But trying something new is often quite exciting right? I've come to realise when I have bursts of creativity that it's best to just run with it. Is anyone else like that?

I had an idea in my head of making some white candles in all sorts of shapes of sizes using pretty up-cycled glassware. This week I visited a local charity/thrift shop which supports the homeless and this is some of the glassware that I purchased.

Now I was all set I just needed to buy some candle wax and candle wicks.

I also wanted to use an old saucepan to melt the wax that I would no longer need for food. I didn't have one that I didn't want anymore so I also purchased a 2nd hand saucepan at the same shop where I bought all my pretty glassware.

I already had the stainless steel jug which I no longer use which I thought would be perfect for pouring the melted wax into the glassware.

The candle wicks came with sticky dots for securing the bottom of the wicks in the glassware which I prepared first.

I then gently melted the wax over a low heat stirring occasionally.

I was impressed how quickly and evenly the wax melted. I then worked quickly to fill my glassware.

I used some drinking straws and cocktail sticks to hold the wicks in position just whilst the wax was cooling and setting.

I wasn't sure how long the candles would take to set but they didn't take very long at all. I then trimmed the wicks down to size and I could not wait to light one.

Don't they look pretty? Homemade candles in up-cycled glassware and they would make great gifts.  It would be really lovely if I have inspired some of you to have a go at making your own candles. Please tag me or comment below as I would love to see them.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne xx

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