Diy candle making ideas

In terms of ingredients, these scented candles are fairly simple to make. Every you need are soy wax flakes and essential oils (plus your tools). Why soy wax? Candles made from soy wax burn cleaner with little soot released as the candle burns. They’re also non-toxic so they won’t release toxins as they burn.

Soy wax will melt fairly quickly and is simple to manage, however you will desire to use some helpful of disposable device for stirring as it sticks to everything and is hard to remove once it’s set.

I use a wooden chopstick that I can throw once I’m done the candle making process.


How to make personalized candles

With less than 15 minutes of effort you can transfer a photo onto packing tape, which you can apply to the glass of a candle love a sticker! The tape adheres perfectly, even when you burn the candle for hours.

I used glass jar candles from Walmart that are about 4 inches tall and cost around $4 each. Packing tape only costs a few dollars and color copies are generally around 50 cents, so if you are making a few of these you can easily put them together for five bucks each.


STEP 2: Add your Essential Oils

Aromatherapy candles are effectively essential oil candles.

If you’re curious to study more about aromatherapy check out this post on Essential Oils 101. You’ll need to add about 80-120 drops of essential oil. Yes, this seems love a lot but it’s divided across 4 candles. The quantity will depend based on which essential oils you select. Again, refer to this post for more information about the benefits of diverse essential oils. Feel free to mix-and-match too! Just add the oils directly to the melted soy wax.


DIY Scented Candles Recipe

Smell is one of our most powerful senses, with the ability to evoke nostalgia, whet your appetite or instil calm.

Everything you need to make them is available online, and affordable too, but a lot of this stuff you will own at home. Once you nail this recipe, they will be your go-to present, as you can personalise the scents.

How to make homemade scented candles

Makes about 8 little candles

Ingredients

  1. candle moulds (for example little glass jars, tins and pots)
  2. Once the wax has melted, add your desired oil or combination of oils (for a 250ml-sized candle, about 30ml of oil is ample) and powder for colour, if you wish. I would do this over the heat, extremely quickly, so that the colouring agent combines easily.

    Remove from the heat once everything has been added and mixed so that the colour and oil are distributed evenly. Set aside and quickly prep your mould.

  3. scented or essential oils or mica or candle powders in various colours (optional – the quantity you’ll need depends on the desired colour, so start with 1/2 teaspoon and go from there)
  4. wicks
  5. hairdryer
  6. spray oil
  7. double boiler (or use a heatproof bowl and a saucepan)
  8. If you’re using a temporary mould, spray it with a little oil for simple removal. Next, insert the wick by tying the wick to a pencil and sitting it horizontally across the top of the mould so that the wick hangs vertically.

    Pour in the wax to about 2cm from the top. The candle sometimes shrinks in the centre, so you can add a little more wax if needed. Use a hair dryer to dispel any air bubbles or divots, and smooth the top.

  9. 2kg soy wax or paraffin
  10. thermometer
  11. Begin by grating or chopping your wax or paraffin. The smaller you cut it, the quicker it will melt. If you are using a double boiler, get it set up. If you don’t own one, boil some water in a large saucepan, then set heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan. Add the wax to the top of the boiler or the bowl and leave to melt, stirring every so often.

    Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature of the wax does not exceed 90°C.

  12. Cut off the wick and leave the candle for at least 24 hours before removing from the mould or lighting it if using a permanent mould.

Method

  • Once the wax has melted, add your desired oil or combination of oils (for a 250ml-sized candle, about 30ml of oil is ample) and powder for colour, if you wish. I would do this over the heat, extremely quickly, so that the colouring agent combines easily. Remove from the heat once everything has been added and mixed so that the colour and oil are distributed evenly. Set aside and quickly prep your mould.
  • If you’re using a temporary mould, spray it with a little oil for simple removal.

    Next, insert the wick by tying the wick to a pencil and sitting it horizontally across the top of the mould so that the wick hangs vertically. Pour in the wax to about 2cm from the top. The candle sometimes shrinks in the centre, so you can add a little more wax if needed. Use a hair dryer to dispel any air bubbles or divots, and smooth the top.

