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What does a thanksgiving table look like to you? The image has evolved over the years from one filled with food in the middle to have too much food that needs a separate table. Apart from people’s plates on the edges, this leaves the dining table empty and an excellent opportunity to decorate and get crafty! 

Whether you’ve successfully maintained a Thanksgiving table like the original or not, eating witthe soft, warm light of candles adds such homey vibthat’s always welcome this time of year. Greet your guests with that aura as you settle down tyour delicious meal with your beautifuthanksgiving candle centerpiece. 

 

Candles in a Log

What you need:

  • A small log or a thick branch 
  • A few tealight candles 
  • A drill and a chisel 
  • Some leaves 
  • A few pumpkins 
  • A few pinecones 
  • A few squashes 

Instructions: 

This is one of those perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas when you have people overHollow out a few holes, just enough for each to fit a tealight candle plus an extra inch or two for the lit wick, with the drill and chisel. Make sure they’re evenly spaced apart, and place a candle inside each. 

You can include a candleholder or cover the wood’s sides with flame retardant varnish to protect it from burning. Place the log on a long plate or put it on the table and surround it with items from nature that remind you of the season. 

 

Pumpkin Candleholders

What you need: 

  • A pumpkin big enough to hold your desired candle 
  • A clear glass candle holder 
  • Pumpkin carving tools or a serrated knife and a large spoon 

Instructions: 

Place your candle first inside the glass candleholder. This prevents the fire from touching the pumpkin and causing any accidents.  Cut the top of the pumpkin off to create an opening that would snugly hold the candle inside. Clean out enough room for a third of the candle with the large spoon or scraper. Put the candle in, and you’ve got yourself a pumpkin candleholder! 

 

Pinecone Candleholders

What you need: 

  • A candle 
  • glass candle holder 
  • glass bowl 
  • Pinecones 

Instructions: 

To start making this easy, but just as eye-catching, set the candle in the glass candle holder and then position it in the middle of the bowl. Then surround it with pinecones and you’re done! Easy wasn’t it? It’s a great Thanksgiving candle centerpiece that you can also use for an end table, and simple enough to leave the kids to it. 

You can also add other items, like autumn leaves or Christmas ballsFeeling a little extra? Turn it into a quick project! Paint the candle’s top edge with a single metallic-colored stripe to add a pop of color and sheen. 

 

Naturally Cinnamon or Citrus Scented Candles

What you need:  

  • Your candle making supplies and equipment 
  • For a citrusy scent 
  • Any citrusy fruit like limes or oranges 
  • A citrus-scented essential oil 
  • A serrated knife and a metal spoon 

For a cinnamon scent

  • A teaspoon of ground cinnamon for every 4 ounces of candle wax 
  • clear jar or glass candle holder 

Instructions: 

Update your scent library with these Thanksgiving candle scentsIf you prefer a citrus-scent, get your fruit, and cut it in half, according to the size you want your candles to be. The larger the fruit, the thicker the peel, and the better it’ll hold the wax. Scoop out any of the fruit inside from the half that you’ll use as your candle holder, leaving only the peel When making the candle, mix the citrus essential oil into the melted wax. Then pour the wax into the peel when it hits the right temperature. 

For a cinnamon scent, make the candle as you would but instead of oils, add ground cinnamon. Remember to maintain the ratio. Pour it into a glass candle holder, and you’ll see cinnamon also makes a lovely brown pattern on the lower portion of the wax. 

 

Final Thoughts 

Candles are such an elegant and subtle way to decorate a home that it’s easy to go overboard and forget they can cause severe damage when left unattended. Remember to only light candles when you’re at home and promptly turn out the flame when not in use. Also, stick to only two scents at most at a time to avoid overwhelming your home.  

The holidays are a fun time to experiment with your décor, especially with candles. Use these thanksgiving candle centerpiece ideas as a launchpad for your own. Plus, you have every reason to invite friends and family over so you don’t have to be the only one to enjoy your pieces of art. Take the chance. Tis the season to get creative candlemakers! 

