Small bottle cap candles are great year round: fun for Fall/Winter entertainment, or for an evening at the beach, a party in the garden, a BBQ on the porch, or when camping on vacation in summer. Any occasion will do.
Bottle cap soy wax candles are so easy to make, and each candle should burn 1 to 1.5 hours.
How to Make Soy Wax Candles
- 1. Place your bottle caps upside-down, evenly spaced out on the lined baking sheet.
- 2. Prepare them with the wicks in the center of each bottle cap. Be sure the wicks stand straight up!
- 3. Pre-warm your beer caps in a low temperature oven for 3 min. (Cool bottle caps won’t bond well with wax, so this is a useful step)
- 4. Melt your candle wax. Microwaveable candle wax takes only 1.5 minute to melt.
Read and follow your own wax manufacturer’s instructions. You probably want to microwave about 2 cups of wax flakes in the measuring cup until the wax is completely melted and measures 180 degrees on a thermometer (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).
- 6. Pour the melted wax into the bottle caps until each is full but not overflowing, and let the tray cool 2 hours.
- 7. Store candles in a cool, dry container or refrigerate. Before burning, trim wicks to 1/4 inch. Each candle should burn 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
A very fast project.
Candle Making Supplies Needed
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You’ll need only about 2 cups of wax flakes to make 20 candles, but I have a feeling you will want to make many more candles after this easy first trial, so don’t shy away from buying a ‘big’ pack of candle wax:
- A. This 1-pound-pack of microwaveable soy wax is great for beginning candle makers, and costs about $6-$8 at the time of this writing.
Just note that when you progress, you may want to consider other options, such as these:
- You can buy a 5 pound bag of Natural Soy Candle Wax for say $9;
- or, 10 pound bag of Natural Soy Candle Wax for say $11.
To make beer bottle cap candles, you will also need:
photo credit | source : draftmag.com/features/how-to-bottle-cap-candles, which no longer features this craft project.