Friday, December 16, 2011

soy-licious Candles!!

okay... as promised a little very basic Tutorial on my Soy Candles!

first... you must go vintage shopping and find some flashy glass goodness at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army!!


then you buy this! ( and only THIS!! ) hahah....


most of my glass wares held around 10 to 12oz... so, using a big o'le plastic ( never going to eat in it again ) measuring cup, filler up with your soy wax flakes!  this will reduce once heated to 1/2 the size in liquid form!  :)  i usually eyeball mine! 


using Soy Candle wicks that you will also purchase with your wax, secure it into your candle container!


okay... here's the fun/ tricky part ( if you will ) adding in the scents!  i have done quite a bit of research on the theory behind the smells of candles and i will tell you none of it made any sense!  LOL  but, what i did figure out was that, i wanted to use Essential oils instead of Fragrance oils, because they were not chemically achieved.  This did result in a lighter, but cleaner smell... which is my preference.

i used 4oz of Essential oil in each container... which can get spendy if you're buying them at a craft store, so i would suggest supporting your local Etsy sellers!!  Feel free to mix scents too!!  i used either Cloves or Peppermint in all of mine with a fruity addition to keep up a holiday feel!!  yum!!

then, just pour it it in!


start lining up your beauties... and note your wicks will move on you a bit, but just try and keep them somewhat supported and balanced!  you can do it!!  :)


then let them rest until they set up ( not long at all!!  a night resting would be enough to give your gifts away the next day!! ).


when you're ready... cut your wick down and wipe off all the extra messies & drips ( you may have made while filling them up )... easy peasy!!  and super gorgeous!!


i think, i'm finally done with all my teacher's gifts... i love them all and i hope my boy's teachers know how much i appreciate all their efforts towards their success!!


ps... my oldest just received another 4.0!!! ( including high school algebra... he's in 8th grade!! )  i'm super proud!!

Xo, Heather

20 comments:

  1. Congrats to your son!!!!! That is super cool!!!!

    I soy love those candles ( ba dum dum)!!!! I think that will be a great project to try with the kids when they are super bored next week, thanks :o)

    The gifts are amazing. I hope you are healing up nicely and not taking on too much.

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  2. How fun! I just might have to take a trip to Goodwill today!

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  3. Thanks for this! Looks like great fun!

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  4. These look wonderful! Thanks for showing how easy it is :)

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  5. That is an incredible set of gifts! I love everything included! Lucky teachers. I've often found myself standing in front of the candle wax display at the craft store but never pulled the trigger. After reading your previous post on the cross zipper pouches I went online to find a similar pattern (sewmamasew had some instruction on a draw string bag). I have a four day weekend this weekend and once I get the Xmas shopping done today it is all about SEWING! :)

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  6. Did you add the essential oils while the wax was still in flakes? And where did you buy the soy wax? I love this and have wanted to make candles for years. Your idea for the glass is genius. Thanks.

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  7. Thanks for the great tutorial! Now I want to make some candles, too!!

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  8. Hi Dana!

    You add in the Essential Oils after you've heated your wax up to the liquid form and stir them arround!

    And you can find that wax at any of your local Craft stores in your area or online! :)

    x, H

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  9. what a fabulous idea!! love how you put them in the glass!!! now i need to try it!!

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  10. I always wanted to try making candles but it look so complicated...you made it look very easy, I think I'll give it a try : )
    Congrats to your son proud Mama!!!

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  11. The candles look great! Love the glass wear that you found!
    Congrats to your son! I don't know if I could even spell algebra in 8th grade. That's why I took geometry. Give me something to look at and I'm cool :)

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  12. I love the candles, but I love the Algebra comment better. I teach Algebra to 8th graders and I know how hard it is to get that A. Good for him and you!
    Lee Ann

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  13. oh man - that is such a great idea! i'm gonna have to try this.

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  14. oh man, those are so cute! i thought i was almost done with my holiday making. maybe not.

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  15. thank you so much for sharing this, I love it and have 'pinned' your sweet pic of a finished candle to our pinterest page! Your teacher-gifts are gorgeous, they will be so happy. Cat

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  16. Beautiful! Appreciate the tip about the essential oils. My mother was talking about maybe making soy candles as a hobby... I'll have to forward her this post.

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  17. Thank you for the soy candle direction. What a perfect hostess gift.
    Happy Holidays

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  18. What a lovely teacher's gift! Thank you for the tutorial. I can't wait to try this. :)

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  19. It will be great fun enjoying making candles of your choice.
    We can even add our own designs and molds in it.
    Great idea.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Keep sharing more and more.

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  20. I'm a teacher...and I totally would have made happy squeaky noises if I had gotten these....

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