  • Begin by grating or chopping your wax or paraffin. The smaller you cut it, the quicker it will melt.

    If you are using a double boiler, get it set up. If you don’t own one, boil some water in a large saucepan, then set heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan. Add the wax to the top of the boiler or the bowl and leave to melt, stirring every so often. Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature of the wax does not exceed 90°C.

  • Cut off the wick and leave the candle for at least 24 hours before removing from the mould or lighting it if using a permanent mould.

Candle colouring is available in every colour of the rainbow and can be purchased online.

Taken from The Art of the Natural Home by Rebecca Sullivan, published by Kyle Books, photography by Nassima Rothacker.

READ MORE: Best Scented Candles to Purchase Now | The Luxury List | Homemade Face Masks

What is the ideal pouring temperature for my candles?

The pouring temperature is going to vary greatly depending on what type of candle is being made, the desired finish and even the time of year. In general a Soy container wax should be poured anywhere from 120 degrees F up to 140 degrees F. Pillar candles made with paraffin wax will get best results when poured in excess of 180 degrees F, most one pour waxes 150-160 degrees F and container candles made with other paraffin waxes would be 170-180 degrees F. These are just general guidelines and you may discover you love the results at diverse temperatures. It is advisable wherever and whenever possible to preheat your container and molds.

Preheating can be accomplished in numerous diverse means including heat guns, heat lamps or any "dry" heat source. (Do not dip in boiling water.)

The Scent section lets you narrow choices below by category, gel safe and even skin safe.

Diy candle making ideas

Candle colouring is available in every colour of the rainbow and can be purchased online.

Taken from The Art of the Natural Home by Rebecca Sullivan, published by Kyle Books, photography by Nassima Rothacker.

READ MORE: Best Scented Candles to Purchase Now | The Luxury List | Homemade Face Masks

What is the ideal pouring temperature for my candles?

The pouring temperature is going to vary greatly depending on what type of candle is being made, the desired finish and even the time of year. In general a Soy container wax should be poured anywhere from 120 degrees F up to 140 degrees F. Pillar candles made with paraffin wax will get best results when poured in excess of 180 degrees F, most one pour waxes 150-160 degrees F and container candles made with other paraffin waxes would be 170-180 degrees F.

These are just general guidelines and you may discover you love the results at diverse temperatures. It is advisable wherever and whenever possible to preheat your container and molds. Preheating can be accomplished in numerous diverse means including heat guns, heat lamps or any "dry" heat source. (Do not dip in boiling water.)

The Scent section lets you narrow choices below by category, gel safe and even skin safe.


STEP 3: How To Make Scented Candles

This is where mistakes happen so pay attention to these final steps in making your aromatherapy candles:

-Cut your wicks so they are longer in length than the vertical height of your jar.

You can cut them below after they own set.

-Secure your wicks with “anchors” by placing a bit of wax at the bottom of your empty jar and then pressing it into put using a chopstick.

-Use a chopstick (a pen works too) and put it horizontally along the top of the jar. Tape your wick to it so that it’s upright, ensuring that it’s completely straight. If it’s not straight it will burn every funky.

-Pour your wax directly into the jar so that it fills to just under the lip and surrounds the wick.

ALWAYS pour your candles into your jars over newspaper. Otherwise you will get wax everywhere. And cleaning wax off your stovetop is not enjoyment at every (trust me!)

-Very important: DO NOT pour leftover wax below your drain <– this was not a enjoyment lesson to learn

-You can leave your candles to set in a cool location and it will take about an hour. Cut the wicks below before burning.

Now that you’ve got every your tips, let’s make some homemade aromatherapy candles!

Print

Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

  1. Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat.

    They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)

  2. Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until every jars are full. Depending on size of mason jars you may own some wax leftover.
  3. Prep Time:15 minutes
  4. Once melted, add 80-102 drops of your favorite essential oils. Quantity depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.
  5. Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
  6. Yield:4 little candles 1x
  7. Total Time:3 hours
  8. Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
  9. Author:Davida Lederle
  10. Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
  11. Cut wick to desired length.

