Woodwick candles are easy to make with bits and pieces already around the household. They give off a lovely warm cackle and last just like a regular wick.
These candles originated from a large – and I mean really large – lump of wax I had from a big broken candle. It seemed a shame to throw it out and I chanced across woodwick candles in a souvenir shop.
There’s so much ‘stuff’ in my home already, and so much stuff that we throw away, that I really try to make use of these avenues before going out to buy new bits and pieces.
A quick google showed that yes, coffee stirrers or stix could be used as woodwicks, but first need to be soaked in oil so that they light easily. I wasn’t convinced at first, but once the initial lighting had been done, they’ve lit up pretty good since.
The making of these couldn’t be more simple. See video
- Coffee stirrers
- Leftover wax or old candle ends
- Little jars
- Olive oil
- Glue gun or glue
- Rub the coffee stix generously with olive oil and put aside. The further ahead this can be done the better.
- Melt the wax over a double boiler. This is just a saucepan of water with another heatproof bowl on top, in which the wax is placed.
- Remove the wax from heat once melted.
- Wipe excess oil away with a tissue.
- Cut the stirrers to a size just above the rim of the jars.
- Put a little glue on the end of each stirrer and stick one to the centre of each jar, holding until solid. It just takes a few seconds.
- Pour the melted was around the stirrers.
- A dip will form in the middle as the was contracts on cooling, so go back and fill this in to have nice smooth tops.