DISCLAIMER: WAX GETS HOT!! Don't get burned!! Don't do this if you require adult supervision!! Don't put anything that is NOT microwave safe in a microwave!! Don't do anything that isn't safe!! If you question it, check first!!
What You Need . . .
- Candle Wax - I chose microwavable soy wax because I don't have a stove.There are many different types of wax to choose from though.
- Candle fragrance - optional really, but who doesn't like yummy smelly candles?
- Candle container - something to put the wax in. I used teacups and mason jars. You can also buy all sorts of containers in the candle section at your craft store (JoAnn's, Michael's).
- Wicks - there are all kinds of sizes, types, etc of wicks. Just make sure they're longer than your candle container.
- Container for melting (Not pictured)- it's important to have this! I used a mason jar because I didn't want to ruin any of my Pyrex by covering it with wax. I've heard a tin can in a pot on the stove works well too because you can throw it away when you're done!
1. Slowly melt your wax according to its directions. If there aren't any directions, melt it slowly in a pot over the stove or in a microwavable safe container in the microwave. Don't burn it! I melted mine in the microwave 30-60 seconds at a time on 50% power, stirring occasionally (similar to melting chocolate!). I melted mine in a mason jar; if you do this, I recommend being very careful because it gets HOT, especially the rim!! Use pot holders or heat safe gloves if necessary. Mix in color and scent if desired once your wax is liquified.
2. Position your wick in the center of your candle container (teacup, in my case), and slowly pour the hot wax, filling as much as you want. Obviously, don't cover your wick. They make stuff that sticks your wick to the bottom of the cubby so it doesn't move and a lot of instructions talk about using chopsticks to hold the wick upright. I used neither of these and had no problems. May have been the wax, may have been the wicks, may have been that my candles were small. Do whatever works best for you.
3. Let your candle set for a few hours. Avoid shaking it or trimming/moving the wick until candle is completely hardened (I did both of these lol. Oops!).
4. Repeat until all of your wax is gone. I was able to do 2 teacups and 1 tiny mason jar (a little disappointed that that's all 1LB of soy wax will do!
But of course I wasn't done... I had tons more mason jars sitting on my table just waiting to be used! So I went through my candle box and found some gross unscented candles I never use anymore . . .
Add some twine and burlap to the cap and I think it makes a darn cute Christmas present, no? Wouldn't this be adorable as a gift with some homemade scented bath salts also packaged in a mason jar? Hmmm?
Because the upcycled wax was so poor quality, I gave up after that. But I did make some darn cute little candles that I can easily gift for Christmas! I haven't burned any yet, but I'll be sure to burn one for myself to make sure it burns nice and smells like yummy Cinnamon Swirl!