Start making your own beautiful candles with just a few basic tools and Emma Hardy’s step-by-step instructions. These contemporary block candles are made using empty juice cartons that can be ripped off once the wax has solidified. The inside of the cartons will leave the candles with a stylish, matt ﬁnish.
YOU WILL NEED
Empty drink carton
Dyes (Emma has used pink, purple, and gray)
1. Using scissors, cut off the top of the drink carton. Wash and dry the inside of the carton. Fold the cardstock around the carton and tape it in place. This will prevent the sides of the carton from bowing and will help to keep the candle square.
2. Cut the wick so that it measures the height of the carton, plus about 2in (5cm). Fasten a wick sustainer to one end of it using the small pliers. Take a small piece of wax adhesive and use it to stick the wick sustainer and wick inside the bottom of the carton.
3. Cut a piece of wooden skewer slightly longer than the width of the carton and rest it across the top. Tie the wick to it so that it is held taut.
4. Melt the wax in the double boiler until it reaches 180°F (80°C).
5. Add small pieces of dye and stir it through the wax to mix it in.
6. Pour the wax into the pitcher (jug) and pour it into the carton to your required height.
7. After about an hour, check the candle and if it has dipped (parafﬁn wax tends to do so), reheat the remaining wax and top it up to create a ﬂat top.
8. Leave the candle for several hours, then remove the wooden skewer. Carefully rip the carton off to reveal the candle. Trim the wick to about ¾in (2cm).
This project is from Handmade Candles & Smudge Sticks by Emma Hardy. To get more fab blog posts like this one - direct to your inbox - be sure to sign up to our mailing list here.