A Guide To Making A Christmas Present Candle

Who’s ready for festive candle making? The excitement of Christmas is around the corner, with beautifully decorated candles and festive fragrances filling the air. These candles make wonderful gifts, that can be used as decorative pieces on the table or next to a cosy fire. Want to know how to make your very own decorative Christmas present embedded candles? We have an easy to follow recipe, with all the ingredients you need available from Cosy Owl.

You will need:

Step 1

Weigh out 260g of wax and add to a double boiler on a medium heat. Melt the wax to around 85c until it becomes clear and smooth in appearance.

Step 2

Weigh 20g of fragrance oil using a jug and scales- we have used an 8% fragrance load for this candle. 

Step 3

It is important to check your fragrance oil flash point temperature before adding it to the wax, as every scent has a different temperature in which it will need to be added. The flash point of a fragrance, is the temperature at which the oil will start to evaporate. To keep a good scent you will need to add the oil to the wax under its flash point number. In this case, Cranberry Wreath has a flashpoint of 81°C. Add the fragrance oil to the melted wax below 81c and stir in gently until fully blended.

Step 4

Next, prepare your container by making sure it is clean and free of any moisture. Add a glue dot onto the end of the wick sustainer and place the wick in the center of the tin. Secure in place with a wick centring tool which bridges across the tin. Your wick should be upright and central.

Step 5

Pour 200g of the melted wax into a jug and pour slowly into the candle tin at around 65c.

Step 6

This candle can be left to set while you move onto the next step. With the remaining wax in the double boiler ( with a temperature of 65c) add in a pinch of light rose pink dye, then a few chips of red and a hint of orange. Mix this to merge the colours together and watch the dye blend seamlessly into the wax.

Step 7

Next, you will want to prepare your wax melt mould. Make sure it is clean and dry. You can also heat the mould with a heat gun before hand so that the wax cools slower, which causes less chances of frosting. Pour the melted wax into the present shaped moulds at 65c.

Step 8

Leave the wax to set for at least 4 hours. Once solid to touch, demould the present shapes to reveal the beautifully carved detailing. Now you can plan where you would like the shapes to be placed on the candle.

Step 9

With a heat gun melt the top of the surface around half a centimeter. Place the present shapes carefully in place, you won’t be able to move these once embedded. Wait for the candle to cure for at least 24 hours, then light it to release the sweet, festive scent of cranberry wreath. Watch the presents melt and merge into the wax and feel the warm glow of the flame.

Why not add alternative wax shapes to your candles such as Christmas trees or stars?

Mix and match a Christmas cluster of candles for the ultimate centre piece.

Don’t forget to tag us in your festive creations so we can see what you have been making!





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