Scale

Step 1: Assemble the Wick

There are a lot of wicks on the market but not every are suitable for this project.

You’ll need wick that’s ideal for soy wax and that will own a burn pool as wide as the jars you’re using. The burn pool is how far from the wick the wax will melt. Select the incorrect one and the wick won’t burn the candle edge to edge. You could be left with a tunnel below the center.

Wick manufacturers will be diverse from country to country, but my recommendations for the USA and UK are:

USA – for jars with up to a 2″ diameter, up to a 3″ diameter, up to a 4″ diameter
UK – for jars that own up to a 2.5″ diameter, up to a 3″ diameter, up to a 3.3″ diameter

Cut the wick so that it’s endless enough to fit the entire length of the jar and then an additional inch.

Fit the metal sustainer on the bottom and clamp it using a pair of pliers.

Step 6: The final layer

When the middle layer has hardened, pour the final layer of colored wax up to 1/4″ from the top of the jar. Now leave the candle untouched until it’s hardened but still warm to the touch.

The final but optional step is to further mix the layers. If you’d love a more gradual gradient from one to the next, the candle will need to be melted a little*.

Pre-heat the oven on to 200°F (100°C).

Set the candle inside and leave it for 5-10 minutes or until you see the top beginning to melt. Turn the oven off, open the oven’s door, and let the candle cool to room temperature inside the oven. Leave the candle there until you’re certain the top is hardened enough that it won’t slosh around. You can then move it to a kitchen surface to finish cooling to room temperature.

* If you notice that your candle has some hazing, please be aware that oven heating may cause it to become worse.

Instructions

  • Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat.

    They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)

  • Author:Davida Lederle
  • Once melted, add 80-102 drops of your favorite essential oils. Quantity depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.
  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
  • Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until every jars are full.

    Diy candle making ideas

    Depending on size of mason jars you may own some wax leftover.

  • Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until every jars are full. Depending on size of mason jars you may own some wax leftover.
  • Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
  • Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
  • Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
  • Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
  • Total Time:3 hours
  • Yield:4 little candles 1x
  • Cut wick to desired length.
  • Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat.

    They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)

  • Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
  • Once melted, add 80-102 drops of your favorite essential oils. Quantity depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.
  • Cut wick to desired length.

Like this post? Here are a few other homemade DIY projects you might enjoy:

Step 2: Melt the wax & assemble the jars

Measure 150g (5.25oz) soy wax into each of two stainless steel pans.

Add a chip of color* to each about the 3/4 the size of your thumbnail or smaller and melt using the double boiler method.

While the wax is melting, drop the wick into the melted wax. Leave it to soak for a minute or two and then fish it out, straighten it, and permit to dry.

Fit the wick into your empty jar using the Blue Tak or a specialty candle making glue tab. It goes on the bottom of the sustainer and the chopsticks will assist you press it onto the bottom of the jar.

Then use the chopsticks to middle the wick on top.

When the wax is fully melted, take the pans off the heat and let cool. Turn off your hobs but hold the pans of boiling water at the ready.

* Adding more than this will run the risk of the soy wax ‘Frosting’. This is a helpful of white haze that can appear on the surface and sides of the candle. It doesn’t stop the candle from functioning but it may be an effect that you don’t want.

Step 4: Stir the coloured wax

While the first layer of candle wax is cooling, stir your coloured wax.

One pan is completely full and the second is half-full since you’ve just poured some of that into the jar. Pour half of the full pan’s wax into the other pan and stir. It will be the gradient change layer in your candle.

Essential Oils

For the three candles I used essential oils that will mix together harmoniously as they burn. You’ll need 5g (about 1/4 tsp) of essential oil for each half of the candle wax. Using essential oils will give you a much subtler scent than using candle perfume oils. If you desire a truly strong scented candle, use perfume oils. Here’s a fab set of holiday fragrances.

If you’d love a sampler of fruity fragrances, this set could go really well with the ombre colours.

Equipment

What you’ll need

The ingredients and materials you’ll need to make ombre candles include jars, wax, color, perfume, and wick. You’ll also need a few key pieces of equipment — notably a digital thermometer.

