Making your own candle kit is a great way to start selling candles at home. You can make them in any scent you like, and they are small enough to fit in a gift bag, making them perfect for stocking stuffers or party favours. Making candle kits also has the advantage of being very cost effective. Instead of buying 10 or more individual candles and then having to package and sell them individually, kit making means you only have to buy one batch of scented oils (and an adequate amount of wick and primary wax). Once you've set up your workspace with all the necessary tools, materials and safety equipment, creating a DIY candle kit is actually quite simple. Here's what you need to know:
Choosing a perfume
for your candle When making a candle kit, it is important to choose a scent that matches the occasion. For example, if you are trying to create a scented candle kit for Christmas presents, consider using cinnamon or orange as an ingredient.
Decide on the size of your wick and the type of wax.
The first thing you need to decide when making a candle kit is the size of your wick and the type of wax. This is mainly a matter of personal preference, with some people preferring smaller wicks and others larger ones. You will also need to consider the type of wax you plan to use: soy wax or paraffin wax? If you are unsure, most suppliers have diagrams in their instructions that can help you. A comprehensive guide to choosing your wax: https://labelingenue.fr/bien-etre/6-conseils-pour-choisir-la-cire-de-vos-bougies-et-obtenir-un-parfum-dinterieur-parfait/
Prepare your moulds and equipment
- Choose the moulds you will use for your candles. You can buy them in a craft shop or online. Choose the size and shape that best suits the type of candle you want to make (square, round, etc.). - Make sure your work area is well lit, uncluttered and clean. - Gather all materials and safety equipment: containers for wax and wicks, container for water, measuring cups, scissors, open flame source (lighter or cooker burner), saucepan on low heat, thermometer to measure the temperature of liquid waxes and stirring stick.
Mixing the ingredients of your candle kit
Before you can make your candle kit, you need to mix the ingredients. For this part you will need :
- A primary wax (which is the base of your candle).
- a wick (if you plan to use a container)
- A suitable fragrance oil (this is what gives your candles their scent). The first thing to do is to measure out about a tablespoon of primary wax for every ounce of wax in the container or wick. To measure the amount of oil needed, it is best to use a dropper (available at any craft shop). Mix these two ingredients together and pour them into your container or wick. Make sure there are no lumps before you continue.
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Pour the base layer of your candle kit.
The first step in your process will be to pour the base layer of your candle kit. This is the bottom layer that will ultimately contain your wax. You will need a double boiling pot, but you can also use any pot or vessel large enough to hold a smaller pot or vessel. Fill the bottom pot with water and put it on the cooker until it simmers. Once the water has simmered, add your wax to the small pot on top of the water (or to the remaining space in the bottom pot).
Mix and pour the top layer of your kit.
You need to fill your box with the top layer of your kit: the wax. It is important to use a double boiler to melt the wax and to make sure that it does not boil or get too hot. Use a thermometer for this step to know when the temperature reaches 165°F or 180°F. When it does, pour the liquid wax into the mould that will form the bottom layer of your candle kit.
Not only is making your own candle kits a fun and rewarding experience, but it also allows you to create a product that suits your style and is perfect for any occasion. Just make sure you follow the steps outlined above, and you'll be well on your way to creating a beautiful and fragrant candle!