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Decorative Scented Gel Candle-making ~ A Fun Craft Tutorial

My three decorative scented gel wax candles

My three decorative scented gel wax candles

About home candle-making

Once upon a time, the candles were frequently used in the times of power cuts and candlelight dinners. Now candles are fast becoming popular, particularly in the field of home décor as they impart an artistic appeal to homes. Candles are available in many sizes, shapes and colors. Scented gel candles are now in vogue as they not only possess therapeutic and heavenly fragrances but also have a unique oceanic look. The current trend is that some people look upon home candle-making as a fun hobby. Generally speaking, home candle-making is quite easy compared to commercial candle-making which involves complex techniques and materials. Popularity of home candle-making results in the production and sale of craft kits for craft enthusiasts. Not only it is an enjoyable hobby but also a great stress-buster. I have read that home candle-making is adopted by stressed Indian actresses and Hollywood celebrities as part of their business as recommended by their therapists.

How I came upon this latest craft kit

More than six months ago, I visited a local craft store and after purchasing the materials for my endeavours, I was about to leave. This craft kit, sitting on the top of the pile in front of the cashier-desk, suddenly caught my eye. I thought that I would try this one as I am fond of decorative candles and enjoyed indulging in creative pursuits. I checked its details, contents and price and everything about it was quite satisfactory for enthusiastic beginners like me. With my father's instant approval, I happily bought it. That time, Christmas which was celebrated in India with much fervour every year, was approaching fast and I felt that the gel candle-making kit with its interesting contents would endow my home with a festive mood.

Materials of my gel candle-making kit

Materials of my gel candle-making kit

What are inside my craft kit box?

This craft kit was manufactured by a reputed Indian company named Toy Kraft which produced several craft and hobby kits. It was well-packaged and contained many exciting materials as follows:

  1. 1 big box of 3 small glass tumblers
  2. 1 medium-sized packet of gel wax
  3. 1 small packet of wicks and wick-bases
  4. 1 medium-sized packet containing 4 small packets of sand, each of different colors and 1 small packet of silver glitter powder
  5. 1 medium-sized packet of several small seashells
  6. An instruction manual

The only one thing that put a frown on my face was the detailed instructions concerning melting gel wax in a double saucepan. Honestly, I did not expect this but nevertheless, I decided to have fun with this new hobby.


The materials for my gel candle-making project included a double saucepan, a bottle of fragrance oil, a geometric divider, cello-tape and embellishments.

The materials for my gel candle-making project included a double saucepan, a bottle of fragrance oil, a geometric divider, cello-tape and embellishments.

Extra materials for gel candle-making

To make this craft project more easy, these suggested materials proved to be very helpful:

  • Double saucepan or double boiler (a small saucepan and apparatus or two saucepans - one bigger than the other)
  • Fragrance oils of your choice
  • Geometric divider or mini-pliers
  • Cello-tape
  • Embellishments of your choice

You can do without the craft kit

If you have a container of gel wax, gel wax candles that require to be melted, glitter dust, colored sand, wicks, wick-bases and other suitable decorative pieces all readily available at your home, then they all come in handy for this craft project. You can also purchase these materials at a local craft store.

A range of candle-holders

The candle-holders can vary in size and shape. For a translucent effect, it is best to go for objects made of ultra-clear glass. The list of candle-holders include the following:

  • Mini-boxes
  • Mini-vases
  • Containers
  • Drinking glasses
  • Jars
  • Wide-mouth bottles
  • Ship in a bottle
  • Fish-bowl

Use anything made of glass that is suitable for this craft project.

Also remember to reuse old glass objects such as perfume bottles and soda bottles.


Think outside the box

Apart from the contents of the kit-box, you can experiment with your candles in many creative ways. Here is the list of possibilities that you can use for your gel candle-making project:

  • Crayons to be melted or shaved to add color to the gel wax as suggested by the instruction manual.
  • Beads, rhinestones, pearls, mirror-pieces, mini-toys and other embellishments
  • Natural flowers, conifer cones, leaves, potpourri and fruits of your choice (Ensure that these mentioned ingredients exude a pleasant smell)
  • Old jewelry-pieces, feathers and pebbles
  • Aromatic oils and scented wax chips.
  • You can create different themes such as a beach look, Christmas setting and Valentine's mood
  • For more creative ideas, visit flickr.com, then type 'Gel candles' and thus you would be overwhelmed by a sea of photos of various themed gel candles.
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Feel free to explore many more possibilities!

