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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!

Life Under Construction from Neverland 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 rea