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DIY Diptyque Inspired Tumbler Candles

Home DIY Mar 28, 2012

Ok so I’ll be the first to admit that to me, Diptyque candles are the ultimate. No other candle smells as good, and once used they make a perfect jewelry/make up brush holder. What more could a girl want? But a recent foray into frugality (more frugal than usual that is) has left my diptyque candle fund severely depleted (girl’s gotta eat right?), so I decided to have a go at making my own. Whilst not a lot could compete with the real thing, I did my best to get some scented candle action in my life. To me the difference between diptyque and other candles is the quality of scent, so if you’re going to splash out on anything spend your money on some good quality essential oils to add to the wax mix.

You need:
– A glass tumbler
– Wax beads
– A wick
– Tape
– A knitting needle or pen
– Essential oils (I used rose and vanilla – feel free to get creative and mix your own scents!)
How to: 
1. Fill the tumbler with wax beads.
2. Put the beads in a pyrex jug in a pot of water and bring to boil.
3. Add your essential oil. For each candle I added around 10 drops of oil.
  4. Using some wax, fix the wick to the bottom of the glass.

5. Tape the wick to the knitting needle/pen balanced on the glass so that the wick doesn’t collapse when the wax is poured in. Then pour the wax into the tumbler (careful, it’s very hot!!) and let it set overnight.
6. If your wax dries with a dip in the middle (which can happen when it shrinks), heat a little more wax and fill so the surface of the candle is flat. Finally, cut the end of the wick to around an inch long.

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