Ingredients

Finishing Touches

If the surface of your candle isn’t smooth, you can use a heat gun to melt the surface to a nicer finish.

Soy wax also has a tendency to tug away from the insides of glass containers. If it has with yours, don’t be too concerned — it’s a part of using natural additive-free waxes.

When your candle is room temperature, cut the wick to be 1/4″ tall and tie a beautiful label on with string. You can use soy wax candles a day after they’re made so they’re a enjoyment and convenient handmade present to hand out for birthdays, holidays, or just because. I ponder your friends and family will be impressed and delighted to get one of your own handmade ombre candles!

If you liked this tutorial, you should also check out my project for cut wine bottle candles.

I also own a piece showing how to use essential oils to scent handmade soap.

The best way to ensure your home is perfectly fragranced? Make your own signature scent, of course. If you’ve been wondering how to make your own homemade scented candles, the answer is here. In her book The Art of the Natural Home, Rebecca Sullivan gives an simple to follow recipe for DIY scented candles, certain to brighten up your home.

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STEP 3: How To Make Scented Candles

This is where mistakes happen so pay attention to these final steps in making your aromatherapy candles:

-Cut your wicks so they are longer in length than the vertical height of your jar. You can cut them below after they own set.

-Secure your wicks with “anchors” by placing a bit of wax at the bottom of your empty jar and then pressing it into put using a chopstick.

-Use a chopstick (a pen works too) and put it horizontally along the top of the jar. Tape your wick to it so that it’s upright, ensuring that it’s completely straight.

If it’s not straight it will burn every funky.

-Pour your wax directly into the jar so that it fills to just under the lip and surrounds the wick.

Diy candle making ideas

ALWAYS pour your candles into your jars over newspaper. Otherwise you will get wax everywhere. And cleaning wax off your stovetop is not enjoyment at every (trust me!)

-Very important: DO NOT pour leftover wax below your drain <– this was not a enjoyment lesson to learn

-You can leave your candles to set in a cool location and it will take about an hour. Cut the wicks below before burning.

Now that you’ve got every your tips, let’s make some homemade aromatherapy candles!

Print

Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

  1. Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat. They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes.

    Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)

  2. Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until every jars are full. Depending on size of mason jars you may own some wax leftover.
  3. Prep Time:15 minutes
  4. Once melted, add 80-102 drops of your favorite essential oils. Quantity depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.
  5. Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
  6. Yield:4 little candles 1x
  7. Total Time:3 hours
  8. Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
  9. Author:Davida Lederle
  10. Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
  11. Cut wick to desired length.

Scale

Step 1: Assemble the Wick

There are a lot of wicks on the market but not every are suitable for this project.

You’ll need wick that’s ideal for soy wax and that will own a burn pool as wide as the jars you’re using. The burn pool is how far from the wick the wax will melt. Select the incorrect one and the wick won’t burn the candle edge to edge. You could be left with a tunnel below the center.

Wick manufacturers will be diverse from country to country, but my recommendations for the USA and UK are:

USA – for jars with up to a 2″ diameter, up to a 3″ diameter, up to a 4″ diameter
UK – for jars that own up to a 2.5″ diameter, up to a 3″ diameter, up to a 3.3″ diameter

Cut the wick so that it’s endless enough to fit the entire length of the jar and then an additional inch.

Fit the metal sustainer on the bottom and clamp it using a pair of pliers.

Step 6: The final layer

When the middle layer has hardened, pour the final layer of colored wax up to 1/4″ from the top of the jar. Now leave the candle untouched until it’s hardened but still warm to the touch.

The final but optional step is to further mix the layers.

Diy candle making ideas

If you’d love a more gradual gradient from one to the next, the candle will need to be melted a little*.

Pre-heat the oven on to 200°F (100°C). Set the candle inside and leave it for 5-10 minutes or until you see the top beginning to melt. Turn the oven off, open the oven’s door, and let the candle cool to room temperature inside the oven. Leave the candle there until you’re certain the top is hardened enough that it won’t slosh around.

You can then move it to a kitchen surface to finish cooling to room temperature.

