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DIY: Homemade candles with recycled bottles

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By Abbey Hnat

Vela De Vino, Spanish for "wine candle," is a homemade candle making business owned by a local husband and wife from West Chester Township. 

Owners Jenny and Joe Gutman take recycled wine, beer, and glass bottles then cut and fill them to make a soy wax candle. Make your own candle at home with these detailed instructions provided by Jenny.

You can also find Vela de Vino candles in several local shops, including two Whole Foods, Sara's House in Hamilton and the Party Source. 

You will need the following:

  • Wax
  • Pyrex dish for melting wax in microwave or double boiler pan for melting wax on stove.
  • Stirrers (ex- paint stirrers or large wooden spoon)
  • Fragrance oils (if desired)
  • Wicks (The size of the wick depends on the diameter of the candle container)
  • Wick stickers
  • Candle container
  • Popsicle sticks or something similar to hold the wick in place

Choose Your Wax

  • Paraffin wax is the traditional wax for candle making and is still by far the most popular wax. It is good for beginners because it melts quickly, is cheap and is easily colored or scented. However, it should be noted that the chemicals that are emitted when this wax is melted could be irritating to some people.
  • Soy wax is easy to use, made from soybeans and cleans up pretty easily. It is eco-friendly and renewable. Soy wax is also known to burn more slowly than most other waxes.
  • Beeswax is all natural and has air purifying qualities to it; however, it doesn't retain scent or coloring that well. Essential oils will generally work with beeswax but keep in mind that beeswax has its own lovely scent.

Protect your work area before you begin.

  • Unless you have a dedicated area that you can get wax on without worrying about it, you should put newspaper, wax paper, or towels and rags down on the surface you will be working on. Have some warm soapy water at the ready as well in case of spills.

Melt Your Wax

  • If you are using bulk wax, you will need to cut or shred It in order for it to fit in your container for melting.
  • If you are using flakes (preferred), simply place them in your container for melting.
  • Melt wax either using a double boiler or microwave until wax is completely melted and transparent.

Cool Melted Wax

  • This step is extremely important. If you don't cool the wax and just pour it into the container right after melting it, the candle will not settle well.
  • Wax should not be clear- you should not be able to see through it when it's ready to pour.

Prepare Your Candle Container

  • While allowing wax to cool, place wick sticker on pre-tabbed wick and press down into the center of the candle container.

Add Fragrance to Wax (If Desired)

  • Add one ounce of fragrance oils for every 16 oz. of melted wax.
  • STIR, STIR, STIR!

Carefully pour wax into candle container.

Center wick

  • Place popsicle sticks on both sides of wick in order to hold the wick in place.

Allow candle to settle and cool, preferably overnight.

Trim wick to about 1/2" before lighting.

Burn your candle for at least one hour after you light it the first time. This ensures that the wax will burn evenly.

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