Tip: once you have finished the glass jars of tapenades or pasta sauces Sur le Sentier des Bergers, wash them and use them to make homemade candles!
To make homemade candles, you will need the following accessories:
- A pan
- A container (pourer if possible) to melt the wax in a double boiler
- Wax pellets: soy wax, beeswax, mimosa wax… it's up to you! As far as we are concerned, we used soy wax.
- Candle wicks: easily found in hobby shops or on www.terre-de-bougies.com
- Skewers or Chinese chopsticks
- Oil-based food coloring or oily colored pencils
- Essential oils (optional)
- Candle glasses, which will become candles → a nice way to reuse empty jars Sur le Sentier des Bergers
STEP 1: Prepare the candle glasses
Place the metal part of the wicks at the bottom of the candle glass. Place a skewer or a stick across the candle glass and tape the top of the wick to the stick so that the wick is straight. It must be well drawn and straight.
STEP 2: Melt the wax
The amount needed will depend on the type of wax used. On average, it will be necessary to measure twice the capacity of the glass. Measure the capacity of the candle glass by pouring water into it. Pour the water into a measuring cup. It will be necessary to measure double this capacity for the wax.
If you use soy wax and Sur le Sentier des Bergers glass jars, it's very simple! 500g of soy wax will fill exactly 2 250ml jars (large format, i.e. 180g of products on the Shepherd's Trail) + 2 125ml jars (small format, i.e. 90g of product).
500g of soy wax will therefore make 4 candles!
To melt the wax, half fill your pan with water. Then put the container that contains the wax pellets to melt it in a double boiler over low heat.
Use a metal spoon or spatula to mix the wax. Once the wax is melted, you can color it and perfume it.
To color the candle, there are two options: food coloring or greasy pencils. Be careful not to put water-based dye, you must find oil-based dye. Since it is difficult to find oil-based dye, another option is to use grease crayons.
If you use food coloring, pour a few drops in the wax and then adjust the color according to your preference.
If you use oily pencils, cut pieces of pencils and put them in the wax. Small pieces of pencil are enough!
Remember to stir well so that the ingredients mix well.
You can then perfume your wax by adding a few drops of essential oil: for 200g of wax, add 5 drops for a medium-scented candle and 10 drops for a well-scented candle.
STEP 3: Pour the wax
Place your candle glasses in a place where you can leave them without touching them for a few hours. Do not touch them before the wax is completely dry!
Pour the wax into the glasses, holding the stick firmly on top.
Pour at the desired height.
STEP 4: Let cool
Let the wax cool at least 3 or 4 hours at room temperature. However, I advise you to let it cool overnight.
Your candles are ready! You can now light them, enjoy them, or give them to loved ones!
Thanks to these pots, the candles can be closed after use.