Holiday Season Scents
Lately, I’ve been on a candle making roll. It’s easy, quick, and really fun! It’s also really rewarding to sit back and enjoy the sweet fragrance of your homemade goods wafting through the air. Ahhh…it’s pretty nice. With the holiday season right around the corner (well, if you’ve stopped into any store lately it’s pretty clear that we’re already IN holiday season?’…even if technically we’re several weeks out) I’m thinking about all of the wonderful handmade gifts that I can make. Candles are always crowd pleasers. Everyone loves a candle and everyone will use a candle- which makes them the perfect gift for teachers, co-workers, friends, and those last minute parties that you need a grab-bag gift for. This next candle uses the basic candle recipe with a wonderful holiday scent that will fill your home with holiday cheer! Cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, berry, and vanilla…get ready for a cozy evening around the tree!
Holiday Season Candles
First, prep your candle jars. You’ll need to place the wicks inside the jars and position the wicks in the center. To do this, you can use a glue dot or a dot of hot glue to affix the bottom of the wick to the inside of the jar (that way it won’t move around when you pour the hot wax into the jar). To make sure the wick stays straight, you can place a pencil or popsicle stick on the top of the jar and tape the end of the wick to it to stabilize.
Next, melt the candle wax. 1 ounce of wax (about 5 cups) will yield about three 8 ounce candles or one 24 ounce candle. Today I’m going to take the easy road and melt it in the microwave using a microwave safe bowl. Be sure to melt at short intervals stirring in between and to check the temperature with a cooking or candy thermometer.
Now it’s time to stir in your fragrance oil, making sure that it’s completely blended throughout the wax. Pour the mixture into your prepped container (s) and allow to sit overnight before using. When you’re ready to burn your new, amazing smelling candle just make sure to trim the wick so that it’s not sticking out of the container.
Start making these now because once you give one away, everyone will be waiting to receive one as a gift from you!