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DIY Cozy Christmas Scented Candles

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DIY Cozy Christmas Scented Candles

Maria Provenzano's DIY Christmas candles aren’t just gorgeous home décor, they make wonderful presents too!
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DIY Cozy Christmas Scented Candles Maria Provenzano Yield: This amount will make a large batch of candles; the amount will vary depending on the size of the containers Materials: 1 pound soy wax Spatula Wax pouring pitcher (which is a tall aluminum pot specifically for candle making) Saucepan large enough to fit the pouring pitcher inside with some additional space on the sides Thermometer for candle making Essential oils safe for candle making; about 1 oz *This amount can vary based on the brand you are using, be sure to double-check what each brand recommends before adding. Containers for the candles; be sure they are heat-proof such as mason jar, mugs, candle-making tins, etc. Candle wicks Pencils, or something similar, to hold the wick in place (some kits come with popsicle sticks that can be used as well) Additional decor such as dried/fresh herbs or spices, labels, sticks, etc. Directions: 1. Place 1 pound of soy wax chips in a pouring pitcher and place the pitcher in a saucepan with simmering water. 2. Melt the wax, stirring frequently. Add the thermometer to wax. 3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to about 160 degrees Fahrenheit and stir in the essential oils. 4. Prepare the wicks by placing them in the desired containers and hold them in place with 2 pencils or something similar like popsicle sticks. Many kits come with wick holders that help with this as well. 5. When the wax cools to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit, it can be poured into the prepared containers. 6. Add additional decorations such as dried/fresh flowers or spices if desired. 7. Allow the wax to set overnight. 8. Cut the wick down to ¼ inch. Tips: Candle-making kits are available and are a great way to get started with candle-making. Top with fresh or dried flowers for a feminine, floral finishing touch or spices like cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cardamom pods for an extra cozy touch. Make sure you use a safe container for candle-making, such as a mason jar or mug. Ensure the containers that the wax is being poured into aren’t cold, as this can cause them to break with the extreme difference in temperature. You can even place the containers on a baking sheet and keep them in the oven set at the lowest temperature until you are ready to pour the wax.

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