If you’ve been carrying our purse-worthy tins in your bag for years, you a) are one of our favourite people ever and b) probably have a few stray tins rattling around in your bathroom drawers by now. Turn some of them into chic mini candles with this super simple tutorial!
To begin, you’ll need a little equipment– some that’s likely living in your kitchen, and a few things you will need to buy specially.
- Skewers. Short ones are preferable, but longer ones– or even chopsticks– will be fine.
- Wicks. We bought short, Votive-style wicks . They have tabs on the end to keep them in place in your tin.
- A small pouring pot. We also for this from, but any heat-resistant pot with a spout will work.
- A small saucepan half-filled with tap water.
- Wax! This is where you can get creative: you can to melt with your favourite essential oil blends, or use the remnants from your fave existing candle. We used some pieces from an old that didn’t melt down the first time. You’ll need about 1/2 a cup of wax for a tin.
Okay now you’ve got all your gear and taken a“before” photo for the‘gram, the first thing you need to do is set a small saucepan filled with water over medium heat. Drop the wax into your melting pot and set the pot inside the saucepan. As the water heats up, the wax will melt very gently.
It takes about six minutes to melt the wax pieces. While this is happening, prep your wicks. Tie a knot around the skewer, and adjust the length of the wick until the skewer can rest across the tin’s edge with the bottom of the wick sitting against the base of the tin. Once the wax has melted, gently pour it into the tin.
Your wax won’t start setting immediately, so you’ve got time to adjust the wick if you need to. Try to get it as straight as possible, and keep it really still while the wax sets around it(that’ll take about 20 minutes). Once the wax has returned to its original, opaque state, grab your scissors and trim the wick about 1cm above the surface of the candle. Now it’s time to admire your handiwork!
Something important to note: our tins are made of metal which can get a bit hot when they come in contact with heat. When lighting your Moxie candles, always sit them on something heat-protective. Be sure to extinguish a flame and wait for the wax to cool before moving a candle.
If you do any candle-making this weekend, make sure to tag and #girlsgotmoxie on Instagram so we can check it out!