DIY: Make Your Own Autumn Spiced Candles


With October officially in full swing, I wanted to try out and share a super nifty DIY that can really come in clutch this time of year: making your own autumn spiced candles. A weekend afternoon spent drinking mulled cider and candle-making? How perfect. DIY's can be really fun and there's just something extremely rewarding and satisfying about seeing a project through and then being able to use and enjoy it immediately. Candle-making really isn't that intimidating (trust me), even for the DIY-challenged. I went into this whole thing thinking it was going to be a little tricky, and it really wasn't. I promise you can handle this; it's really simple and your home will smell amazing in the process!



Supplies:
2 mason jars (8 ounce size)
1 pound of vanilla premium candle wax
1 package of candle wicks
1 jar of wick adhesive or hot glue gun
Medium sized kitchen pot
Ground spices of your preference (pumpkin spice, cinnamon, cloves)

Additional supplies that may be useful include a knife and cutting board for the wax, wooden skewers or a pencil/pen to hold your wick up once you've glued it down to base of the jar, a coaster to set your jar on when you pour the hot wax, and a pair of scissors for cutting the wick if necessary. I purchased the wax, wick, and adhesive all at Michael's Craft Store, and the pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and cloves can all be found in the spice section of your grocery store. If you are unable to find vanilla wax, unscented wax will work as well. The candle wicks will have a small metal plate at the end which will be glued to the bottom of the jar, and you don't have to use Mason jars if you have a better substitute, I have a candle jar that I'm waiting to burn through and will be putting a new candle in that once it's finished! The process time is about 40 minutes.



First you will want to glue the candle wick to the base of  an 8-ounce jar. You can either use a hot glue gun, or you can apply candle wick adhesive which is what I used. You may have trouble keep the candle wick to stand straight up once glued down which is where the pencil or wooden skewers will come into place. I just used a paintbrush as it was the first thing I found. Next, cut up the candle wax into smaller blocks. Honestly, I don't know of an easy method for this as I just used a knife and cutting board and it was still hard to do. Once the wax is cut up, place as many blocks as you can fit into a separate 8-ounce jar.



Take a medium sized kitchen pot and fill it halfway with water. Place on stove over medium heat until the water starts to boil and then lower the heat to simmer. Then place the jar with wax directly into the pot for melting. Carefully keep tabs on the wax as it begins to melt. As the wax  melts, you can add more wax blocks as needed. Once the wax has turned completely to liquid, add a generous helping spices to your preference. I used about 2 tablespoons of pumpkin spice, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and then a pinch of clove. Next, pour the liquid wax into the jar with the wick. I had my husband hold the wick up to just be sure it wouldn't move. Sprinkle some more spices on top and let sit to solidify! Once the candle hardens, you can add yet another light sprinkling of spices. At this time you can also trim the wick down with scissors if needed. You can decorate your candle as much as you'd like, be creative with it! I just kept it simple as I really didn't have anything for decorations. I promise you this DIY is super easy!! I hope you enjoy'd this blogpost and don't forget to click SHARE:) 

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