Review of Get Crafty Start Candle Making Kit by Kirstie Allsopp *

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We were sent this candle making kit by Hobby Craft which has been designed by Kirstie Allsopp to review on our blog.  You may have seen Kirstie’s program dedicated to handmade items and crafts on TV. She has been inspired by her love for craft and experience to create her own candle making kit for her fans and followers.  Kirstie, born into British Aristocracy in the 70’s originally started her television career on Location, Location, Location a property program that has been extremely successful over the years. However, in 2009 she bought along with her friend an old house in Devon and began to renovate it, which developed into another TV series Kirstie’s “homemade home”, which then introduced us to her love of craft and all things homemade. She then went onto to do several programs on craft and making things to decorate your home, which has now lead her to make a selection of craft gifts that are available to buy in Hobby Craft.
This simple candle making kit contains everything you need in order to make a beautiful candle. The kit includes wax pellets, two moulds, vanilla fragrance, unwaxed cotton wick, mould sealer, wick bars and wooden stirrers. The kit is specially made for those who are beginners and have no experience at candle making at all. The kit contains ideas, hints and tips, as well as a full set of instructions to get you started.   There two pillar moulds included in the kit are not the same height, hence allowing you to create different variety of candles. You can even use your own moulds to experiment with the design of the candles if you want.
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What is included in the candle making kit?

• Small pillar mould size: 5 x 10 cm (2 x 3.9 inches)
• Large pillar mould size: 7 x 8.5 cm (2.8 x 3.3 inches)
• Includes wax pellets, two moulds, vanilla fragrance, unwaxed cotton wick, mould sealer, wick bars and wooden stirrers
• Step by step instructions provided
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What we thought of the kit?
The Pros are that it is easy to make the candles as the moulds are of good quality and the kit provided has sufficient quantity of wax so you can make a considerable amount of candles (approximately 8 in total). The kit can be done by an older child under supervision, I would recommend 11+, we decided not to do it with my 9 year-old as we were worried that she might not listen to instructions or understand the dangers of the hot wax.

It takes around 20 minutes for the wax to melt, and it is easy to see that it is fully melted as it becomes clear. The wax is very hot and does need to be handled with great care. I cooled the wax for around 3 to 4 minutes before adding in the scent. The scent smelled lovely and not too overpowering.

The Cons are, that the wax was very hot so you need to be very careful if you are doing this with children.  We would have also preferred if there were additional colours included in the kit to colour the candles as they were quite plain looking. At one point we feel that it would have been better if the Instructions has been updated with more information such as the size of jug/jar to be used, number of candles which can be made with the kit etc. The instructions were quite basic and perhaps might be hard for someone who is not very good at crafts. Also, the stirrers included in the kit were too small hence we had to look for another wooden object to help stir the candle mixture properly.
All that being said the kit would be a lovely gift for someone or even for yourself if you are a lover of crafts and love trying out new crafts.  This activity would easily fill your afternoon up and you would have some lovely scented candles for the house at the end of it. We lit the candles and they were lovely and not overly scented, which is good if you don’t like anything too strong, I suppose you could add more scents in to create a stronger scent if that is what you prefer.
How much is the kit?
The Get Crafty Candle Making Kit costs £20 but can be purchased from Hobby Craft for £16 here as it is on offer at the moment.

Review by : Lex Ward

 

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* We were sent the Candle Making Kit in return for a feature. All opinions are our own.

 

35 Comments

  1. December 5, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    That is super cool! I’ve tried making candles a long time ago, it is so much fun, love it. Thanks a lot for the reco.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      Your welcome Chad, glad to hear you have made a candle before and you enjoyed it

  2. jessica
    December 5, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun to do – I’ve never thought of making a candle myself! I’d love to try this out someday. 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Its lovely especially if you have different scents, colours and moulds. Brings out the creativity in you.

  3. Alexandra
    December 5, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    I have wanted to make my own candles for ages – this kit looks like the perfect thing for me! And would make a great gift, also!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 9:50 am

      This is a great starter kit as it has everything in it, worth giving this a go. Do check their website as the items does sale like hot cakes

  4. December 6, 2018 / 12:43 am

    I love doing crafts but I’ve never made my own candle before! I might have to try this out once my finals are finished.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Yes its worth giving it a shot, but you do need some patience and diligence when it comes to handling the hot wax

  5. December 6, 2018 / 10:59 am

    I’ve looked at this kit in Hobby Craft so many times! I love anything like this, I’m totally going to invest!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Hope you do, its a fab thing to do especially if you have never tried making a candle before

  6. December 6, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Oh my girls love anything like this, which is good as we love candles in our house! Would make a great Christmas gift too!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      So glad to hear that Natalie

  7. December 6, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Every time I consider making my own candles, I splurge and buy the commercial brands. I will have to try this; it looks like a fun craft.

  8. Shar
    December 6, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Ooh this looks like such a fun set! I would love to make my own candles! Such a good idea for the person who has everything for Christmas 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      Yes why not do something from scratch instead of buying it ready made

  9. December 6, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    Ooo I love this, I would love to be able to make my own candles

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      Its so nice seeing the end product

  10. December 6, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    This looks like such a fun kit to do! I just love candles of all types and it would be cool to have some that I made myself.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      Absolutely! Its nice to do craft activities to help bring our your creativity

  11. sara lafountain
    December 7, 2018 / 1:29 am

    This candle making kit would make a great gift for my sister. She is crafty and has two daughters who love to craft with her!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Yes it would, do tell her to be careful of the hot wax though is it is piping hot and kids must be supervised!

  12. December 7, 2018 / 2:28 am

    Oh how fun! I love making candles…it’s something I haven’t done in ages. This is such a great and creative idea for the holidays!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Yes it is and perfect for winter too, if you have start moulds it would be great for Christmas x

  13. December 7, 2018 / 4:32 am

    This would be such a fun holiday activity!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      Absolutely but be careful if you are getting kids to help you as the wave is super hot

  14. December 7, 2018 / 5:03 am

    Ah this would be a perfect thing to do. I would love to make candles.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      Hope you give this a shot Sue-Tanya, its really fun to do

  15. December 7, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    i’ve thought about making candles before. but never tried it, this looks awesome though!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 2:27 pm

      Everything is included into the kit, so its really fun do make it and easy as instructions are there too

  16. Amy Smith
    December 7, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    I bet this would be a fun thing to do with my daughter for some quality time and to give as gifts.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 8, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Yes it would Amy, but please be careful as the wax can be very hot and kids need supervision, we recommend doing it with 15 year olds or those older

  17. December 7, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I love this!!! I am going to try this out for girls night.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 8, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Yes its a great thing to do together with friends

  18. December 12, 2018 / 11:49 am

    I agree different colours would of made it better but sounds great like it was really easy to follow. Be nice as a gift too x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      December 12, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      Yes absolutely, it was still fun and interesting for us to do

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