It's October which means everywhere you look you see the warm colors of Fall and beautiful Autumn decor! This is my favorite time of year and I LOVE decorating my home for Fall. I always try to add at least one new item to my collection of Fall decorations and this year I decided I wanted to create some beautiful centerpieces for my home. In this tutorial I will show you how to create some deliciously scented votive candles and show you how you can use them to make your own glass luminaries.
First, I decided I wanted to make some votive candles that would be both functional and pretty!
Here are the items I used to make these candles:
IGI 4630 Harmony Blend Container Wax
3.25oz Straight Sided Libbey Votive
Dulce Pumpkin Fragrance Oil
#7 Pumpkin Dye Block
LX16 6" Wicks
Large Pouring Pot
Metal Spoon or Stir Stick
Medium Sauce Pan
Metal Cookie Cutter or Trivet
Parchment or Wax Paper
To make these candles, I followed the step by step guide that shows you how to make a container candle.
The first step here is to measure out the wax. Luckily, the 4630 wax is super soft so I was able to use a putty knife to cut it into chunks and measure out the amount of wax I needed. These little votive jars hold approximately 2.5oz of wax so I measured out about 1 pound of wax for my 6 jars.
While my wax was melting, I spaced my jars out on some parchment paper and adhered the wicks to the bottom of the jars with a wick sticker. Laying the parchment paper down will help make cleanup a breeze if there are any drips or spills. It can also help protect your counter tops from any damage from dye or fragrance oil.
Once the wax reached about 185°F, I added my fragrance oil and stirred for about 2-3 minutes to make sure that the fragrance oil would bind to the wax and not settle to the bottom of the candle. I then added my pumpkin dye, using scissors to snip off little shavings of the dye block and sprinkled it into the pouring pot.
You'll need to be careful not to add too much dye to the wax so you don't end up with a clogged wick!
Once I decided I liked the color, I checked to see if the wax was the right temperature for pouring which is about 155°F.
Then, I slowly poured the wax into the votive jars and filled them up about 1/4 of an inch below the lip of the jar. If you fill your containers up to the very top, you risk having melted wax spill over the sides of the jar so make sure you leave plenty of room for your melt pool!
Next, I centered my wicks using a wick bar and let the candles set up over night. This wax is a single-pour but sometimes it can shrink up just a little bit so you may need to do a second pour. Do not do the second pour until the wax has completely cooled otherwise the wax may continue to shrink and the second pour may not fix the shrinkage.
Now it's time for the fun part! I went to my local craft store and found some cute little Fall items to decorate with.
Here are the materials I used:
First, I poured some of the foam glitter balls into one of the 22oz Cubes then placed one of the candles on top of the balls.
I then had to place more glitter balls around the candle until the sides were mostly covered up.
It was a bit tricky to make sure that the candles were balanced on the balls but I was able to steady the jars better with the balls that surrounded them.
Next, I used the 31oz Cylinder Jars and poured the plastic Fall gems into the container.
These gems were too large to fit around the sides of my candle container so I had to move them around and re-situate them until my candle was balanced.
And Voila! You have beautiful, handmade, Fall centerpieces for your home! These were so easy and so much fun to create!
Now it's your time to try! Pick containers and decor items you love and make the design your own!
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