It’s normal to think candle making is simple and straightforward because of how no-frills most candles are. However, as much as it is an art, it’s a science as well. The key is not to underestimate what goes into them but also to keep yourselves from feeling intimidated by what may feel like a lot of information. Making your first batch of candles safely and successfully is very doable with the right guidance. Here’s how: 

1. Research is important 

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of candle’s appearance. Candle making is complicated when you don’t know what you don’t know, but that’s why we’re here. Keep calm. Just being on this page means you’re off to a good start. 

If you want an easy jumpstart to the craft, purchase candle making kits. It usually comes with all the materials you need, even tools, and precise instructions to make your first batch. However, you should still know all the necessary information, such as terms and candle safety. Hearts & Crafts will help you with that. 

Read more candle making tips and tricks here. 

2. There are different types of waxes 

The kind of wax you use would affect several parts of the process, such as the melting temperature when to mix in fragrance and dye, whether to use a container or not and so much more. It also affects the amount of toxins released into the air, which, in turn, has long-term impact on health and the environment. 

Choose your candle waxes from our wide selection. 

3. Know the right materials to use 

Not all wax forms are designeto be burned, such as the wax used in crayons, making them a poor substitute for dye. Also, the wax you choose will dictate thcandle making supplies yoshould have. Certain kinds of wax will only go with certain types of wicks. Learn what matches the type owax you’ve chosen. 

One great hack is to opt for pre-waxed ones, so there’s no worry about whether they absorbed enough wax to burn well by the time the candle solidifies. Please also avoid using perfumes or colognes instead of fragrance or essential oils because they’re a fire hazard due to their alcohol content. Start with candle making kits for a more straightforward way to ease into the craft, hassle-free. 

Check out our store to get your complete candle making essentials. 

4. Temperatures are meant to be exact 

Any action on wax would directly affect the quality of the candle sthe temperature is crucial. Anytime one is mentioned in candle making recipesit’s meant to be exact or within a minimal rangeUse a candle wax thermometer every time you make a batch. Follow instructions to the T, and you’ll have the highest likelihood of getting a good bunch of candles the way you want them or better. 

5. Starting small is best

Candles are made by batch. Beginning with small amounts decreases the likelihood of getting stuck with too many defective candles. How little is small? A pound or two of wax is an excellent amount to experiment or practice with. You can increase the amount once you’re comfortable with the process and know how to get the result you envision. 

6. Read up on the terminology 

Do you know that candles don’t merely have a scent throw, but each one has two different types, a cold throw, and a hot throw? Like any field, candle making has its own set of terms that only hobbyists and experts know. Study up on them, so you understand any candle making how-to you encounter to avoid miscommunication and continue making great candles. 

7. Curing times and measurements differ 

Similar to the temperatures in candle making, the optimum resting period and amount of fragrance vary according to the kind of wax. Meeting these conditions allow for better scent throw and better burn. 

Also, adding more oil doesn’t equate to a more aromatic fragrance or a farther scent throw. Instead, it can clog your wick and ruin your candle. Generally, the ratio of oil to wax is 1oz. to 1 lb. However, again, this isn’t always the case. For a successful candle, find out how much oil your preferred wax can hold. 

8. Always test against the proper standards 

Even when you follow instructions exactly as stated, there’s always the possibility of somehow the candles not turning out the way you wanted. Any small deviation can create a different result, so always test, especially if you’d like to change something like the fragrance oil or the container. How? Make a small batch and burn one candle an hour for every inch of its diameter. 

9. Be comfortable with troubleshooting  

When testing, always take notes. Keep track of any changes in the formulation or the process you made and details of the resulting candle. Get very specific, especially in terms of the flame height, amount of smoke, melt pool, amount of wax the wick absorbed, and more. As you continue with your candle making the journey and develop your favorites, you’ll be referring to these a lot to save on time and costs. 

10. Learn the basics of candle safety 

As beautiful or harmless-looking the end product seems, it’s still a flammable product with characteristics that pose risks to people and property. It’s your responsibility to mitigate those, so it becomes an item that brings joy and pleasant experiences. 

There are several rules to candle safety, but these are the most basicsome you may already know from growing up. The first is to never leave a candle unattended while burning. Next is to keep anything flammable away from it, as well as children and pets. Lastly, as candlemaker, you need to place warning labels that clearly state how to light the candles on the containers. 

