DIY Pine Scented Candles: Are They Worth It?

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DIY Pine Scented Candles: Are They Worth It?

Camille Creps (11) enjoying a good book in the comfort of her blanket and new DIY pine scented candle. So cozy!

Camille Creps (11) enjoying a good book in the comfort of her blanket and new DIY pine scented candle. So cozy!

Mckayla Epps

Camille Creps (11) enjoying a good book in the comfort of her blanket and new DIY pine scented candle. So cozy!

Mckayla Epps

Mckayla Epps

Camille Creps (11) enjoying a good book in the comfort of her blanket and new DIY pine scented candle. So cozy!

McKayla Epps, Staff Reporter

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Looking to make your own candle instead of buying one at the store? If so, look no further than this fun DIY pine scented candle project. Candles make any room feel cozy and smell very nice. So, why not have a little fun and make one by yourself?

The ingredients in this fun candle are:

Something I did not particularly like about this project was the fact that many of the ingredients on this list can not be found in most homes; be prepared to spend about $30 on materials. To start making the Fresh Pine DIY Candle, place the candle wick in a jar, allowing the wick to drop to the bottom. To hold the candle wick in place, wrap the top around a pencil or chopstick. Place the stick over the jar and let the bottom of it drop to the bottom. A weighted candle wick does this nicely and settles on its own. Begin by heating the soy wax flakes on low heat right on your stove top. It is best to use a nonstick pot to help avoid burning and sticking. Continue to stir the soy candle flakes as they slowly melt. Be sure to keep the liquid moving so it does not stick or clump. Add in ten drops pine essential oil OR wintergreen essential oil. You may use more or less essential oils if you like (I used more). If you would like to color your candle can now tint the soy flakes with a crayon (any color is fine, green was used in this tutorial) or candle dye (I made my candle red). It is vital that you DO NOT use food coloring as it will not distribute in the mixture, it will clump and not mix. After adding the color, remove the mixture from the stove and slowly (and carefully!) pour it into the jar. Then, immediately re-center the candlewick if needed. For a faster cooling time, store the candle in a cool place until it sets. Do not touch it while it is setting, and let it sit for a full 3-4 hours before moving. Once the mixture has hardened, remove the pencil and you can snip the candlewick to shorten it. Finally the best part of this DIY… Light and enjoy!

I shared this pine scented candle with junior Rebecca Cobb, and she seemed to like the fun craft, too. She responded with, “This candle smells like Christmas.” Though the candle turned out well, there were a few things that made the process take a lot longer than expected. The wax was really difficult to melt. I thought it would not take a long time to make it, and to my surprise, it took a very long time. Another thing: the clean up was rather difficult, you had to get the wax out of the pan before it dried (Of course I found out the hard way) and it just had many processes that were important not to mess up. In my honest opinion, although I liked the end result, I would never make this again because of the time and money it takes to make it. I would simply buy an already made one at the store.

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McKayla Epps, Staff Reporter

McKayla Epps is a junior and a first year reporter for the WHHS Herald. She was born in Jackson, Georgia and moved to Greenville when she was six. McKayla...

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