Sometimes you stumble across a real whizzpopper of a craft, one so gorgeous that you wonder why you didn't try it sooner. Making your own soy candles is one such DIY.
They are deceptively easy to whip up and you can personalise them no end with your choice of container and fragrance.
Perfect for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life (bosses, mothers-in-law, neighbours who don't like listening to Slayer as loudly as you do).
I've gone for chunky cut glass for this collection of candles. I gathered the containers in op shops and $2 shops.
You could try using jars, tins, canisters or teacups -- anything that will withstand a bit of heat.
Soy candles do involve a bit of technical know-how about quantities, wick selection and the temperature of the melted wax.
All straightforward stuff but it's worth undertaking a spot of research before you begin -- candlecreations.co.nz has lots of advice and is a good place to start.
You can purchase your candle supplies there too.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
• Soy wax flakes (1kg made four candles like these ones)
• Double-boiler saucepan, or a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water
• Ready-made wicks
• Liquid fragrance if you want it
• Containers for your candles
• Chopsticks or pencils