I Absolutely love making candles ! Pity I do not really have enough time, as it is quite time consuming. When I am in the mood, I'll take 2 - 4 days and just spend it on making candles. I have lots and lots that I've made, from store-bought moulds to my own devised moulds to candles in various containers.
A big part which I enjoy, is the scenting of some and also decorating them differently.
This Baby Bottle Candle is perfect for a Baby Shower and if it's a boy - make it blue, or if gender is unknown - green, yellow ... you get the idea.
This is what I used:
-White Wax (in powdered form works quicker than blocks) - I just use old coffee cans to melt my wax in (which I put into an old pot with boiling water - for handling the can, I use BBQ thongs or a regular pair of pliers)
-Candle Wick - wicks that's already been waxed works best (you can do this yourself as well)
-Baby Bottle Mould - available at most craft stores who supply candle making equipment
-Wax Coloring - make sure to buy coloring suitable for wax
-To decorate, I used some Raffia and a small Pacifier Charm - available from most bead stores (craft stores also keep some charms, but not all)
1.) Melt the White Wax until clear.
2.) Meanwhile thread the Candle Wick through the little hole (secure the hole with Prestik, over the piece of wick sticking out) on the top side of the mould, straight through to the large opening at the bottom. Use some Prestik and a toothpick to keep it in place.
3.) Holding the mould down (see picture above), pour a little bit of melted wax to just cover the "nipple" piece at the bottom. (I took this picture just for illustration, yours should show a piece of candle wick, secured with Prestik, hanging out the bottom). Leave 10 minutes to harden.
4.) Place the mould upright (as in the picture above) between two objects (I use 2 small bricks) to keep it from falling over.
5.) Add a little bit of color (bit by bit, as candle dye is very strong) using the point of a toothpick, if using the powdered type dye, to the melted white wax until you get your desired color.
6.) Pour the colored wax gently into the mould to the top - after a few minutes you'll see some bubbles forming, use a toothpick to burst as these are air bubbles and needs to be re-filled. Fill the holes using a small spoon. Keep this up until the candle hardens and there are no more bubbles. Leave to fully set 3 - 4 hours.
7.) Once hardened, turn around and tap lightly - the candle will glide out.
8.) Take a string of Raffia, thread through a Pacifier charm and tie around the candle.
That's it ! Easy, peasy as they say...