January’s craft – making candles

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One of our new year’s resolutions is to make more stuff. Rather than buying things, we want to have a stab at making our own. And we love (especially during these dark winter months) scented candles. So we thought we’d have a go at making some.

It’s surprisingly easy. All you need is wax (we used the soy variety), wicks, glu dots, jars (or some other wax receptacle) and the scent(s) of your choosing.

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You glue the wick to the jar (that’s where the glu dots come in), melt the wax, add the fragrance, pour and let it set. Simples.

We’ve made a few varieties, including some ‘mandles’ for Alex. For these bastions of masculinity we used a heady mix of black pepper, cedarwood and bergamot.

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And so far, they’ve turned out pretty well. Key learning: use way more fragrance that you think you need, or the scent won’t come through when you light them.

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And February’s craft? Ah, for that you’ll have to wait and see.

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