Making and Selling Homemade Soy, Bee Wax, and Environmentally Friendly Scented Candles for A Super Fun Kid’s Job!
As a kid, you have probably lit several delicious, soul awakening candles that envelop you in a comforting blanket of heavenly aromas; or your family has. Candles have been around for thousands of years, especially as a light source throughout history. Now, they are primarily used for decoration, pet odor control, and for romantic lighting during that special anniversary dinner. Making candles at home is a really fun job for kids and teens, as it is full of experimenting and creativity. Plus, they are VERY easy to sell, and buyers will keep coming back every time their candles have burned out. After this article, check out the complete HOW TO video at the end!
What You Will Need to Make Candles At Home
Below, you will find a checklist of everything that you need to make candles from scratch at home. There is going to be a decent investment involved in high quality candle ingredients, but you may have many of these other things at home already. It’s super easy for any kid to make candles; especially for profit when you use amazing scents!
- Candle wax (bees wax, soy wax)
- Candle Color Dye (they come in color blocks or chips, and liquid)
- Candle Scent (you can get these in blocks, bottles, or you can use oil air fragrances, such as Air Wick)
- Jars/Containers (to pour your wax in, heat safe)
- Wicks, preferably zinc cored
- Wick Tabs/holders (some wicks have these already)
- Glue dots (secures wick to the bottom of the container)
- Wick bars (holds wick in place during drying time)
- Double boiler (or a pasta pot with a metal mixing bowl inside to melt the wax)
- Skewers & ladle (to stir in additives into the wax & pour it into the jars or containers)
Once you have everything ready, you kids can begin to make some candles and earn some cash from your labor! First, you will need to heat a pot of water over medium high heat on the stove. After you set it to heat, begin putting your wax into the metal mixing bowl and place it into the hot water. Do NOT let any water mix in with the wax. It may take about 20 minutes to completely melt. Once it has melted, add in your scent oils. More oil makes a stronger fragrance; but you don’t want to use TOO much, each candle will only really require a half of a teaspoon or so of oil. Some fragrances are naturally stronger while others are less strong; varying the need for the oils. Afterwards, begin to add your color to the wax. Drop a few drops of wax on top of each other onto a white paper to see how the wax will be colored when dry. Add a little at a time and continue to check the shade until you reach your desired color.
Since you will be waiting a while for the wax to melt, you can prepare your candle containers. If you are using molds, you need to prepare the mold and get the wick in place. If you are using mason jars or other heat resistant containers, you need to place 1 glue dot in the center (or if using multiple wicks, in all desired spots), secure your wick to the wick tab, then push the wick tab into the glue dot to hold it in place. Ensure that you have enough excess wick to secure to the wick bar as well. The wick bar rests on the top of the container, and has a slit to secure the wick as the candle dries. You do not want a crooked or slacked wick; so ensure that it is centered, straight, and pulled tight. Of course, you do not want it to be too tight, or it may pull out of place.
Once both the wax AND containers are ready, you can pour your wax in! There will be excess wax left (you should have melted just a little more than what was required for the container), but you will need this to top up. When the wax is hot, it expands; yet it shrinks upon cooling. This will usually result in a candle that looks sunken in. Once it has dried and cooled completely for at least 8 hours, you can reheat the excess wax and pour it on top of the cooled wax in the container to fill in the sink holes.
How Much Can A Kid Earn Selling Homemade Candles?
Truthfully, there is no limit to how much you can earn selling candles. Even smaller candles can sell for $4-5, depending on the container, scent, style, artwork, and customization. Some candles will even sell for as much as $20. You may want to create your own free website in order to list your candles on, so that people have a way to check out your different candles and buy them online. Shipping candles is an amazing idea, especially if you live in a remote area. Many people burn candles, and they will only last for so long before they burn out; therefore, families may buy them more than once monthly. As your customer base grows, your earnings will only continue to increase! If you’re selling your candles for only $8 each for large ones, then you’ll only need to sell 20 per week to make $160!!!!