Special note: Make sure that the ingredients used agree with gel wax and are non-flammable.



Step by step photos

Sort the kit materials and mini-decorations inside the candle-holders.

Sort the kit materials and mini-decorations inside the candle-holders.

Place the smaller saucepan with the jelly-like gel wax drizzled with fragrance oil on top of the boiling water in the bigger saucepan.

Place the smaller saucepan with the jelly-like gel wax drizzled with fragrance oil on top of the boiling water in the bigger saucepan.

Melt the gel wax patiently and ensure that it is not too runny and not too hot.

Melt the gel wax patiently and ensure that it is not too runny and not too hot.

Fill the candle-holders with molten gel wax and allow it to harden for 10 minutes before lighting the wicks.

Fill the candle-holders with molten gel wax and allow it to harden for 10 minutes before lighting the wicks.

For candle safety, read this detailed and helpful hub by Suzie HQ

How to Light a Candle Safely Without Getting Burned

Instructions for gel candle-making

Here is the list of instructions on how to create decorative scented gel candles

  1. The first thing is to wipe the candle-holders thoroughly with a cleaning cloth.
  2. Then thread the wick through the wick-base and secure it artfully with a thinly-cut cello-tape in the middle of the base of the candle-holder. Ensure that it stands erect in the middle so that it does not fidget with the decorative materials.
  3. Add the colored sand and glitter powder inside the candle-holder and keep in mind the amount of melted gel wax to be poured in later.
  4. Arrange the mini-decorations carefully, using a geometric divider. Ensure that they are away from the burning flame.
  5. Fill the base of the bigger saucepan with some water and boil well. Make sure that there are enough space inside the bigger saucepan for placement of the smaller saucepan in the next procedure.
  6. Then put the jelly-like gel wax in the smaller saucepan.
  7. Drizzle a few drops of fragrance oil all over the gel wax. You can add more if you want your candles to exude more fragrant smell.
  8. When the water is boiling hot, carefully place the smaller saucepan on top of it in the bigger saucepan.
  9. Sway the saucepan around continuously so that the gel wax melts at a faster rate. Remember that the gel wax once melted should be of normal consistency and should not be too runny. Also make sure that it is not too hot.
  10. Carefully pour the molten gel wax into each candle-holder and ensure that they are filled to the brim.
  11. While the gel wax is still molten, sprinkle more glitter powder and adjust the wicks, using the geometric divider.
  12. Let the molten gel wax solidify for 10 minutes.
  13. Light the wicks and brighten up your room with a warm glow!

Special note: Only adults and older teenagers melt gel wax in the double saucepan and pour it into the candle-holders. Small children can arrange the kit materials and decorative pieces inside the candle-holders.

My gel candles added a luminous look to my relaxing corner.

My gel candles added a luminous look to my relaxing corner.

This boot-shaped German souvenir became my fourth candle-holder with the remaining ingredients and the golden fabric-strip is tied around it for a festive look.

This boot-shaped German souvenir became my fourth candle-holder with the remaining ingredients and the golden fabric-strip is tied around it for a festive look.

For more detailed help, view this YouTube gel candle-making tutorial video

Some important reminders to be considered

  • Depending on the brand and type of gel wax, it differs in terms of rate of melting and solidifying.
  • If you are particular with the temperature of hot molten gel wax, you can use a thermometer.
  • Irrespective of the amount of gel wax poured in, it will occupy the whole area of the candle-holder, including the kit materials and decorative pieces.
  • If you have materials required for candle-making available at home, then the preparation may differ. For visual help, view the detailed video posted alongside this capsule.


