Candles bring some welcome cosiness to these long January evenings. You can’t beat settling down by the fire with the twinkling light flickering away. With a few supplies it is easy to make a candle. You can even save wax from candles that are finished until you have enough scraps to make new candle.
While tidying up the cupboard under the stairs, I came across a box containing some long forgotten candle making supplies. There was a small bag of wax pellets and a length of wick. Years ago I went through a phase of making candles and had completely forgotten about it.
A small glass vase which made a good container. I secured a length of wick on the base of the vase with a piece of plastic modelling clay. To keep the wick upright while pouring the melted wax in, I tied it round a wooden BBQ skewer.
The rest couldn’t be easier. I carefully melted the wax in an old saucepan and added some dried lavender flowers and about 20 drops of essential lavender oil. I poured the melted wax into the vase and left overnight to set.
When the wax sets a small dip forms around the wick so the next day, I melted a small quantity of wax and poured it to fill in the dip.
The lavender scent smells lovely but I am not sure adding the dried lavender flowers worked as well as they all floated to the top rather than mixed evenly through the wax as I pictured. I can’t help thinking of dead flies!
During this month, I have been trying to use up supplies we already have. I am now hunting around for pretty or unusual containers that I can use to make more candles either for us to use or for gifts. I am also collecting the stubs of wax from burnt out candles so I can recycle them into new ones.