Today’s post is all about how to make your own hidden crystal candle — aka a really great project if you’re snowed in! Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a place where the thermometer currently reads above sixty degrees. But, if you’re like us here in the PNW (or those poor unfortunate souls current stuck in a polar vortex), you still have a fair amount of winter to get through. And what better way to cope with dark, drafty days than with a candle? But not just any candle: one that’s infused with beautifully scented essential oils and topped with a handful of artfully faceted crystals. The finished product is a decorative art piece and a mood enhancer. Plus, it’s super easy to make!
How to Make Your Own Hidden Crystal Candle
First, fill a small, heat-proof measuring cup with soy wax and heat it in the microwave for one minute. Remove from the microwave and stir with a disposable utensil (wooden chopsticks and skewers work great for this). Keep heating the wax in one-minute increments until it has fully melted.
Next, allow the wax to cool for a minute, then add 30 drops of your essential oil of choice. It’s important to add it at this step, because if you add it before you heat the wax, the temperature may cause the scent to become diluted.
After that, pour a thin layer of wax into the bottom of your bowl or container. Let the wax cool for a few minutes, and while you’re waiting, trim the wicks to six inches.
When the wax has mostly set, nestle the three wicks onto the bottom of the bowl, making sure to space them out evenly. Use a hot glue gun to secure the wicks to the bottom of the vessel. Let the wax harden a bit more before moving on to the next step.
Then, pour the rest of the wax on top of the first layer. At this point, you might need to melt more wax, depending on the size of your container. Once your bowl has been filled with wax to about 3/4″ from the top, let cool. We want the wax to be just barely set, so the crystals don’t sink to the bottom of the vessel.
Once the wax has set (you can tell by watching to see when the top layer of wax is just barely no longer see through), start placing the crystals on top of the wax. After you’re happy with the arrangement, use your fingers to gently press the crystals further into the wax.
If the crystals start to sink, remove them and let the wax cool a bit longer. If the wax hardens too much before you add the crystals, it may crack a bit when you push them in. Don’t worry! Just grab your trusty blowdryer and re-melt the top layer of wax so that it drys smoothly. You could also simply melt a bit more wax and pour a thin layer around the crystals, if you find that easier.
The last step is simply to trim the wicks once more so they protrude from the wax about 1/4″. After the wax has dried all the way through (this’ll take a few hours), you can light your masterpiece and enjoy your handiwork.
Honestly, any blend of essential oils and crystals can work for this hidden crystal candle DIY. Here are a few great crystal and essential oil combinations to try that we’ve been loving:
- For romance: rose quartz and ylang ylang essential oil
- For wisdom: jade and peppermint oil
- For relaxation: amethyst and lavender oil
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