Hey, Friends! Happy Thursday! Today I’m sharing with you a quick, easy and inexpensive way to make your own Anthropologie candles at home! (using former Anthropologie candles…) You won’t believe how simple…
Earlier in the week I shared a few crock pot tips on my Facebook page. One of the tips included using your slow cooker to melt wax and make your own candles. On the video they used mason jars. They cut up small pieces of wax and added a crayon for color and melted the wax in the slow cooker, on high heat for three hours. I decided to tweak the formula just a bit.
My future daughter-in-law got me hooked on Anthropologie candles. As you know they can be pretty pricey, starting around $20 and going up. My favorite is the Capri Blue-Aloha Orchid. It retails for $28 for a 16 ounce candle. But it smells divine! Unfortunately as the candle and the wick burn down to the end, there is still quite a bit of wax left in the container. Such a waste! So, I put the leftover containers in the freezer overnight to harden the wax.
Twenty four hours later the wax is hard and easily pops out of the candle container. I saved the wax from several candles in a zip lock bag. Lovely, right?
Also, the containers from Anthropologie are SO pretty, I hate to throw them away. I cleaned out the remaining wax, and washed each of the containers. Using E6000 glue, I glued a few votive wicks in the bottom of each container, one glass and one metal. This is the glass one:
I chopped up the leftover wax (which still smells great) and added some extra bees wax. I divided it into a glass measuring cup and a mason jar. Also I added a crayon to each of the containers for some color. After placing the glass containers with the wax and crayons into the slow cooker I added about a cup of water in the slow cooker and covered it. The slow cooker melted the wax in less than two hours! And here is the melted wax. So cool.
To prepare the containers for the wax, I wrapped the votive wicks around a pencil to hold them upright in the container while the wax hardened. Because the wicks are wax coated, they bend easily and stay wrapped around the pencil. Then I carefully poured in the wax. Make sure you use an oven mitt. The glass and wax are hot! You can tell the wax is still in a liquid state here:
A few hours later the wax was firm so I removed the pencils and pen and trimmed the wicks.
Of course you can do this project with any sturdy glass container but since I had these beautiful glass jars from Anthropologie already, I decided to go for it. The wax is a pretty soft pink and it still has that Capri-Blue scent. I have some extra bees wax and a few more empty containers so I”ll make a few more for the holidays. Maybe I can use some cloves and cinnamon, or a pine tree scent?
And? Drum roll…. It works!
The glass container turned out especially pretty. It looks brand new! I love the pink.
Come to think of it, I have a bunch of sad looking candles that have burned down to nothing. Now that I know how easy it is to melt wax in a slow cooker, this will be a cinch! I bet adding some essential oils to the wax would be nice too. Easy and inexpensive! Are you game?
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