• A D.I.Y Holiday
  • Samantha Conn
A D.I.Y Holiday
Candle making is a lovely way to create customized, handmade gifts for your friends and loved ones for the holiday season!  We have a bit of a candle obsession over here, so when we discovered this fun and easy project I immediately wanted to share it with all of you.  
Using soy wax is best, because it burns cleanly and slowly.  You can purchase soy wax at your local craft store or online, whichever you prefer.  The real customization comes when you pick and choose your fragrance.  I love lavender, rose and mint just to name a few.

What You’ll Need:

  • Mason Jar (squat half-pint )
  • Soy Wax (2 cups of shaved soy wax for one mason jar candle)
  • Soy Wicks
  • Hot Glue + Glue Gun
  • Double Boiler/Microwave Safe Container
  • Thermometer
  • Fragrance (I like to add the flower or leaf of the fragrance I’m working with into the wax)

Step 1: Melt wax using a double boiler until the temperature reaches 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2. Glue the wick to the bottom of the mason jar, using hot glue, glue dots or tacky wax.  This will hold the wick in place.

Step 3. Remove wax from heat and allow wax to cool to 125 degrees.  Once the wax has cooled, add scent. I used a couple drops of lavender essential oil.  Then, stir lavender pieces into the wax to add texture and a touch of color.

Step 4. Once you’ve mixed your wax and fragrance, pour wax into your mason jar of choice. In order to help prevent your wick from shifting while the wax cools, you will need to position the wick in the center of the jar. Place popsicle sticks on both sides of the wick to keep the wick in place.

Step 5. Allow wax to harden overnight then trim wick to a 1/4 inch.

Voila! You’ve created your very own eco-friendly lavender soy candle.  I like to attach a handwritten note card and match box via twine wrapped around the rim of the jar.  It adds a personal touch!

Happy gifting :)

  • Samantha Conn