For those of you who follow me on YouTube or Instagram, you will know that I am obsessed with candles. I spend a fortune on candles, especially during the Autumn and Winter months. I absolutely love to fill my home with the warm scents of cinnamon, apples, oranges, cloves, pine… It makes me feel so Christmassy and cosy. In the Spring and Summer, I like a simpler more clean fragrance, with a hint of flowers or vanilla.
Recently on Instagram I have seen the most beautiful crystal, intention setting candles, but they come with a hefty price tag. Some of them around £70 and for someone who burns them all day, every day, that isn’t what I want to pay for a candle. So I thought that I would try to make my own.
I have made a first impressions vlog style video so that i could genuinely see if they were as easy as they looked, and I have also made a tutorial once I knew what I was doing. I can confirm they are super easy but your first one may be a bit more fiddly.
How to make Crystal Candles
You will need…
- Candle making kit
- Glass bowl
- Wick holder
- Crystal chips, points or tumble stones
- Dried herbs or flowers
How to…(The video guide may be easier)
- Measure approx 160g of wax per 20cl glass container (or 1 1/2 20cl cups using the glasses provided)
- Stick the wicks to the centre of each glass using the sticky tabs provided.
- Add in a few dried loose petals or dried flowers to the bottom of your empty glass.
- Boil water in the pan and place an empty glass bowl on top.
- Over a medium heat melt the wax in the glass bowl (I did each candle one at a time)
- Once the temp reaches just under 80 degrees c – take the wax off the heat and put aside for a couple of minutes. Stir in your colouring now if you want to add any colour.
- At around 65 degrees Celsius, stir in approx 10g of the scent provided.
- Position your wick holder on the glass jar around the wick ready to pour in the wax.
- Pour wax into the glass allowing a gap at the top to add a little more in case they get an indent hole as they dry. Do not touch or move the glasses until they set.
- Repeat for each glass, checking to see if previous glasses need any more wax adding too them.
- Leave them to sit for around 45 minutes before adding any crystals or flowers to the top. They shouldn’t look opaque at all but shouldn’t be fully set neither.
- Leave overnight to set fully.
- The next day, trim your wick leaving around 1cm.
- Light your candle, and enjoy.
- Please tag me in your photos if you manage to do this
Tips for the beginner candle maker…
- If you don’t have scales to weigh the wax, 160g is about 1 1/2 of the 2ocl empty glasses they provide.
- Get the wax to around 78 degrees (Celsius) but don’t exceed 80, before taking off the heat otherwise they don’t fill out the glasses properly as they cool too fast.
- Put the scent in at around 65 degrees.
- Make sure you pour the wax into the glasses on a flat surface and don’t touch the glasses otherwise the wax moves around and leaves marks around the rim.
- Less is more with decorations. I put way too much lavender in one and wasn’t keen on how it looked.
- You can put some loose flowers in before pouring in the wax, and they float up to the top if you are concerned about lighting candles with flowers in (the wax stops them from setting on fire)
- If you do add any flowers to your finished candle, keep them away from the wick.
- When setting your crystals and flowers leave them to set for around 45 mins to 1 hour first so that the wax isn’t too soft that they sink, or too hard that it cracks.
- Smaller crystal chips or tumble stones work better for these small glasses.
- The kit doesn’t include enough of the scent and colouring for all 5 candles so use 10g of essence rather than the recommended 16g in each. I only used the colouring in 1 to try it out.
You can select any tumbled stones or chips that resonate with you, just make sure they are stones that can be around moisture. You can also set intentions for the candles e.g rose petals or hibiscus with rose quartz chips for love, amethyst and clear quartz for protection and cleansing, citrine for abundance and so on.
I chose the vanilla essence kit for my candles, because burning white, vanilla scented candles are good to warn off any negativity including negative spirits. My pack did come with a coral colouring that I tried for one, just for the purpose of the videos, but they rest I kept white.
My favourite was the chamomile and citrine. I just think that it looked so classy with the white candle. I also added a slice of dried orange to one of them and that looked really cute too (But keep this away from the flame as it can burn). The rose candle is also gorgeous, and I definitely noticed that less is more with these.
So there we have it! 5 crystal, intention setting candles for around £5 each. Huge savings, and they can last us until the winter depending on how obsessed you are about burning them or showing them off. They are also perfect inexpensive gifts for anyone struggling to afford much right now, or to give anyone for a little pick me up.
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