Tallow Container Candles
Equipment and ingredients needed:
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- small mason jars (or other glass containers of your choice)
- cotton wick material
- pure tallow
- spoons and clothespins (for centering the wicks in the jars)
- Plug in your glue gun so it can start warming up. I like to place it over a paper towel to catch any little drips.
- Cut wicks to the appropriate size for your containers. Make sure you leave a bit extra to be glued onto the bottom of the jar, as well as for holding the wick in the center of the jars. It worked well for me to make the wicks about 2 inches longer than the height of my jars.
- Use hot glue to glue the wicks to the middle of the bottom of the jars.
- Use a spoon and clothespin to stand the wick upright in the jar. Try your best to get the wick right in the middle of the jar.OF course, if you pull too hard the glue wil detach from the bottom of the jar.
- Melt the tallow. I actually just scooped it right off the top (once it had been strained) the last time I rendered tallow, which saved the step of melting it.
- Pour the tallow into the jars. Let them sit for several hours or overnight to harden before you remove the spoons and clothespins.
- Allow the candles to fully harden before you light them. This will take at least 12 hours. Beware that the tallow does not get super-hard like paraffin candles from the store (I'm sure this depends on just how cool your house is in the winter).
- Trim the wicks and light the candles. Enjoy the soothing atmosphere of candlelight!