 

Embrace New Beginnings 

Like any other hobby, craft, or skill, it seems overwhelming initially, but learning the essential information is worth the outcome and the peace of mind. Take it bit by bit and give yourself a more than enough timeline to prepare for the start of your candle making. It’s all about starting well-equipped to keep yourself and everyone around you safe as well as satisfied.

 

 

 

Ready to imbue the room with your chosen therapeutic vibe of the day? Throughout time, candles have always been loved because they’re flexible, simple, and multifunctional. At the light of a match, these objects add an immediate change to a room’s atmosphere, whatever the season.

Whether you’re a first-time hobbyist or a seasoned pro that wants to review the basics, this list will help make sure you’ve got all the necessary supplies for candle-making to craft these easy-to-make home must-haves.

 

The Complete List of Supplies for Candle-Making

 

Lovely candles are expensive. Making your candles is a fun and relaxing activity that will save you a lot of money in the long run. It does require you to invest initially, but the benefits along the way are worth it.

You’ll have no trouble finding supplies for candle-making since they’re sold in stores and on popular e-marketplaces. Add these to your next trip to the store or order them online for convenience.

 

Kit Essentials

Wax

It forms 98% of the candle’s body, depending on whether you’d want to add more objects for art. There are different kinds of wax for candle-making. The cheapest and most commonly found wax is paraffin. However, it’s also the most toxic, sending harmful gases into the air as it melts. Other popular options are soy wax, palm wax, and coconut wax that are more sustainable.

 

Candle Wicks

It’s usually made of cotton, braided, and placed in the middle of the candle. The wick is the part that’s lit and holds the flame. It also keeps the candle burning until the fire’s put out. You can also create your wicks from other materials, such as newspapers or scraps of a shirt, but affordable ones are available.

Opt for high-end brands when you have a better understanding of how their materials interact with different kinds of wax and affect the candle’s overall quality. When you purchase wicks, they usually come with their glass or metal base. It keeps the wick standing in the middle of the wax throughout the candle-making process. If you’re new to this, stick to the wicks that come in your candle-making kit like Hearts & Crafts’ candle making kits.

 

Tools/Equipment

Wax Pouring Pot/Pitcher

This is where you melt the wax chips. Its light and thin build allow you to weigh the wax while inside the container. The body is made of aluminum that will enable it to conduct heat well without damaging it. There should also be a small spout opposite the handle for pouring the wax. They usually come in a size that can accommodate a few pounds of wax.

 

Candle and Soap Scale

It’s easy to go for the food scales you already have at home, but those aren’t as accurate. Investing in a scale meant for candle and soap-making will be worth it to get those precise measurements. It’s not necessarily expensive as affordable ones give you several functions you’d most likely need.

Remember to choose one with the TARE feature so your scale will measure the candle wax only and not the container. To do this, weigh the empty wax pouring pitcher first then press the TARE button. It automatically resets the scale to zero. Your scale will automatically disregard the weight of the container when you place it on the scale again with wax inside.

 

Wick Bar/Centering Device

It holds your wick in the center while the wax cools and solidifies. Some wick bars have slots that keep it to the side or hold more than one wick in place, depending on your design. At Hearts & Crafts, we have metal and wooden tabs that are bundled in our wax kits.

If you don’t want to shell out for a wick bar, an alternative would be to use chopsticks or pencils, which you can get for free with your order of takeout from most local Asian restaurants. They’re more of a hassle, but you get them without spending an extra penny.

Glue Dots

Yes, they’re dedicated adhesive supplies for candle-making. In some cases, the bottom part of the wick with its metal base would move off-center. The circular sticky pieces keep them in place.

Stick them to the bottom of the glass or metal base of your wick before you place them in the mold. It’s incredibly helpful to use a mason jar or some other container to keep the candle in.

When buying them at a store or searching online, always specify you’re looking for candle-making glue dots, so your order isn’t confused for a different adhesive. Now you don’t have to use messy glue guns.

