DIY: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HOMEMADE CANDLE WICKS

This is a guide to making your own candle wicks. If you’re going to be making your own homemade candles, why not make everything from scratch! Homemade wicks are cheaper than store-bought ones, and are just as effective.

So let’s begin!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1)      Heavy cotton string

2)      A soaking solution. Mix 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp of boric acid, and 1 tbsp of salt into a bowl.

3)      Scissors

4)      Tape

5)      A small piece of metal or paper with a hole. This is to hold the wick in place while pouring the wax into the container or mold.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

1)      Decide on the container that will house your candle, or on the mold that will shape your candle.

2)      Cut three pieces of cotton string to a length a few inches longer than your container or mold (the string should be a few inches longer than you want your candles to be).

3)      Soak your cotton string pieces in your soaking solution for 12 hours (overnight is a good idea).

4)      Let the strings dry out in the sun or hang dry indoors, depending on weather conditions.

5)      When fully dried, tape the three strings to a flat surface. Braid them tightly from bottom to top.

6)      Dip the wick in wax to make it stiff and easier to light. Let dry.

7)      Tie the wick to the metal/paper piece, place in the container or mold.

Remember to put down a layer of old newspaper before making candles, as wax is messy and hard to clean up.

FOR RELATED ARTICLES, CHECK OUT HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HOMEMADE CANDLES.

Good luck and stay prepared!

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