Holiday candle crafts are a great choice for anyone in search of unique Christmas presents.
The Appeal of Holiday Candle Crafts
There are many reasons to consider giving holiday candle crafts:
- When purchased in bulk, candle making supplies are very affordable for those on a tight budget.
- Your candle is a one-of-a-kind creation that's unlike anything purchased from the local mall.
- Candle scents and colors can be customized to match the recipient's décor.
Personalized Photo Candles
For a special gift, try decorating candles with your favorite family photos. This easy project requires no previous candle making experience, since you're merely embellishing a previously purchased candle.
- Inkjet printer. To ensure the most vibrant colors, check ink levels before beginning your project.
- Tissue paper. Don't use tissue paper saved from previous gift wrap, since the paper needs to be free of wrinkles and creases.
- Plain candle. You can use whatever scent you wish, although light colored wax will ensure the best image.
- Heat embossing gun. A hair dryer will work in a pinch, but it will take much longer to melt the wax.
- Wax paper. Look for this in the baking supply section of your local grocery store.
- Print your photo on a small sheet of tissue paper. If you don't want to make a personalized photo candle, simply use the clip art image of your choice.
- Place the tissue image around your candle, taking care to smooth out any creases.
- Wrap wax paper around the entire candle.
- Use your heat embossing gun to gently melt the candle wax. As the wax melts, the tissue paper will seem to magically disappear.
- Remove the wax paper to reveal the image that is now embedded into your candle.
Ice Candle Instructions
Ice candles have a unique textural look. Filled with interesting cracks and crevices, these candles often resembled modern art sculptures.
- A mold. If you don't have access to a pre-made pillar candle mold, use a cardboard milk or juice container.
- Paraffin candle wax. If you don't want to purchase candle wax, try melting old crayons or the wax from previously purchased candles.
- Small white tapered candle. Using a tapered candle makes it easier to ensure that the wick is set correctly, especially if you are working with young children to complete this project.
- A small cup of ice. Chop the ice into small chunks to ensure the most attractive looking candle.
- Color and fragrance as desired. For extra pizazz, try making an aromatherapy candle that will boost your energy level or calm your frazzled nerves through the power of essential oils.
- Melt small chunks of candle wax in a double boiler. To ensure that the wax doesn't become too hot, try to keep the temperature between 170-180 degrees.
- Add color and scent as desired.
- Pour approximately ½ inch of wax into the bottom of the mold, then insert the small white tapered candle and wait for the wax to harden.
- Spoon approximately two inches of crushed ice around the taper, then cover with melted wax. After the wax cools, repeat this process until the mold is full.
- Wait at least one hour for the candle to cool, then remove from the mold.
Presenting Holiday Candles
Since a homemade candle is a one-of-a-kind creation, it deserves a unique presentation. For example:
- Tie a pretty ribbon bow around the middle of the candle and attach a small gift tag.
- Present your candle in an accompanying homemade candle holder.
- Include the candle as part of a gift basket filled with matching scented soap or body lotion.
To learn more about making holiday candle crafts, check out the following helpful books:
- Basic Candle Making: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started by Eric Ebeling
- The Everything Candle Making Book: Create Homemade Candles in House-Warming Colors, Interesting Shapes, and Appealing Scents by Marie-Jeanne Abadie
- Essentially Candles: The Elegant Art of Candle Making & Embellishing by Robert S. McDaniel and Katherine J. McDaniel
- The Candle Maker's Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles by Betty Oppenheimer
- Big Book of Candles by Sue Heaser