Surprise your near and dear ones with gel candles in vibrant gift pouches

Surprise your near and dear ones with gel candles in vibrant gift pouches

Also read this useful and engaging hub by Krysanthe

How to Make Homemade Gel Air Fresheners

Benefits of gel candle-making

I assure you that gel candle-making is beneficial as follows:

  • Gel wax candles are more durable, translucent and replaceable compared to regular wax candles
  • Create nice and economical handmade gifts for family, relatives and friends for any celebration or occasion
  • Gel candle-making kits can be good gifts for craft lovers
  • An ideal money-making craft
  • A soothing and pleasurable hobby

Cast your vote in this poll

My heartwarming hobby

It was indeed a real treat, experimenting with gel candles and the end result turned out decently. I still have remaining seashells, some colored sand and glitter powder left in my craft kit box. Some small glass objects are displayed in my crockery-case, waiting to be turned into attractive candle-holders. I decided to buy more gel wax and different fragrance oils not only for creating new candles but also replace these four candle-holders with fresh ones. Believe me or not, this new hobby gave me a renewed sense of peace and tranquility. Hope it does the same for you!

Happy candle-making!

Copyrights © 2012 by Ishwaryaa Dhandapani




Gel candle-making kit available on Amazon

Scented oil for gel candle-making project

Gel wax for candle-making project

Comments

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 27, 2014:

@ tiffany delite: Thank you for the read, encouraging comments & sharing your enthusiasm to try this craft. Happy Hubbing!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 27, 2014:

@ Vellur: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Hope you give it a try. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on February 11, 2014:

thanks for this great hub. i have been thinking about making candles, but i hadn't considered the gel wax. after reading your hub, i think i will...blessings!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 03, 2014:

Great creative craft hub, these candles will make great gifts too and add a personal touch to it. Voted up.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 14, 2013:

@ Indian Chef: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. Please give this fun craft a try. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on June 13, 2013:

Ishwaryaa, I have a friend in USA who is in home business of making candles and I am going to forward this to her as your candles are very beautiful. Voting it up and awesome and interesting.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 30, 2013:

@ mary615: Hi, thank you for the second visit and read. Please do let me know after you tried this fun craft. You are indeed creative. Good luck! Happy Hubbing! Take care

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 30, 2013:

I loved this Hub! You did a great job and I like the way you did your photos with easy to follow instructions.

I'll try my hand at these candles for sure!

Voted UP and shared.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 07, 2013:

@ ChristyWrites: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to try this engaging hobby. Hope you give it a try and enjoy creating gel candles as well as giving them out as gifts. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 01, 2013:

I think this hobby of making candles sounds very interesting! I have never done it but like the idea of giving them out as presents :) Vote up!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 30, 2013:

@ Emma Harvey: Hi, thank you for the read and sharing your enthusiasm to create scented gel candles. Hope you enjoy indulging in this fun craft. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on March 29, 2013:

What a great idea. I love scented candles and these look like something I'd really like to have a go at making. Up and pinned!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 22, 2013:

@ barbergirl28: Hi, thank you for the second visit & read. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on March 21, 2013:

Looks like a fun project. Coming back to share! :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 15, 2013:

@priyaraju: Welcome to HubPages! I did not take training class for candle-making. I bought candle-making kit mentioned in this hub and created gel candles. Hope this is helpful for you. Thank you.

priyaraju on March 14, 2013:

Hi Mam,

This is priyaraju from Chennai.Beautiful candles.Did U take any training class for candle making? or can u refer any institute?

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 11, 2013:

@ Au fait: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to create these gel candles. Hope you & your grandkids have fun indulging in this craft. Happy Hubbing! Take care

C E Clark from North Texas on March 10, 2013:

Beautiful candles and you make it look so easy! These would make some nice Mother's Day gifts from grandchildren. Voted up, useful, and beautiful. Will share.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 07, 2013:

@ sharingknowledge: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Hope you have fun indulging in this craft. Happy Hubbing!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 07, 2013:

@ Tina Truelove: Hi, thank you for the read & sharing about your liking for gel candles. Please let me know after you tried this fun craft. Happy Hubbing!

SHAR NOR from Miami, FL on March 07, 2013:

Thank you for sharing. This is more than making candles but too a fun and interesting idea.

Tina Truelove on March 07, 2013:

My husband and I visited a Flea Market a few weeks ago. Someone had set up a booth with these candles. They were so beautiful. I thought about trying it. In a few months, two of my three children will leave home. :( I am bookmarking this hub for future reference. Perhaps this will become a new hobby which will keep me too busy to be too sad.

