Set aside the wax-filled shell for at least 24 hours to allow the wax to set. After the wax hardens, the DIY coconut candle is ready to use.

The DIY coconut candle

Here’s the DIY candle, ready to be lit.

A natural air freshener

You can light the candle to refresh the air in a room and leave a lingering fragrance of coconut. It will transport you to a tropical paradise.

I left the shell in its natural form for a rustic look, but you can also spray-paint it to match your décor. You can also add a few drops of food colouring to the melted wax to add colour to the coconut candle.

Instead of filling the coconut shell with wax, you can also use it as a traditional oil lamp.

How to make candles using coconut oil

You can either add coconut oil to the melted wax or use it alone with a wick to make a coconut oil lamp.

Whether you use beeswax or soy wax, adding coconut oil helps soften the wax, making it melt better. When using beeswax, add equal parts of coconut oil and wax when melting them. Use one part of coconut oil and three parts of wax chips if you use soy wax.

If you plan to use only coconut oil to make a candle, keep in mind that it’s best done in winter when coconut oil hardens. Else, leaving a coconut shell filled with liquid coconut oil is a recipe for disaster as it can spill if accidentally knocked over from the shelf or counter. Follow the same steps to fix the wick in the centre of the coconut shell. Then, melt the coconut oil and pour it into the shell. Wait for it to set before lighting it.

Tip: Place the coconut-oil filled shell in the freezer to set the oil quickly.

With the steps mentioned above, you all must have understood how easy and simple it is to make beautiful coconut wax candles at home. The best part about this DIY guide is that it is pocket-friendly as most of the materials are easily available in every household. In addition, not only these candles will enhance the interiors, but also their coconut smell will leave a mesmerizing scent to calm your senses. So, what are you waiting for? Go and try this fun activity with your kids. They will surely love to make some candles with their own hands. 

Step 5: Fill the coconut shell

At this point, pour the melted wax into the coconut shell with the wick inserted, taking care not to disturb the wick.

Step 4: Add the coconut scent

Turn off the heat once the wax is completely melted and add a few drops of coconut scent to the liquid wax. Stir with a skewer to incorporate the scent evenly through the wax.

Note: You can also add any other fragrance to the coconut wax candle. I suggest picking a tropical or summery scent to suit the theme.

Step 3: Melt the wax

I use wax pellets as they are easier to melt, but you can melt old candles if you like to make the coconut wax candle. Place the wax in a pan and melt it over low heat, stirring all the time so that the wax doesn’t burn.

Note: Another way to melt wax for the DIY coconut scented candle is to use the double-boiler method, placing the wax in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. The advantage of using a double boiler is that you needn’t continuously stir the wax. You can also use a bain-marie if you have one.

Step 6: Wait for it to harden

Rest two sets of barbeque skewers at the top of the coconut shell to form a cross. Now, pass the wick through the centre of the cross, as shown in the image, to prevent it from falling into the shell when filling it with melted wax.

Step 1: Place the wick

After arranging all the materials, begin by placing the candle wick in the centre of the coconut shell. Use a wick that’s long enough to touch the bottom and extend over the top of the shell.

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