 

Double Boiler

This kitchen equipment is used for ingredients that are too delicate to be heated directly. It’s two pots stacked, one on top of the other—place water in the bottom. Once you heat the bottom one, the steam from the water will heat the second.

A great alternative would be to get two pots with one smaller than the other. Place the smaller pot inside the big one then, voila! You have a double boiler.

 

Thermometer

Getting the temperature right is crucial for making candles. Each step relies on a specific temperature for execution before you can move forward. It’s also important not to overheat the wax for best quality candles.

While other thermometers work, a specialized one is best so you can leave it in the wax as it melts without worrying about damaging the thermometer. It should also be long enough to stick out of the container so you can read the temperature without the risk of burning your hand.

 

Wooden Spoon

A spoon is handy when checking on the solidity of the wax chips left to estimate how long it’ll take before melting and mixing ingredients, like dye and oils. Make sure it has a long handle to stick out of the pot. You’d want one spoon to be dedicated to candle-making only. Store it in a place where it won’t get mixed with other kitchen utensils and be used for food.

 

Candle Molds

Mason jars look great, but with a candle inside, they look just as pretty, especially when you become more comfortable and start to add more design. Pillar candles are lovely on their own. Molds will hold the liquid wax until it cools, and you’ll be able to easily slip the candle out once it has taken form and fully solidified. Some molds allow the candles to take different shapes.

 

Extras/Add-ins

When you’re feeling a little “extra” and want to take your candles to the next level, these are go-to supplies for candle-making.

 

Candle Dye

Add a little color to your candles! If you thought candles change a room on their own, wait until you play with color. Dye chips are economical and melt quickly in your wax, but take note of the right temperature to add the dye. Get a set of 20 vibrant dye chips when you head over to our store.

 

Mason Jars

If you have a jar lying around the house, peel off the label and clean it up. Then you’ve got an instant elegant decor for your home. Add your label like a quote, a mood, or the name of the scent if your candle has one.

 

Oils (Fragrance or Essential)

Don’t you love walking into a room that smells nice? Scents are a nice touch to the home. Candle-making with essential oils is very therapeutic and fulfilling to the end. Essential oils are eco-friendly and offer health benefits, compared to fragrance oils, but they’re a lot more expensive. For economic purposes and a more pungent smell, choose fragrance oils.

 

Glitter

Glam up your space without spending a ton on expensive furniture or decorations. Include glitter when making your candles. Be sure to use a kind that’s explicitly fine to use in candles.

 

Finally…

When you’re new to the art, focus on the basics. It won’t take long for you to be confident in working with other materials. You’ll be surprised to see your list of supplies for candle-making expand as you explore more creative ideas. Unleash your inner artist!

Using household items as candle containers allow you to keep sentimental items that you might not want to use according to their original purpose. Give new life to your spouse’s coffee mug or your grandfather’s ashtray, and you’ll keep memories alive. Restore them as candle containers and holders. You’ll discover a new allure to them that you, your family, and your guests will appreciate. Here are the top 15 candle holder ideas you can find at home: 

Glass Jars 

Apothecary jars are the classic favorite. The glass walls allow the candle’s beauty and light to shine through unobstructedDecorative lids transform a simple decorative piece into an object of elegance. They can also handle extreme heat, which makes them great candle containers. Pressure canning jars make great affordable alternatives, and their tin lids are easy to customize. 

Bowls 

When you want to switch out our old tableware for a new set but not waste anything, a good idea would be to use them as décor around the house. Use a bowl as a base for a freestanding candle or a container for water and a floater candle. Then place rose petals around. Now you have a romantic centerpiece for your coffee table for movie nights with your significant other. 

Wine Glasses 

These items alone are lovely so they don’t need much. Floaters in water with pieces of foliage and flowers around it look best but you can also use it to hold self-supporting candles. You can also use champagne flutes and water goblets. However, they’re not advisable for container candles because extreme temperatures will break crystal and the type of glass commonly used to make them. 

Wine Bottles 

Many crafters are talented in finding ways to place candles in the middle of wine bottles, along with other decorative elements, while keeping the vessel intact. However, professional levels of skill aren’t always necessary. Cut the glass bottle with a glass bottle cutter for easy access. Do it cleanly in half or at an angle, depending on your design. 

