I love doing all kinds of craft projects. Unfortunately, when you try too many different crafts you usually end up with a bunch of unused supplies all over your house. That is definitely the case with me. I really want to either use up these supplies or get rid of them.
Lately, I've been burning candles a lot. I just love the way they make our house smell! Bryan noticed how much I've been burning them and suggested I use all of the paraffin wax I had sitting around in the closet to make some candles.
WAIT- You might be wondering, why did I have such a large amount of wax sitting in the closet? Long story short I bought it for a crayon project I was attempting, and I didn't end up needing it. So.....there you have it... Bryan had broken it into smaller pieces for easier storage:
WAIT Why do I have fragrance oils sitting around??? Well that's from when I was making soap. What can I say? I like to make things!
I got this particular scent from a store on Etsy, unfortunately I don't think it exists anymore.
Bryan also came up with the BRILLIANT idea to make the candles in mason jars! I have a serious obsession with anything in mason jars, so I knew I had to do it.
I went to Michael's and bought some candle wicks and now had all of the necessary supplies. But I wasn't sure how I was going to melt the wax. The package suggests you melt the wax using a double boiler, but that sounds terrifying to me- my clumsiness mixed with boiling water and hot wax??? NO. I've melted the wax in a microwave before too, but that gets messy and dangerous.
So I looked into it, and mason jars can be used in the oven. I used a lower temperature just in case, but this made candle-making so easy. I just put some pieces of wax into the jar:
And then put it directly into the oven (on top of a pan so it wouldn't fall over) at about 300 degrees (F). As the wax melted in the oven, I added a little more wax to make it as full as possible without overflowing.
When the wax was all melted, I took it out of the oven (VERY CAREFULLY) and mixed in some fragrance and color with an old spoon we didn't need anymore. The coloring didn't work out, but that's ok- the fragrance did!
Then Bryan MacGyver-ed this little tool to hold the wick in place while the candle cooled down and set up. He made it with a piece of cardboard with a hole in the middle and a small binder clip to hold the wick at the right level.
An hour or to later, the candle had cooled down and the wick had stayed in place!
This morning, I tried the candle out:
I was so excited about how it turned out! For some reason the candle has gone out a couple of times and I've had to re-light it, but I still think this is pretty cool! Plus I'm using up some of those craft supplies I have all over the place- SCORE!