When Amy at Positively Splendid gave a tutorial to make citronella candles a couple of weeks ago, I knew I wanted to do this project! I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time finding candles that match my outdoor decor and aren’t really expensive. Top that with the newfound knowledge from Amy (that I secretly suspected) that the citronella candles you buy in the store are not all they are cracked up to be and don’t effectively keep the mosquitos at bay, I was completely sold on this project.
My mom was coming down for the weekend, so I gathered all of my supplies for some old fashioned candle making for a nice little project for us to do together.
But we hit a couple of snags along the way…
Probelm #1: I didn’t buy near enough wax. Amy used soy wax, which really makes a better candle than paraffin, so that is what I purchased also. But 1 16-oz bag wasn’t going to go very far, and I had 12 jars to fill. To go ahead and get our feet wet on the project we decided to go ahead and make a couple of candles from what we had.
And just so we could show those PINK candles who is the boss, we got some candle dye, too.
Problem #4: The candle dye didn’t do squat for our PINK candles. The paperwork on the dye cautioned to use sparingly. Whatever. The soy just overpowered the color.
The good news? When the candles are lit the wax burns a lovely shade of red. 🙂
Problem #5: The last of the soy we didn’t use in the PINK candles we used to make a lovely golden colored candle. Oh wait, nope. The soy overtook that one, too, and just looks like we didn’t add any coloring to it at all. Ha!
Problem #6: While the paraffin candles took to the dye beautifully, the centers of the candles collapsed when they dried. No biggie, but not as pretty as the soy. In the above picture, the top candle is the paraffin and the bottom candle is the soy.
At the end of the process, we had 12 jars of candles and 6 floating candles.
We decided to have some fun with a couple of the jars and the floating candles and made them two-toned. I love how they turned out!
Also, the above picture is the only one with my mom in it. Can you spot her? Yeah, that’s her thumb holding up the mold in the top photo. She hates having her picture taken, but I told her she was going to be on the blog. Hi, mom! 🙂
Okay, so let’s recap. The process of making the candles themselves was actually very simple, and we followed all of Amy’s instructions. It was getting the exact colors we wanted that caused the problem. Which, if you remember, is part of the reason I wanted to make my own!