Cups and Mugs 

These everyday items tell a lot about a person, from their aesthetic taste to their personality to their morning routine. Cups and mugs come in numerous designs and sizes so they offer a window to knowing another person. They’re a common source of nostalgia and should be preserved…as a candle container of course. 

Plant Pots 

You’ve got endless options in style and theme to match your preferences. Plant pots are great for unifying the indoor with the outdoor by bringing some of the outdoor in. They’re also great for making outdoor candle holders that would go with the outdoor surroundings and not stick out like a sore thumb. 

Glass Vases 

Still have some you used at your wedding or from a friend’s setup? More organizers are turning to them, not to hold just flowers, but candles as well. It’s a smart way to level up the romance at a fraction of the original cost if they were to be filled with flowers as well. Fill them with water and floaters as well as foliage and petals.  

Pumpkins and Fruits 

Here’s a great idea that would get you through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holiday season. While you’re thinking of carving out a few pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns, consider using a few small ones as candle containers for your tables and counters. 

Either use them as a base for freestanding candles or use candles of the same height as the pumpkins so the flame dances just above for a magical but eerie vibe. Do the same with apples, oranges, and other similarly shaped fruit for other seasons. 

Planters 

Your outdoor area can be as romantic as indoors. If planters are good for small plants, why not candles? Position the candles in between the plants. Keep the candles small with a good amount of space. Ideally, the plants are small, don’t bend with the wind, and don’t have long leaves that would risk creating a fire. Hold the candles firmly in place with rocks. Doesn’t that porch look just lovely? 

Bricks 

For a grittier, New York feels, or just more ways to stoke that outdoor-loving part of you and bring it with you in your home, use bricks. They work similarly to planters. For bricks with more than one hole, you can place a plant in one. Add a succulent for a Mexican theme and tada—you’re ready to host taco nights! 

Metal Funnels 

These complement the pipes and minimal color of an industrial theme. Instead of keeping spaces and walls bare, choose the pieces that would be appropriate such as this, and repurpose them into something else entirely. Turn them upside down and stick a thin candle through the metal shaft. Run a flame along the sides of the candle to melt it slightly before placing it inside. Wait for it to set. 

Lanterns 

Gorgeous and a well-loved choice for candle holders, lantern designs range from Eastern to Victorian. No matter which you choose, it still remains one of the most beautiful options. Because lanterns with lit candles are a charming sight on their own, you don’t need to do more. Keep it as is and you can hang them, place one on either side of the front door, or line the patio with them. 

Wood 

For fire safety and prevention, avoid using wood as a candle container on its own. Always partner it with another like glass that keeps the wood from getting burned by the flame and heat. Mask it with the wood and carve on the outside to personalize it. This would make an interesting wedding or house warming gift. Keep it in plain sight when the candle is lit. 

Platters 

Almost anything can be passed down, including platters. Preserve these heirlooms and restore them to their original elegance. Metal platters that once were in their prime, serving cocktails at parties, can be given a retouch and used as a handsome tray for pillar candlesLay a string of pearls on the platter and gold balls for a ball-themed celebration. Your family would be proud. 

Candle Tins 

Not sure where to look? Hearts & Crafts has a wide array of candle tins you can choose from! Take your pick from our selection of colors and finishesGone are the days when we stuck to the plain and shiny gray. Spice it up with different shades of winegold, and tealThey’re easy to maintain, can handle high temperatures, and are a treat for the eyes, making them great candle containers. 

Candleholders were once pretty standard. You only used those specifically made for the purpose and using jars or the like were seen as marks of poverty. It’s no longer the case. The more out-of-the-box you can get, the more likely it’s going to be a work of art. As long as you remember to keep it safe from fires for everyone, let your imagination soar and keep making candles!

After a long day or a stressful week, lighting a scented candle or two and letting the aroma fill a room is the quickest way for them to relax. However, not all scented candles are made the same. Using scented candles to relax and unwind or for aromatherapy purposes is an important and necessary activity for many. However, it is always good to make more responsible and eco-friendly choices with what you buy and use.