Different scents have the power to cause you to recall pleasant and fond memories. The smell of a thunderstorm in April can make you think of spring, while pumpkins bring about memories of autumn. Christmas is a holiday that can have many scents associated to it such as peppermint candy canes, hot apple cider and cinnamon. With Christmas nearly upon us, it’s the perfect time of year to start reminiscing about holidays past, as well as the upcoming season. What better way to bring about fond memories than to infuse your home with the scent of cinnamon?
1 pound soy candle wax
1 mason jar or glass container (16 oz or less)
4-5 cinnamon sticks
1 bottle cinnamon scented oils
The first step to creating your own cinnamon candle is to melt the soy wax. The bag I bought came with two pounds of wax, but the jar I used only held 16 ounces. I did the math and melted 1 pound of wax in a pan. There are many different ways you can melt the wax. If you have a double boiler, you can use that to melt the wax. If not, simply use a large pot and a smaller one. Fill the larger pot with water and put the wax flakes in the smaller one. You then place the smaller pot inside of the larger one and bring the water to a boil. Wait for the wax to melt and reach about 175°F.
While the wax is melting, you can prepare the cinnamon sticks to be added. You will need to break the cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces using a hammer or rolling pin. To contain the pieces, put all of the cinnamon sticks in a Ziploc bag and break them apart. Set these pieces aside to be added to the hot wax once it has reached 175°F.
Now you need to prepare the mason jar and wick. Even if all of your wax is not melted, all you need is a little drop. Use a spoon to scoop up some of the hot wax and let it drip into the center of the jar. Set the base of the candle wick in the hot wax and allow it to cool. This will help hold the wick in place during the final steps. Next you need to hold the wick straight up. I used a flat spoon and taped the wick down to it. I then positioned the spoon so that the wick was standing up straight in the middle of the jar.
After the soy wax has been heated to 175°F you can turn off the burner and add the cinnamon pieces and the scented oil. Wisk this around in the pan to help mix the scents with the wax. Allow the hot wax to cool slightly to about 125°F. I used a canning thermometer to help me keep track of the temperature of the wax.
After the wax has cooled slightly, you can pour it into your prepared jar. The 1 pound of soy wax filled the 16 ounce jar up to the top. When you’re pouring the wax in, you can leave the cinnamon sticks out or you can add them to the jar. I kept the cinnamon pieces in the jar and they all settled at the bottom. Let the wax mixture cool off until it hardens. You can either leave the candle as it is or you can embellish it with ribbons or cloth.
Once your candle has thoroughly cooled off you are free to light OR gift as is. Think outside the box and save leftover Christmas decorating embellishments for next year or look for deep discounts after Christmas and stock up on next years decorating supplies.
Do you enjoy making DIY Gifts for your friends and family?