This is great information. Voting up and useful!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 07, 2013:

@ Stephanie Henkel: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to create gel candles. Please let me know after you created pretty gel candles. Happy hubbing! Take care

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 07, 2013:

These gel candles are beautiful and would add a pretty touch to any room. I'd love to make some to give as gifts! I really enjoyed your photos and instructions...sounds easy and fun! Voted up and shared!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on February 07, 2013:

@ shampa sadhya: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. It was really a wonderful experience creating gel candles. Hope you enjoy indulging in this fun craft as much as I did! Happy Hubbing! Take care

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on February 07, 2013:

Voted up, useful and interesting!

I enjoyed reading it and so I am certain that it would be a wonderful experience when I make one. Loved it and thanks for explaining it in details. Sharing and pinning!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on February 05, 2013:

@ unknown spy: Hi, thank you for the second visit & read. Happy Hubbing!

DragonBallSuper on February 05, 2013:

stopping by and sharing

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on February 04, 2013:

@ Denise Handlon: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to create gel candles. Even I am fond of candles. Hope you have plenty of fun indulging in this candle craft with your granddaughter. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on February 04, 2013:

This is awesome, ishwaryaa. I see you have quite a knack for crafts. I love candles and found your hub a thorough tutorial. Rated up/U/I and sharing. I'll keep this craft in mind for my next visit with my granddaughter. :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on February 04, 2013:

@ ignugent17: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Hope you try this fun craft and enjoy. Happy Hubbing!

ignugent17 on February 04, 2013:

Wow very beautiful! Thanks for sharing the steps on how to such lovely candles.

Voted up and useful !

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 30, 2013:

@ viewfinders: Thank you for the read & encouraging comments. Hope you give it a try and enjoy. Happy Hubbing!

viewfinders from India on January 30, 2013:

its really wonderful,looking great. thanks for sharing

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 30, 2013:

@ Jeannieinabottle: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to try this fun craft. I know that you are fond of candles. I am sure that you create pretty gel candles and hope you enjoy indulging in this craft! Happy hubbing!

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on January 30, 2013:

What beautiful candles! I have always wanted to make candles, but I never considered making the gel kind before with other decorations added. I will have to try this one day!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 24, 2013:

@ anuramkumar: Hi, thank you for the read & sharing your enthusiasm to try this craft. Hope you enjoy it! Take care

anuramkumar from Chennai, India on January 23, 2013:

Let me try it out. I have madhubani art and beads set from toy kraft. They are really good.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 18, 2013:

@ QudsiaP1: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Hope you give this a try & I am sure that you create pretty gel candles. Happy Hubbing! Take care

QudsiaP1 on January 18, 2013:

This is so creative and beautiful, I absolutely love these candles.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 14, 2013:

@ algarveview: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tried this craft and I am sure that you create pretty gel candles. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on January 14, 2013:

Hello, what a wonderful hub, very detailed and it's a great idea, I had never thought we could do it ourselves and you make it sound quite easy and it seems to me it's a great idea for presents for friends. I will certainly try it. Voted up, interesting and used and sharing, of course... Have a great day!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 06, 2013:

@ Mama Kim 8: Hi, thank you for the visit and sharing your enthusiasm to try this fun craft. Hope you enjoy this craft as much as I did! Take care

Aloe Kim on January 06, 2013:

Oh I just love gel candles, but I've never made any myself... it looks so fun ^_^ Yours came out beautiful! Great hub, voting a bunch!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 05, 2013:

@ Mike Robbers: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & encouraging comment but also sharing your enthusiasm to try this craft project. Happy New Year! Take care

Mike Robbers from London on January 05, 2013:

Wow, how wonderful gel candles you made Ishwarya! Tt's something I'd definitely be able to make and I can't wait to begin :) Rated up and shared

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 05, 2013:

@ tehjib: Thank you for the read and encouraging comment. Hope you try this craft project and enjoy it.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 05, 2013:

@ Sherry Hewins: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Hope you enjoy this craft project as much as I did and I am sure that you create pretty gel candles. Happy New Year! Take care

Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat from Bangladesh on January 05, 2013:

A very well written hub. Thanks for sharing!

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on January 04, 2013:

It looks like a fun activity. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Happy New Year ishwaryaa22. Thanks for sharing.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 30, 2012:

@ Melovy: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & encouraging comments but also sharing your enthusiasm to try this craft with your daughters. Hope you and your daughters enjoy this craft project and I am sure that all of you create pretty gel candles. Wishing you & your family a very happy New Year 2013!

