Making this container candle with a twist is pretty simple, as long as you follow the steps! This candle is actually two in one: a flower tart embedded within a container candle and you can experiment by adding one scent to the flower tart and a different one to the container.
Here’s what you need to make this (note- links are given to our shop for convenience, you can use your own supplies if you have them) :
- A glass container – we bought ours from Wilkinsons in a pack of 6. You need to be careful if the container was not specifically designed for candle making (as in our case) as it’s possible it will shatter if the glass comes into close contact with the wick. So, if you’re using a pudding dish, for example, drop the wick size by one so that the heat is more gentle.
- Container wax – Use our guide to calculating the amount of wax to use to help you work out the amount.
- Wick and tabs – use our guide to calculating the wick size to work out which one to use. This is the right wick for a teacup width container. If you don’t have tabs you may be able to get away with using white tack instead.
- Flower tart mould
- Paraffin Wax for the flower tart mould
- Dye and scent as required.
- Work out how much container candle wax you’ll need using our guide.
- Using your double boiler (a smaller saucepan resting inside another containing one third hot water) melt the container wax
- Cut your wick to length and drop it into the wax, pull it out immediately and lay it to one site to cool and solidify – you now have a waxed wick
- Slide the wick through a tab, trim it and stick a little white tack to the bottom to fix it in place in the centre of the bowl
- If you’re using dye add it now, once mixed in, add any scent
- Pour the wax into the container so that it ends up at the right level – it needs to be low enough so that when you place the wax tart on top, it’ll still be below the lip (see figure 1 below)
- Use a wick holder, or a pencil with a blog of blutack, to hold the wick upright while it cools
- While it’s setting, use a second pan to make your flower candle using these instructions alternatively, you could use a tea light of a contrasting colour to the main container
- Once the flower candle has set, but while it’s still warm, drill a hole for the wick to pass through
- IMPORTANT: place the flower candle/tea light into the fridge- it must be cold to the touch before you carry out the next phase
- Once the container candle has set, thread the flower candle onto the wick (see figure 2)
- Now, reheat the remaining container wax and, very carefully, pour it around the flower/tea light – leaving it slightly proud of the surface. The coldness of the flower candle should prevent it from melting as it comes into contact with the container wax.
- Leave it overnight before lighting.