* If you notice that your candle has some hazing, please be aware that oven heating may cause it to become worse.

Instructions

Like this post? Here are a few other homemade DIY projects you might enjoy:

Step 2: Melt the wax & assemble the jars

Measure 150g (5.25oz) soy wax into each of two stainless steel pans.

Add a chip of color* to each about the 3/4 the size of your thumbnail or smaller and melt using the double boiler method.

While the wax is melting, drop the wick into the melted wax. Leave it to soak for a minute or two and then fish it out, straighten it, and permit to dry.

Fit the wick into your empty jar using the Blue Tak or a specialty candle making glue tab. It goes on the bottom of the sustainer and the chopsticks will assist you press it onto the bottom of the jar. Then use the chopsticks to middle the wick on top.

When the wax is fully melted, take the pans off the heat and let cool.

Turn off your hobs but hold the pans of boiling water at the ready.

* Adding more than this will run the risk of the soy wax ‘Frosting’. This is a helpful of white haze that can appear on the surface and sides of the candle. It doesn’t stop the candle from functioning but it may be an effect that you don’t want.

Step 4: Stir the coloured wax

While the first layer of candle wax is cooling, stir your coloured wax.

One pan is completely full and the second is half-full since you’ve just poured some of that into the jar. Pour half of the full pan’s wax into the other pan and stir. It will be the gradient change layer in your candle.

Essential Oils

For the three candles I used essential oils that will mix together harmoniously as they burn.

Diy candle making ideas

You’ll need 5g (about 1/4 tsp) of essential oil for each half of the candle wax. Using essential oils will give you a much subtler scent than using candle perfume oils. If you desire a truly strong scented candle, use perfume oils. Here’s a fab set of holiday fragrances. If you’d love a sampler of fruity fragrances, this set could go really well with the ombre colours.

Equipment

What you’ll need

The ingredients and materials you’ll need to make ombre candles include jars, wax, color, perfume, and wick.

You’ll also need a few key pieces of equipment — notably a digital thermometer.

Ingredients

Finishing Touches

If the surface of your candle isn’t smooth, you can use a heat gun to melt the surface to a nicer finish. Soy wax also has a tendency to tug away from the insides of glass containers. If it has with yours, don’t be too concerned — it’s a part of using natural additive-free waxes.

When your candle is room temperature, cut the wick to be 1/4″ tall and tie a beautiful label on with string.

You can use soy wax candles a day after they’re made so they’re a enjoyment and convenient handmade present to hand out for birthdays, holidays, or just because. I ponder your friends and family will be impressed and delighted to get one of your own handmade ombre candles!

If you liked this tutorial, you should also check out my project for cut wine bottle candles.

I also own a piece showing how to use essential oils to scent handmade soap.

The best way to ensure your home is perfectly fragranced? Make your own signature scent, of course. If you’ve been wondering how to make your own homemade scented candles, the answer is here. In her book The Art of the Natural Home, Rebecca Sullivan gives an simple to follow recipe for DIY scented candles, certain to brighten up your home.

WANT MORE HEALTHY LIVING TIPS? Join the THM Community!

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STEP 3: How To Make Scented Candles

This is where mistakes happen so pay attention to these final steps in making your aromatherapy candles:

-Cut your wicks so they are longer in length than the vertical height of your jar. You can cut them below after they own set.

-Secure your wicks with “anchors” by placing a bit of wax at the bottom of your empty jar and then pressing it into put using a chopstick.

-Use a chopstick (a pen works too) and put it horizontally along the top of the jar.

Tape your wick to it so that it’s upright, ensuring that it’s completely straight. If it’s not straight it will burn every funky.

-Pour your wax directly into the jar so that it fills to just under the lip and surrounds the wick. ALWAYS pour your candles into your jars over newspaper. Otherwise you will get wax everywhere. And cleaning wax off your stovetop is not enjoyment at every (trust me!)

-Very important: DO NOT pour leftover wax below your drain <– this was not a enjoyment lesson to learn

-You can leave your candles to set in a cool location and it will take about an hour.

Cut the wicks below before burning.

