Make Your Own Candles

by Maggie Battista on January 2, 2014

in Entertaining, Featured

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I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. A lot.

Besides cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner, I actually gave in and moved my office into the kitchen. For one, the light is so damn nice, especially in the early morning. My kitchen windows face east and the sunrise slays me, making my morning espresso all the more sweet. And secondly, I’m now way closer to the stuff that matters: the food.

On the weekends or during a busy holiday season, I’m in the kitchen for upwards of twelve hours at once. Frankly, I’m a little nuts and it’s just like me to tackle both Orange Marmalade and Grapefruit Marmalade simultaneously, which means I’m cutting and prepping fruit on day one and actually boiling down the marmalade on day two. As the citrus scents fills the house, I’m actually searching for projects to fill my in-between time. And these candles are the perfect tiny project to add into the mix.

I used some glass yogurt jars that I had gathered from the dairy section of my local grocery store. Whatever you use, make sure the vessels are clean and dry before starting this tiny project. I do hope that your 2014 is filled with tons of handmade projects to make your home exactly where you want to be. We plan to launch many more DIY-style projects on Eat Boutique in the new year. What would YOU like to see us write about?

Happy new year! xox

Make Your Own Candles

Ingredients:

  • Vessels to house the candles (I used used yogurt jars, but these would be nice too)
  • Candle wicks in an appropriate length and thickness (I used this size for my 3″ jars)
  • Wax adhesive (I used this brand)
  • Flake soy wax (I used this brand) – Two pounds of wax makes about four-six small jars
  • Double boiler (or an old coffee tin or a candle making pitcher – I used this one)
  • Skewers or chopsticks (either works fine!)
  • Rubber bands (gathered from my trips to the grocery store)
  • Essential oil of choice (I chose sweet orange, wonder why?!)
  • Newsprint

Directions:

  1. Place a layer of newsprint on your chosen work surface.
  2. Place a tiny ball of wax adhesive to the base of your wick. Stick the base of the wick to the bottom-center of your vessel.
  3. Place two skewers on either side of the tip of the wick, resting it on the lip of the jar. Tie both ends with a rubber band and make sure the wick is perfectly centered in the jar. The skewers should keep it in place when you pour the wax.
  4. In your double boiler, add water and set over medium heat. In the top of the double boiler (or a candle making pitcher) place the flake soy wax and let it melt until it’s all dissolved and transparent.
  5. Remove the wax pan or pitcher off of the double boiler and wipe the bottom (carefully, it’s hot!) with towel. Add in your chosen essential oil. (I added a heaping tablespoon of oil for the two pounds of wax and the scent is mild – I will add more next time!)
  6. Pour the wax into your vessels, making sure to leave about 1/4″ or 1/2″ space from the top of the lip of the jar.
  7. Permit the candles to cool at least a few hours or, preferably, over night.
  8. Trim the wax to 1/4″ before lighting. Light and enjoy. Or gift with a bucketful of oranges, because, why not?!

Illustration by Katie Eberts.

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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.


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  • Caroline

    I love this project! So glad to hear more projects are coming. I would like to DIY edible gifts/favors projects and any “reuse, reduce, recycle” projects.

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      There will be so many more DIY food gifts – definitely. And I love the gifts that take eco into consideration. YAY! Thanks, Caroline! xox

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