There's something so relaxing about burning a candle. Whether you're chilling out watching some feel-good TV or reading in the bath, the flicker of a flame and a beautiful scent can instantly lift your mood. Sure, you could buy a candle in the shops, but creating you very own personalised version is even better.
Making something yourself is so satisfying, plus you can customise everything from the jar and scent to the label. Even better, they make a super-thoughtful gift for a friend or a lovely pick-me-up from you to, well, you. This version can be made for under £10, so at this time of year when money is tight and the weather is rubbish, why not give it a try? Click through below to find out how it's done (in 10 easy steps).
Wax pellets (makes eight large or 12 small candles), £8
Pre-waxed wicks (pack of nine), £3
Pan, bowl, kettle, scales, measuring jug, clothes peg, and spoon
For one 190-millilitre candle, add 80 grams of wax pellets to a glass bowl.
Boil a kettle of water, and pour into your pan until it's half full. Place the glass bowl on top of the pan over a medium-heated hob.
Wax melts at around 55º, which takes around five to 10 minutes.
Add 10 drops (or less, if desired) of fragrance oil to the melting wax. If desired, add two to three shards of coloured wax dye.
Take a pre-waxed wick, and dip it into the melted wax in your pan.
Quickly place this firmly in the centre of your glass jar.
Thread the top of the wick through the hole in your peg. Balance this on the jar to keep the wick in position.
Transfer your melted wax into a measuring jug for easy pouring into the jar.
Pour around the wick carefully, and leave to set for at least four hours (preferably overnight).
The wax will turn from clear to solid once completely set.
If you want to add a label, you can download our template here. Save and print onto your sticky-back paper.
Simple black-and-white print looks seriously chic.
Once printed, cut out with scissors to fit your jar. Peel off the back, and press down firmly.
All done. Enjoy!