Now that you’ve got every your tips, let’s make some homemade aromatherapy candles!

Print

Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

  1. Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat. They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)
  2. Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until every jars are full. Depending on size of mason jars you may own some wax leftover.
  3. Prep Time:15 minutes
  4. Once melted, add 80-102 drops of your favorite essential oils.

    Quantity depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.

  5. Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
  6. Yield:4 little candles 1x
  7. Total Time:3 hours
  8. Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
  9. Author:Davida Lederle
  10. Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
  11. Cut wick to desired length.

Scale

Step 1: Assemble the Wick

There are a lot of wicks on the market but not every are suitable for this project.

Diy candle making ideas

You’ll need wick that’s ideal for soy wax and that will own a burn pool as wide as the jars you’re using. The burn pool is how far from the wick the wax will melt. Select the incorrect one and the wick won’t burn the candle edge to edge. You could be left with a tunnel below the center.

Wick manufacturers will be diverse from country to country, but my recommendations for the USA and UK are:

USA – for jars with up to a 2″ diameter, up to a 3″ diameter, up to a 4″ diameter
UK – for jars that own up to a 2.5″ diameter, up to a 3″ diameter, up to a 3.3″ diameter

Cut the wick so that it’s endless enough to fit the entire length of the jar and then an additional inch.

Fit the metal sustainer on the bottom and clamp it using a pair of pliers.

Step 6: The final layer

When the middle layer has hardened, pour the final layer of colored wax up to 1/4″ from the top of the jar. Now leave the candle untouched until it’s hardened but still warm to the touch.

The final but optional step is to further mix the layers. If you’d love a more gradual gradient from one to the next, the candle will need to be melted a little*.

Pre-heat the oven on to 200°F (100°C). Set the candle inside and leave it for 5-10 minutes or until you see the top beginning to melt.

Turn the oven off, open the oven’s door, and let the candle cool to room temperature inside the oven. Leave the candle there until you’re certain the top is hardened enough that it won’t slosh around. You can then move it to a kitchen surface to finish cooling to room temperature.

* If you notice that your candle has some hazing, please be aware that oven heating may cause it to become worse.

Instructions

  • Let stand until solid (about 1 hour).
  • 8 ounce mason jars (or jars of choice)
  • Once melted, add 80-102 drops of your favorite essential oils. Quantity depends on type of essential oils and how potent they are.
  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:3 hours
  • Cut wick to desired length.
  • Tape wick upright to a horizontal chopstick or pen (see picture above).
  • wood stirring device
  • Anchor wicks to bottom of mason jars using a bit of wax.
  • Pour wax into mason jar and then repeat until every jars are full.

    Depending on size of mason jars you may own some wax leftover.

  • Yield:4 little candles 1x
  • Author:Davida Lederle
  • Melt soy wax in a pot over low-medium heat. They should melt fairly easily but turn up heat slightly if taking more than a few minutes. Stir using wood stirring device (I used a chopstick)
  • pens or chopsticks for securing wicks.

Like this post? Here are a few other homemade DIY projects you might enjoy:

Step 2: Melt the wax & assemble the jars

Measure 150g (5.25oz) soy wax into each of two stainless steel pans.

Add a chip of color* to each about the 3/4 the size of your thumbnail or smaller and melt using the double boiler method.

While the wax is melting, drop the wick into the melted wax. Leave it to soak for a minute or two and then fish it out, straighten it, and permit to dry.

Fit the wick into your empty jar using the Blue Tak or a specialty candle making glue tab. It goes on the bottom of the sustainer and the chopsticks will assist you press it onto the bottom of the jar. Then use the chopsticks to middle the wick on top.

When the wax is fully melted, take the pans off the heat and let cool.

Turn off your hobs but hold the pans of boiling water at the ready.

* Adding more than this will run the risk of the soy wax ‘Frosting’. This is a helpful of white haze that can appear on the surface and sides of the candle. It doesn’t stop the candle from functioning but it may be an effect that you don’t want.

Step 4: Stir the coloured wax

While the first layer of candle wax is cooling, stir your coloured wax. One pan is completely full and the second is half-full since you’ve just poured some of that into the jar.

