I can never find the perfect vanilla candle. I don't know exactly what I'm looking for but I'll know it when I smell it. I decided to take things into my own hands. First off, I just have to say how much I enjoy the 40% off coupons that the craft stores give out. It makes it much easier for me to justify trying some of the pricier items they have like candle supplies. I have been hanging out in the candle aisle for years but never bought anything until now. I let Martha Stewart into my life again and had to learn to make candles. Her directions involved using up old candles but I wanted to start from scratch.
Most of the wax for sale involved double boilers and melting it on the stove. I gravitated towards the easier microwave kind. I also bought prepared wicks and vanilla scent. I would have bought a color dye as well but they didn't have any colors I liked.
Using old teacups is the main reason I wanted to do this because they were so cute. Now I'm sure Martha has all sorts of old teacups hanging around that used to belong to the Royal Family but I had to take a trip to Goodwill. Hers were much prettier than mine but I liked the ones I found. Having the kids along with me forced me to pick quickly so there might have been some better ones there but I made it out alive with these five. Goodwill always makes me itchy.
I put the wax in the microwave and while that was melting, I prepared the cups. I took the kids glue stick and put the wicks in place. That was the extent of it. Pretty simple.
This is the part where my kitchen started to look like a drug den. The vanilla scent I bought melts into the wax best the smaller the pieces are. I decided to grate it and ended up with this big pile of vanilla scented cocaine.
I added the scent to the melted wax and poured it into the cups. I should have bought an extra thing of wax because some of them need to have a little more added to them. Then I just let them harden overnight.
Now I have a whole bunch of vanilla candles and when I run out, I'll just make more. I think next time I'll buy the vanilla as an essential oil and then I can make it as strong as I want.