Like many people, I enjoy the simple pleasures of a burning candle, but something about spending upwards of a tenner for one makes me feel a bit guilty. I finally decided to try a candle DIY project this weekend, which had great results!
This is an easy and effective DIY and produces a gorgeous, gently scented jam jar candle at the end. I can’t wait to make more!
1kg soy wax shavings
3 jam jars (they must be glass)
Food dye (I used blue and yellow – this is optional)
Vanilla Extract (the stuff you use for cooking)
3 wooden skewers
1. 2 of the jars will be your candle holders. Choose these and measure wick to the length of the whole jar, and cut it about 1inch longer than required. Tie one end of each to a wooden skewer so it doesn’t submerge later on.
2. Fill a saucepan with water and place the 3rd jar in the center (you’re essentially making a Bain Marie) with a small amount of wax shavings. Melt these over heat until the wax is completely liquid.
*Note – Be careful! Hot water gets hot, and so does hot wax.
3. Carefully, using oven mitts, tip a little of the wax into each of the 2 candle jars. Allow it to cool for a few seconds so it’s tacky, then push the loose ends of rope into the wax with a skewer. This will hold the wick straight whilst you pour. Balance the skewer-end of the ropes across the top of the jars.
4. Replace the 3rd jar to the pan, fill 3/4 way with wax shavings again, and melt down. As it starts to become clear slowly stir in dye and a few drops of your peppermint oil or vanilla extract – or whatever flavour you’re using. Mix them carefully with a skewer until all of the shavings have completely dissolved.
5. Again carefully remove the jar from the pan and pour the mixture into the candle jar(s), taking care not to splash the top of the wick.
6. Allow the candles to set for at least a few hours, preferably overnight, then snip the wick to about 1cm above the wax.
Repeat this as necessary for as many scents as you want! This was such a successful DIY that I’ve just ordered some Peony and Sweet Pea oils for more fragrant, floral candles! Now I just need a heap of jars….
Will you be trying this project out? Let me know which scents you choose!