Pour half of the full pan’s wax into the other pan and stir. It will be the gradient change layer in your candle.

Essential Oils

For the three candles I used essential oils that will mix together harmoniously as they burn. You’ll need 5g (about 1/4 tsp) of essential oil for each half of the candle wax. Using essential oils will give you a much subtler scent than using candle perfume oils. If you desire a truly strong scented candle, use perfume oils. Here’s a fab set of holiday fragrances. If you’d love a sampler of fruity fragrances, this set could go really well with the ombre colours.

Equipment

What you’ll need

The ingredients and materials you’ll need to make ombre candles include jars, wax, color, perfume, and wick.

You’ll also need a few key pieces of equipment — notably a digital thermometer.

Ingredients

Finishing Touches

If the surface of your candle isn’t smooth, you can use a heat gun to melt the surface to a nicer finish. Soy wax also has a tendency to tug away from the insides of glass containers. If it has with yours, don’t be too concerned — it’s a part of using natural additive-free waxes.

When your candle is room temperature, cut the wick to be 1/4″ tall and tie a beautiful label on with string. You can use soy wax candles a day after they’re made so they’re a enjoyment and convenient handmade present to hand out for birthdays, holidays, or just because.

I ponder your friends and family will be impressed and delighted to get one of your own handmade ombre candles!

If you liked this tutorial, you should also check out my project for cut wine bottle candles. I also own a piece showing how to use essential oils to scent handmade soap.

The best way to ensure your home is perfectly fragranced? Make your own signature scent, of course. If you’ve been wondering how to make your own homemade scented candles, the answer is here.

In her book The Art of the Natural Home, Rebecca Sullivan gives an simple to follow recipe for DIY scented candles, certain to brighten up your home.

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How to make ombre candles that change in scent as they change with color.

This is a recipe using soy wax and essential oil fragrance.

What if you could make a natural essential oil candle that changes perfume and color as you burn it? It’s a lot easier to do than you would ponder. Making ombre candles with complimenting colors is the first step, choosing essential oils that smell lovely on their own and blended together is the second.

This DIY candle project will take you about 45 minutes to an hour.

The directions and recipe is to make one of the candles pictured but you could bulk up the recipe to create three or more at a time.

STEP 3: How To Make Scented Candles

This is where mistakes happen so pay attention to these final steps in making your aromatherapy candles:

-Cut your wicks so they are longer in length than the vertical height of your jar. You can cut them below after they own set.

-Secure your wicks with “anchors” by placing a bit of wax at the bottom of your empty jar and then pressing it into put using a chopstick.

-Use a chopstick (a pen works too) and put it horizontally along the top of the jar.

Tape your wick to it so that it’s upright, ensuring that it’s completely straight. If it’s not straight it will burn every funky.

-Pour your wax directly into the jar so that it fills to just under the lip and surrounds the wick. ALWAYS pour your candles into your jars over newspaper. Otherwise you will get wax everywhere. And cleaning wax off your stovetop is not enjoyment at every (trust me!)

-Very important: DO NOT pour leftover wax below your drain <– this was not a enjoyment lesson to learn

-You can leave your candles to set in a cool location and it will take about an hour.

Cut the wicks below before burning.

Now that you’ve got every your tips, let’s make some homemade aromatherapy candles!

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Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

  1. Prep Time:15 minutes
  2. Total Time:3 hours
  3. Author:Davida Lederle
  4. Yield:4 little candles 1x

Scale

Ingredients

Other supplies:

  1. 8 ounce mason jars (or jars of choice)
  2. wood stirring device
  3. pens or chopsticks for securing wicks.

Step 5: Creating the Ombre in your Ombre Candle

When you pour each layer of wax it should be between 125-130°F (51-54°C).

You hold the pots of wax warm by setting them in the heated pans of water which will retain heat for some time after you turn off the hob.

When the first layer of candle wax has hardened to form a thin skin on its surface, pour the second layer.

Now permit the second layer to cool in the same way as you already did with the first. Hold the final pan of wax at the ready.

