What You Need:
- Candle wax and dye, available at any craft store
- Pan of hot water
- Clean coffee can or similar container to melt wax in
- Thin or thick wicks, depending on whether your candles are thin or large
- Bubble wrap with small or medium bubbles
- Cookie sheet
- Paring knife
- Oven and a stove burner
- Optional: Scents to scent your candle wax, available at any craft store
What You Do:
- Melt the wax by placing it in the coffee can and setting the coffee can in a pot of simmering water. Add the dye and scent as the wax melts.
- Cut the bubble wrap so it’s a little larger than the cookie sheet. Lie the bubble wrap on top of the cookie sheet, bubble-side up, so that it hangs over the edges a little. (This way, the wax won’t sneak under the bubble wrap and spill onto the cookie sheet.)
- After the wax is melted, carefully pour it on top of the bubble wrap until it covers the bubbles.
- Let the sheet of wax bubble wrap sit until it’s solid, but still warm and pliable.
- If it's a hot day, your wax sheet will stay warm and pliable enough to work with.
- If it's a cool day, keep the oven on "warm" (or at 100 degrees), and if the wax sheet gets too hard to roll, put it in the oven for a minute on the cookie sheet. Don’t leave it in the oven too long though, or it will melt again!
- Gently flip over your new wax bubble-wrap sheet and peel off the original plastic bubble wrap.
- With your knife, carefully cut the sheet into rectangles.
- Cut a piece of wick a little longer than one edge of the rectangle. Place it 2 mm from the edge, and press it into the soft wax.
- Roll the wax tightly around the wick until you have a cylinder-shaped candle.
It might take a little practice to get a feel for exactly how soft the wax should be to get it to roll easily. Persistence and patience will pay off though. Once you develop a touch for the wax, you can make beautiful, professional looking candles with a bubble-wrap texture you won’t see anywhere else!