For many people, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with friends and family and share the many things for which we’re grateful. This year may look different from past years, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive. While working on the upcoming release of The Candle Issue, we discovered an easy way to make a large batch of candles in the oven. It made me realize how quickly I could make candles to give as a Thanksgiving gift, to let my loved ones know that although we may not be together this year, I am still thinking of them.
To Make the Candles
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill each jar to the top with soy wax flakes, and place the jars on a baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the oven. When the wax has mostly melted, fill the jars with more wax flakes. Stir with a wooden stick to mix everything together.
When everything has melted, it’s time to add the essential oils. Add 30 drops of sweet orange essential oil, followed by 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Stir the wax with the oils with a stir stick. Insert wood wicks into their metal stands, and place them in the jars. Let the candle completely cure prior to lighting the wick.
To Dress Up the Candles
Once the candles were fully cured, I made little notes that I could tuck inside tiny vellum envelopes. Each one read, “Whenever you light this candle, know how grateful I am for you.” I then added a strip of washi tape and some dried baby’s breath to the front of the envelope. I wrapped the candle jar with some twine, and tucked the envelope inside. I hope each time the recipient lights that candle, she knows how thankful I am for her.
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