Yvonne Spence from UK on December 30, 2012:

These look beautiful! My daughters love this kind of candle so it will be fun to make our own and your ideas and instructions are great. Voting up and useful and beautiful. And sharing.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 28, 2012:

@ Brett.Tesol: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Hope you try this craft project with your loved ones and enjoy like I did. Happy New Year to you & yours!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 28, 2012:

@ MrsBkay: Hi, thank you for the read and encouraging comment. Happy New Year to you & yours.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 28, 2012:

@ Suzie HQ: Hi, thank you for the read & very encouraging comments. Hope you give it a try and I am sure that you create vibrant gel candles. Happy New Year to you & yours!

Brett C from Asia on December 28, 2012:

A fun craft with some beautiful results! I like your additional suggestions for the kit, some simple extras, but very effective.

Up, useful, pinned, tweeted and shared.

Britney from Southern California on December 28, 2012:

So awesome! GREAT Hub! :)

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on December 28, 2012:

What wonderful gel candles you made! I love this creative idea you had. The step by step tutorial makes easy reading and doable for anyone! An excellent hub full of ideas, tips and suggestions! VU, Useful, Awesome, Interesting, Shared and Pinned. Many thanks for linking my hub in, most gracious and considerate of you! I will gladly link this to mine it is a great idea for candle making.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 28, 2012:

@ radhikasree: Hi, thank you for the visit, encouraging comments & sharing your enthusiasm to try this craft project. I am sure that you create pretty gel candles. Happy New Year to you & your family!

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on December 27, 2012:

These gel-candles would obviously enhance the ambience of any special occasion. Anyone can learn this craft through the much helpful tutorial you've prepared here. I too have to give it a try as it is too tempting.

Up, beautiful, awesome, useful and interesting.

Thanks for SHARING!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 24, 2012:

@ anglnwu: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. I am sure that you create pretty gel candles and hope you enjoy this craft project like I did. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

anglnwu on December 24, 2012:

This looks like a cool project and your endeavours are beautifully displayed. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 23, 2012:

@ alocsin: Hi, thank you for the visit & insightful comments. Hope you try this craft project and enjoy like I did. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 23, 2012:

@ vespawoolf: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. I am sure that you create pretty gel candles and hope you enjoy this craft project like I did. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 23, 2012:

Not only is this fun and personal, but I can see so many possibilities for customizing the contents to a person. You can literally make each candle different from the next, even for the same person. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 23, 2012:

I'll have to see if we can find gel wax here. This is a clever idea! I like your tips for dressing up the candles, too. I enjoy the glimmer of flickering candle flame at night, so I hope to try this craft soon. Thanks!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 21, 2012:

@ Ruchira: Hi, thank you for the visit and sharing your enthusiasm to try this craft project with your scouts. Hope it turn out well for you. You surely create vibrant gel candles. Good luck. Merry Christmas to you!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 21, 2012:

@ Vinaya Ghimire: Hi, thank you for the visit & read. Wishes you & your family a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year. Take care

Ruchira from United States on December 21, 2012:

Ishwaryaa, written well with good explainations. Will be taking a printout of this since; need to make our scouts do some art activity during wintertime.

voted up as awesome, useful and interesting. sharing it across!!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on December 21, 2012:

Ishwarya,

this is interesting tutorial, however, to tell you the truth, this is not my cup of tea.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 20, 2012:

@ molometer: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Hope you & your family enjoy this craft as much as I did and I am sure that you create vibrant gel candles. Happy hoildays!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 20, 2012:

@ Dolores Monet: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing about your hobby. Hope you enjoy this hobby like I did and I am sure that you create fine gel candles. Good luck! Happy holidays!

Micheal from United Kingdom on December 20, 2012:

Very handy advice for the home crafter. Very useful and interesting hub.

These decorative candles are so popular and quite easy to make if we follow these detailed instructions.

I have one in the lounge right now and will make some myself.

