Budget Preps

How to make 50 hour survival candles

Today is the first day of blogging at the new blog…how exciting! Today I am going to tell (and show) you about my first foray into candle making. My intention was to give some of the candles away as prepper Christmas gifts, but I think I am going to keep them all for myself for our stockpile 🙂

Materials

Wax: The Candlemaker’s Store Natural Soy Wax, 10 lb. Bag

Fragrance (optional): CandleScience Candle Scent Classics Fragrance Sampler

Wicks: CandleScience Medium Wicks

Jar or container: I used a  few 1 liter jars left from our wedding centerpieces and some salsa and fruit jars I had lying around the house.

Pouring container: I used a 1 liter glass measuring cup (that will most likely be dedicated to candle making, because I’m hooked!)

Thermometer: to check the temperature of the wax

Making the candles

  1. Melt the wax. To do this, I boiled approximately 2 inches in a skillet pan and set the glass measuring cup with chips directly into the water. This step is by far the longest. As the chips melted, I continued to add chips so that I had a full 1 liter of wax to pour. How long it takes will solely depend on how much wax you are trying to melt. As the wax melts, it will turn yellow. Don’t worry, it will dry a bright, pretty white. 20151220_125542
  2. Add fragrance (optional). Once the wax is melted and has reached around 160-170 degrees Fahrenheit, add the fragrance. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. My fragrance recommends 1 ounce per 1 pound of wax. Mix well.
  3. Wick the jars. I dabbed the aluminum bottom of the wick into the melting wax and immediately stuck it into the jar so it would stick in place. Then, my handy husband hodge podged a system out of scotch tape and toothpicks to hold the wick in the center as we poured. 20151220_132108View from bottom of the jar.
  4. Pour. I don’t have any pictures of the pouring because it would have been way too difficult. Slowly pour the wax into the jar as to reduce the formation of air bubbles and pockets. 20151220_134153 (1)
  5. That’s about it! Nothing too fancy, as promised. Let the candles set up for about 24 hours, trim the wick, and you’re ready to go! Here’s what I got out of 5 pounds of wax: 20151220_215223

Some things I’d do differently next time:

  • Use smaller jars. The large mason jars simply consume too much wax, take forever to set up, and are pretty heavy. Also, there is a higher chance of getting air bubbles and pockets with the larger jars (so I’ve learned).
  • Slightly preheat the jars beforehand. I’ve read that adding the hot wax to a heated jar will help with that air bubble formation.
  • Keep the lids to the jars I’ve saved. That way, I can throw a pack of matches in the candle and pop the lid on. Right there I’ll have a little self contained power outage “kit”.

All in all, I’d call it a success! I’m going to buy more supplies today and use up all of those random glass jars I have laying around. The recipe I followed says that smaller jars *should* burn for 50 hours. I’m keeping track to test that claim, I’ll let you all know 🙂 Our plan is to have a lot of these stored up for power outages and other situations.

Have you ever made candles? If so, I’d love to hear about it! 

6 Comments

  1. Julie@frugallyblonde.com

    My sister and I used to make candles when we were younger. We would use baby food jars and add rose water to the wax to make them smell good. My mom just recently gave me some of the old wax, I might have to make a few candles over Christmas break. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Survival1586 (Post author)

      I donated all of my baby food jars, but now I’m wishing I would have saved them!

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  2. Dayna

    Yea for your new blog home. This seems like a cost efficient way of making candles. Good job on your first tutorial with pictures!

    FYI: The link to the was isn’t working for me.

    Reply
    1. Survival1586 (Post author)

      Thank you Dayna, I fixed it! I need to work on my photography skills 🙂 These were taken with my cell phone, the memory card for my camera has disappeared somewhere…

      Reply
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