If you enjoy sitting by a cozy fireplace during cold days, you will definitely love using wood wick candles. This kind of candle uses treated wood instead of the traditional string or cord as its wick. Because of this, whenever you light up a wood wick candle, you can actually hear the crackling sound and smell the homey scent just like when you burn logs in your hearth. Making these candles is effortless and fun. They also make impressive yet inexpensive gifts for your loved ones. Just follow these simple steps to make your very own wood wick candle.
- Prepare the materials that you will need. Before you begin crafting your candles, it is advisable that you place wax paper or newspaper on your work area. This will make clean up easier. Gather all the materials and equipment that you will need and assemble them near your heat source. For this project, you will need candle wax and some treated wood wicks, preferably ones that have tabs at the bottom. You can also use fragrance oils and dyes. You will also need a few candle jars, a wax thermometer, some wick glue dots, a butter knife, nail clippers, paper towels, a cookie sheet, metal stirring spoon, and a double boiler or two sauce pans (one for pouring and the other for heating water).
- Heat the candle jars. The first thing that you need to do is to prepare the jars you will use to put the candle in. Wash these glass containers with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Wipe the containers dry and place them on your cookie sheet. Preheat your oven to its lowest setting, about 150 degrees. Place the containers in the oven until you are ready to pour the wax. Preheating the glass jars will keep them from shattering and prevent your wax from cracking.
- Melt the wax. Prepare the appropriate amount of wax for your candle jars. Typically, it takes a pound of wax to fill four medium sized containers. Use the butter knife to shave the wax into small pieces. Melt the wax in your double boiler. You can make your own double boiler by placing one sauce pan on top of the other. Pour approximately an inch of water in the bottom pan then place the pot to be used for pouring on top. Allow the water to boil before putting the wax inside the pouring pot. Set the heat to a medium or low level to keep the wax from getting too hot.
Using the wax thermometer, periodically check the wax’s temperature and adjust your stove’s heat setting accordingly. Do not leave your melting wax unattended. Once all the wax has completely melted, move your pouring pot to your work area. You may stir in your choice of dyes or fragrance oils at this point. Add about two tablespoons of fragrance oil for every pound of candle wax that you used. Stir the mixture with the metal spoon until the oil and dye has been completely incorporated into the wax.
- Place the wick inside the candle jars. While the wax is melting, you can start putting the wood wicks in the containers for your candles. Stick a glue dot at the bottom of each treated wick then fasten the wick in the center of the glass container. Press down firmly but not too hard to avoid damaging the tabs.
- Pour the melted wax into the candle jars. When the wax reaches the pouring temperature, about 120 to 140 degrees F, it is ready to be transferred into the glass containers. Slowly decant the wax into the prepared jars. Do not pour wax directly on the wood wick.
Let your homemade wood wick candles set for a day before clipping the wick. Using the nail clippers, trim the wood wick down to about a quarter of an inch. Allow it to cure for a week. Always remember to observe safety precautions when using the candles.