Crockpots make life so much easier, don’t they? Dump in the ingredients in the morning, push a few buttons, and by dinner, you have a tasty meal. But dinner isn’t the only thing made easier in a crockpot. Did you know you can use them to make mess-free candles too? I tried my hand at making some crock pot wood wick candles in mine.
CROCKPOT WOOD WICK CANDLES
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE CROCKPOT CANDLES
You can use any candle fragrances that you like to make your candles. I found a pack of really great fragrances on Amazon, but you can also check your local craft store in the candle-making section. Of the fragrance combinations I tried out, the combo of Teakwood and Forest Pine was my favorite. It smells the way I imagine a lumberjack would smell!
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FINDING FRAGRANCE OIL FOR YOUR CANDLES
I found that you can buy tons of different candle fragrances online. I tend to like more “masculine” candle scents. I steer clear of anything floral, but I like musky, woodsy scents. This particular brand sells many different fragrances from floral to food, so you should be able to find something you like. These are just candle fragrances, though, NOT essential oils. They won’t get rid of your migraine or clear your chakras or anything, but they will make your house smell good!
HOW TO MAKE CANDLES IN A CROCK POT
Making candles in your crockpot is SO much less mess than other methods! I placed a few jars in the bottom of my crockpot (these happen to be fancy yogurt jars, but use whatever you have) and filled the jars with cut-up wax. Soy wax pellets or paraffin wax are much easier to use, but I have had a huge block of candle wax for probably 20 years… so I probably shouldn’t purchase more. Pour water into the crockpot (not the jars) up to the level of the wax. Turn the crockpot on high and cover.
Check on your crockpot every once in a while over the next few hours. As the wax in the jars begins melting and filling in all the nooks and crannies, you will likely need to add more wax to the jars. Add in the additional wax to the liquid wax and then give it all a good stir. When all the wax is melted, you can add a few drops of fragrance into each jar.
MAKING YOUR OWN WOOD WICK CANDLES
Woodwick candles are also way easier to work with than traditional wicks. You just cut the wood wick to length with scissors and insert it into the metal base. Then place the wick into the jar. Since the wood wick stands up on the bottom of the jar, you don’t have to worry about tying any wicks to keep them upright like you have to with traditional cotton wicks.
After you have added fragrance and inserted the wicks, you can remove the jars from the crock pot. Allow the wax to fully harden, and then trim the wick one more time. The trick to using wood wicks is to keep them trimmed close to the surface of the wax or they will burn out immediately.
Since you can make so many of these wooden wick candles at the same time, you can stockpile them to give as last-minute gifts. People will enjoy the fantastic scent and the way the flames make a homey crackling sound.