Love those expensive country-store candles? Learn the secrets to make them yourself!
- Buy or use any base candle (votives, pillars, tapers, etc.).
- Purchase scented wax tarts, or chunks from country store, or retailer.
- Melt in double boiler (pan inside another pan with water in bottom pan; make sure the top wax boiler is one you don't use anymore). Never heat wax on too high of a temperature. Melt on Med or Low setting, takes a while, but watch it carefully and stir often.
- After wax has melted, remove from heat to a heat-safe surface. Begin carefully whipping the wax as it cools, (pretend you're scrambling eggs). It will develop chunks and become thick and frothy.
- Begin "icing" your candle with the lump wax using a fork. Try tapping and spreading the wax randomly to create a lumpy appearance, just like icing a cake.
- You may use the same wax you melted and dip your candle to seal it and smooth out the surface if desired. Not necessary.
- Work quickly! The whipped wax solidifies in minutes--or less.
- Never leave wax unattended; it will smoke, and catch fire.
- Don't let kids do this project.
- Keep pets away from work area, dripping wax, even when lumpy can still be very hot.
- Use heat safe surfaces, and wear gloves that resist heat.