Making Tea Light Candles Making Tea Light Candles
Tea light candles are small decorative pieces that may be used on several occasions. While you can buy these tea light candles ready made, you may also prepare these in your home. This will allow you to choose the colors and the fragrances for the candles.
Step 1 – Prepare the Tea Light Containers
Before you start working with the wax, you need to prepare the tea light containers. You may buy these containers, but make sure they are made of aluminum or plastic.
If you reuse the tea light containers, clean them and dry them. Glue pre-tab paper wick on the center of the bottom of each tea light container. Make sure the wick is longer at this stage, as you will be able to cut it after pouring the wax. Wait until the glue is dry.
Step 2 – Melt the Wax
Use a double boiler to melt the wax. You may purchase wax from a hobby shop or recycle wax from other candles around the house. The wax will melt after the temperature gets above 150 degrees F, depending on the type of wax you use.
Step 3 – Insert Color
If you want to add some color to the wax, insert the color while the wax is liquid. Use natural pigments or color blocks, which will melt in the mix. Blend the liquid wax with a wooden stick and make sure the entire mix has a homogenous color.
Step 4 – Add Scented Oils
You can make scented tea light candles. Simply add scented oil to the wax while it is still liquid. Ideally, you should add the scented oil only after you added color. Depending on the concentration of the oils, add a few drops, but make sure the candles won’t have a powerful scent.
Step 5 – Pour Wax into Containers
While the wax is still hot, pour it into the tea light containers. Use a funnel to avoid spilling wax near the containers. Wrap the wick on a thin wooden stick and hold it to one side to make sure the wick will not be buried into wax.
Step 6 – Allow Wax to Dry
The wax will dry within 4 to 5 hours. Don’t touch the candle holders during this time.
Step 7 – Correct Imperfections
After the candles are dry, you may notice certain depressions and imperfections. Correct these by melting some leftover wax and gently pouring it in the containers, concentrating on areas that need fixing. Allow the wax to dry and harden before you light the candles.
Step 8 – Cut the Wick
The wick of each candle will be a bit longer, as this helps when you pour the wax into the containers. However, once the candles are hardened, you can cut the wicks to an appropriate size using a pair of scissors.