Thanks ishwaryaa22

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 20, 2012:

Your candles are so pretty! I got into candle making for awhile, only I did it the hard way. I made old fashioned dip candles, where you hang the candles on a stick over the back of 2 chairs. What a mess! This sounds better, less mess.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 20, 2012:

@ unknown spy: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Hope you try this craft project and enjoy like I did! Happy holidays!

DragonBallSuper on December 20, 2012:

awesome! i loved the boot-shaped. Your hub is marvellous.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 19, 2012:

@ viveresperando: Thank you for the read & sharing your enthusiasm to try this caft project. Hope you enjoy this like I did! Happy holidays!

viveresperando from A Place Where Nothing Is Real on December 19, 2012:

Oh wow! :) so going to have to try this. :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 19, 2012:

@ thumbi7: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. You also did a wonderful job with your hubs and your photos are impressive. Hope you try this craft project with your children and enjoy like I did. Happy Christmas in advance.

JR Krishna from India on December 19, 2012:

Each time you publish a hub, I am amazed at your capabilities and your love for these kind of works.

You do it yourself, take your own photos and publish it.

Wonderful. I am really impressed...

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 19, 2012:

@ tillsontitan: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Hope you try this craft project and enjoy as much as I did! Happy holidays!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 19, 2012:

@ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you for the visit and very encouraging comments. Hope you give this craft project a try and also share this with your family. Hope you & your family enjoy this as much as I did! Merry Christmas in advance!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 19, 2012:

@ barbergirl28: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to try this craft project. I am sure that you create vibrant gel candles and hope you enjoy this craft. Happy hoildays!

Mary Craig from New York on December 19, 2012:

You didn't leave a thing out of this hub! Great introduction and great directions, not to mention pictures! I think my favorite is the boot, very creative. I have a feeling there'll be some hubbers buying gel! Enjoy your holidays and keep a candle burning ;)

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 19, 2012:

What a lovely idea and a beautiful hub Ishwaryaa! Certainly a very destressing hobby and the candles look so appealing. Your instructions are perfect and the candles, awesome. Certainly they make a great gifts.

Voted up, useful, awesome and shared.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on December 19, 2012:

This looks like it would be a fun craft to do. I am definitely going to be trying it out after I get back from vacation! :) I love candles but mostly I use them for home décor and because I like the way they smell. Having ones I made myself though - maybe I can use them as gifts as well! :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 19, 2012:

@ Sunshine625: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your engaging comments. I am sure that you create vibrant & subtle scented gel candles and hope you enjoy this craft project. Happy holidays. Take care

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 19, 2012:

I love candles, but not strong scented ones. This gel idea is perfect. Thank you for sharing! :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 18, 2012:

@ Pinkchic18: Hi, thank you for the visit & read. Hope you enjoy this craft project. Please let me know after you tried this fun hobby. Happy holidays!

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on December 18, 2012:

So cool! Thanks for sharing this!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 17, 2012:

@ Nell Rose: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to try this craft project. Please let me know after you created gel candles and hope you enjoy like I did. You surely create vibrant gel candles. Happy holidays! Take care

Nell Rose from England on December 17, 2012:

Hi ishwaryaa, I really want to have a go at this! lol! it sounds like a lot of fun, and I do love candles, I like the idea of melting crayons to mix in with the mixture and make it more colorful, great idea, and voted and shared! nell

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 17, 2012:

@ SkeetyD: Hi, thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Hope you try this craft and enjoy. Happy holidays!

SkeetyD on December 17, 2012:

Awesome hub. I loved the pictures and the great detail in the instructions.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 17, 2012:

@ stricktlydating: Thank you for the read and sharing your enthusiasm to try this fun hobby. Hope you enjoy indulging in this craft like I did. Happy holidays!

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on December 17, 2012:

What a fantastic little Hobby! I can't wait to try this myself over the holidays!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 17, 2012:

@ Mhatter99: Hi, thank you for the visit & read. Hope you give this hobby a try and enjoy. Happy holidays! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 17, 2012:

@ teaches12345: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging+engaging comments. Hope you enjoy this fun craft and create amazing gifts for your loved ones. Happy holidays! Take care

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 16, 2012:

Thank you for this.

Dianna Mendez on December 16, 2012:

I would really enjoy these as gifts from others (besides making them for others as gifts). You are so creative and make things look simple to do. Thanks for sharing this beautiful gift idea with us.

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