Two of my favourite things in the whole wide world are wine and candles…. in that order. So imagine my excitement when I realised I could sort of combine the two?
I’ve seen lots of people making teacup candles and thought it was such a cute idea, and I wanted to try it for myself. But in true Nicole form, I wanted to put a personal twist on it.
So Friday evening after work, I set out to find everything on my candle making list.. and some snacks to see me through. I literally trawled the shops for blooming candle wicks…. but at 7pm where on earth is open close to me to find them? No where, I’ll tell you that for nothing. I managed to find a small candle making set which contained a little bit of wick, which I prayed to the candle gods would be enough for what I had planned.
I dragged my shopping, all 4 bags of it up to my flat and set to work. First point of call, pour a refreshing glass of wine. It’d be rude to work with wine glasses without drinking from one, right?
Wine in hand I set all of my materials out for that ol’ bloggers classic Flay lay…
If you want to have a go yourself, here is what you’ll need…
Crayons (I found that the better the quality crayon, the easier they melt and mix with the chips)
Candle Wick holders
Wine Glasses/Something to make a candle in
Fragrance Oil (I chose Honey and Vanilla, Rose and Wild Berries – Honey and Vanilla is definitely my fave!)
and finally, a whole lotta patience!
Here is what I did…
- Fill candle container with Wax chips, I would say 150% full. As the wax obviously condenses when it melts. I’m clearly a professional and have no use whatsoever for fancy measurements.
- Put the carefully measured wax Chips into a microwave safe container.
- Add 2 (broken up) crayons in the colour you wish to make your candle. (if you’re really daring, half the wax chips and make a two tone candle, or separate it into as many damn portions as you like and make a rainbow candle…. I’m not telling you how to live your life.)
- Melt the wax in the microwave by blasting for 30 seconds at a time. **WAX GETS VERY HOT. I know this from first hand experiences. 😦 )
- While the wax is melting, thread the wick through the wick holder.
- Using pliers or some crushing instrument, secure the wick.
- Place in bottom of candle holder, using the wooden stick to keep the wick above the top of the holder.
- Once the wax is fully melted add a couple of drops of fragrance oil, stir and pour carefully (again, first hand experience.) into the container.
- Leave to set fully. I suggest watching TV and eating snacks to pass the time. I left them over night as I totes fell asleep before finishing them
- Photograph the pants off of your candle creations and send to all your friends and family telling them how damn crafty and artsy you are.
I had so so much fun making these, and despite the minor burn on my finger and the wax I’ve spilled on my kitchen floor I’m so happy with the final results.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this informal walk through of part of how I spent my Friday night!
Seeing as I am clearly creative AF, I’m going to have Arts and Crafts blog posts every Monday from now on. So any suggestions as to what I should try would be much appreciated!
I did snapchat a little of the candle making process last night, including my mid candle snacks! So feel free to follow me, if you’re not already! xNicolelouisexx
Love Nicole x