How to Make Your Own Soy Tealight Candles

How to Make Your Own Soy Tealight Candles

Basic Tealights are simple to make and are great for all occasions! They are also handy to have around for those small amounts of leftover wax from a candle pour.


Soy candles are at least 90% cleaner burning than their petroleum counterparts, and because they burn at a cooler temperature than paraffin, soy candles will generally burn 25-50% longer.


Materials:

  • Soy wax
  • Tealight cups
  • Pre-tabbed tea light wicks
  • Double boiler
  • Candle dye
  • Fragrance oil
  • Hot glue or wick stickers
  • Metal or wood stirrer
  • Small pouring pitcher
  • Digital scale
  • Thermometer

Prepare your candle cups and wicks

Secure the metal wick-tab to the bottom of the cup. You can hot glue them down or use some wick stickers. When you’re finished, line the tea light cups upon a sheet of paper so that you don’t make a mess of your work surface.


Melt your wax
Be sure you are using soy wax that is specific for container/tea light candles. 1 pound of wax will make approximately 12 tealights so weigh your wax according to how many candles you will need to make. Put the wax in your melting pot or wax melter. If you do not have a wax melter, put the melting pot in the double boiler and start heating. Add water to the bottom of the pan if necessary while heating the wax. Take care not to get any water in your mold or wax – it will ruin your candle.


Add color and fragrance
When wax is melted and reaches 180 degrees you are ready to add the color and scent. Add a few drops of color or use a knife to shave off small amounts of color from the block and add them to your melted wax. The more color you use, the deeper the color of the candle will be so it’s better to start with small amounts of dye because you can always add more to reach your desired color. Stir the wax until the color is well dissolved. You can test your color by putting a drop of wax on a white piece of paper. Keep in mind that when the wax is hardened it will appear lighter than it looks in the melting pot and darker than it appears on the white piece of paper.

Once you have the color that you want it’s time to add the fragrance oil. Remove from heat and add your fragrance oil.For highly scented candles you can use up to 1 oz. of fragrance oil per pound of wax. If you do not want highly scented candles add less fragrance and stir again.


Getting ready to pour
After the color has been added, let the wax cool to 110-120 degrees and stir frequently while cooling. Allowing the wax to cool before pouring will help prevent the cracking, flaking, and discoloration that is common with soy waxes.


Pouring the candles
Slowly pour wax into tea light holders. make sure you don’t have any air bubbles. Let your candles cool completely before moving or using.


Cooling and lighting

Allow the soy tealights to cure for at least 24 hours before burning them for the best fragrance throw. Unscented soy tealights can be burned as soon as they are completely cooled. Don’t forget to trim the wick to approx 5mm.


If you have any leftover wax, you can pour it into a labeled paper cup and let cool. When you need it, just tear and discard the paper and place the solid wax into your melter.


Decorate your candles

You can wrap washi tape around tealight candles.


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