Using Christmas centerpieces on your dinner table is a simple way of making your house more festive for the holidays. There are a large variety of Christmas centerpieces available to buy, but you may want to add a plus of originality by making your own centerpiece to have on the table for the Christmas dinner. A candle in the middle of the centerpiece will give the ensemble a warm, Christmas look. Tree-shaped candles give a nice finish to a home-made centerpiece.
You Will Need:
- Wax (in various colors)
- A wax heater (you can use a double boiler; make sure you never heat the wax directly on the cooker, as it easily catches fire)
- Wax dye (other types of dye might damage the candles or be too flammable)
- Candle fragrance
- Tree shaped molds
Step 1 - Get the Supplies
You can purchase the wax, the wax heater, the wax dye, the fragrance, mold and wicks from a local craft store or online. The quantity you buy depends on how many candles you want to make. Buying several molds or several colors would be a good idea, especially if you want to give some gifts or make candles for other places in your house. Having candles in the same shape but in different colors will give a nice touch to your Christmas dinner table.
Step 2 – Preparing the Materials
Decide how many candles you want to make at a time. Prepare the wax and the wicks. Prepare the heater or the double boiler. Decide what fragrance you are going to use and if you want to use glitter in the candles. Make sure you have them at hand when you start, so you can work while the wax is cooling.
Step 3 – Melting the Wax
Melt the wax in the wax heater on in the double boiler. As wax is hard to remove, you may want to use a coffee can or some other metallic recipient that you can dispose of when you’re done with making the candles.
Step 4 – Adding the Color and Fragrance
Once the wax is liquid, you can add the color and the fragrance. Green and red are a traditional choice, but white, blue, gold or silver can go well in a chic Christmas ensemble.
Step 5 – Pouring the Wax in the Mold
After mixing the color and fragrance, allow the wax to cool for up to 5 minutes.
Warm the mold as well in the oven for 5 minutes; if the mold is cold, the superficial layer of wax will harden much quicker than the inner part.
Put the wick in the mold and hold it in a straight angle and pour the wax in the mold. You may need someone to help you pour the wax or hold the wick. Make sure the wick is not smaller than the mold.
Step 6 – Taking Out the Candle
After 5 to 7 hours, the candle will have cooled down completely, pull the wick with a firm motion. The candle should pop out.