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Project

Container Candles

These wonderful candles are a fun project that will leave your home beautifully lit and wonderful smelling.

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Materials

  • 2/3 cup Hydrogenated soybean wax or food shortening
  • 2 2/3 bars Paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Dye pellets or food coloring
  • 5 teaspoons essential oils (such as vanilla, cinnamon stick, or apple)
  • Stirring spoons
  • Container for candle (able to withstand extremely hot water; has a thick base)
  • Cotton, medium-gauge wick
  • Popsicle stick
  • Metal wick holder
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin by melting your paraffin wax in a double boiler; then add the hydrogenated soybean wax. Add dye -- or food coloring -- to create your desired color; add essential oils to the wax to create fragrance. Stir together and allow mixture to melt. Once the mixture reaches 165 degrees, you are ready to pour.

  2. Step 2

    Attach bottom of wick to metal wick holder. Attach wick, now attached to wick holder, to bottom of candle container with hot glue; press into place and let cool.

  3. Step 3

    Rest Popsicle stick across the top of candle container; wrap wick around Popsicle stick to prevent it from falling into the candle container.

  4. Step 4

    Fill your candle container 3/4 full with wax. A skin will form within 30 minutes; wax will appear solid in about one hour, but it will take 6 hours to set. Be sure not to move the candle while it is still liquefied.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007

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Reviews (14)

  • therealmisspiggy 7 Feb, 2009

    I am searching for more information about the wick and what we need to do to make sure it works properly.

    Thank you
    Sonja Matschuck

  • Cristle 28 Dec, 2008

    Where do I find "the article"? I too wouldl like to see the ratio for the wax and the crisco. thanks for your help~ ((hugs)) Cristle

  • grisou74 27 Dec, 2008

    click on "print" and you will have the instructions.

  • grisou74 27 Dec, 2008

    click on "print" and you will have the instructions.

  • BrandyAlexandra 26 Dec, 2008

    This website is ridiculous. On two of the sites all you get is the Comments section and when you click on the Video you get the same thing. I can never get the article or the video. What gives? It's not brain surgery, yet it is set up and doesn't work.

  • beatusbaca 26 Dec, 2008

    I had the same problem with the video popping up and interrupting the article. Just click on the "close" button marked with an X and the video will go away and the article will reappear.

  • beatusbaca 26 Dec, 2008

    I had the same problem with the video interrupting the article. Just click on the "close" button with an X on it and the video will go away and the article will reappear.

  • KayWheeler 25 Dec, 2008

    Where can I find the article for these??? When I click on "Container Candles" it brings me here. I need the "recipe" so I know what goes in these candles.
    Thanks for your help!!

  • lunjen 24 Dec, 2007

    When I made these, the top dipped down around the wick. Did this happen to anyone else, or do you know how to fix/avoid this?

  • mauiamy 23 Dec, 2007

    how much is 2 2/3 bars of paraffin wax? is it 2 2/3 cups? I just purchased a bar of paraffin wax but it's 4lbs...

  • LeeE 22 Dec, 2007

    No need for answer. I found it, by reading "the Article". Thanks.

  • LeeE 22 Dec, 2007

    What is the ratio when using Crisco with the supper market parrifin?

  • marijka 21 Dec, 2007

    I use a long, old serrated bread knife.

  • ShirleeK 20 Dec, 2007

    Do you break up the parafin before melting? If so, what's the best way?

    The last time I made candles I broke up the wax using a heavy duty screwdriver and a hammer . . kind of messy and not too efficient :-)