Step 3: Add the fragrance

Cool the wax to 130°F (54°C) and then add the essential oil.

5g of one into one pot, and 5g of the other into the other. Stir well with the wooden skewers and then decide which color you desire for the bottom of your candle. Pour half of the wax from that pan into the jar and permit to cool. You can speed up the next steps by popping the candle in the fridge.

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Step 2: Melt the wax & assemble the jars

Measure 150g (5.25oz) soy wax into each of two stainless steel pans. Add a chip of color* to each about the 3/4 the size of your thumbnail or smaller and melt using the double boiler method.

While the wax is melting, drop the wick into the melted wax. Leave it to soak for a minute or two and then fish it out, straighten it, and permit to dry.

Fit the wick into your empty jar using the Blue Tak or a specialty candle making glue tab.

It goes on the bottom of the sustainer and the chopsticks will assist you press it onto the bottom of the jar. Then use the chopsticks to middle the wick on top.

When the wax is fully melted, take the pans off the heat and let cool. Turn off your hobs but hold the pans of boiling water at the ready.

* Adding more than this will run the risk of the soy wax ‘Frosting’. This is a helpful of white haze that can appear on the surface and sides of the candle. It doesn’t stop the candle from functioning but it may be an effect that you don’t want.

Step 4: Stir the coloured wax

While the first layer of candle wax is cooling, stir your coloured wax.

One pan is completely full and the second is half-full since you’ve just poured some of that into the jar. Pour half of the full pan’s wax into the other pan and stir. It will be the gradient change layer in your candle.

Essential Oils

For the three candles I used essential oils that will mix together harmoniously as they burn. You’ll need 5g (about 1/4 tsp) of essential oil for each half of the candle wax. Using essential oils will give you a much subtler scent than using candle perfume oils. If you desire a truly strong scented candle, use perfume oils.

Here’s a fab set of holiday fragrances. If you’d love a sampler of fruity fragrances, this set could go really well with the ombre colours.

Equipment

What you’ll need

The ingredients and materials you’ll need to make ombre candles include jars, wax, color, perfume, and wick. You’ll also need a few key pieces of equipment — notably a digital thermometer.

Ingredients

Finishing Touches

If the surface of your candle isn’t smooth, you can use a heat gun to melt the surface to a nicer finish.

Soy wax also has a tendency to tug away from the insides of glass containers. If it has with yours, don’t be too concerned — it’s a part of using natural additive-free waxes.

When your candle is room temperature, cut the wick to be 1/4″ tall and tie a beautiful label on with string. You can use soy wax candles a day after they’re made so they’re a enjoyment and convenient handmade present to hand out for birthdays, holidays, or just because. I ponder your friends and family will be impressed and delighted to get one of your own handmade ombre candles!

If you liked this tutorial, you should also check out my project for cut wine bottle candles.

I also own a piece showing how to use essential oils to scent handmade soap.

The best way to ensure your home is perfectly fragranced? Make your own signature scent, of course. If you’ve been wondering how to make your own homemade scented candles, the answer is here. In her book The Art of the Natural Home, Rebecca Sullivan gives an simple to follow recipe for DIY scented candles, certain to brighten up your home.

WANT MORE HEALTHY LIVING TIPS? Join the THM Community!

Join 10,000+ members of the THM Community to get access to exclusive info about healthy living, products I’m loving and tips and tricks on making a healthy lifestyle easier and sustainable.

Success!

Now check your email to confirm your subscription.

How to make ombre candles that change in scent as they change with color. This is a recipe using soy wax and essential oil fragrance.

What if you could make a natural essential oil candle that changes perfume and color as you burn it? It’s a lot easier to do than you would ponder. Making ombre candles with complimenting colors is the first step, choosing essential oils that smell lovely on their own and blended together is the second.

This DIY candle project will take you about 45 minutes to an hour.

The directions and recipe is to make one of the candles pictured but you could bulk up the recipe to create three or more at a time.

STEP 3: How To Make Scented Candles

This is where mistakes happen so pay attention to these final steps in making your aromatherapy candles:

-Cut your wicks so they are longer in length than the vertical height of your jar. You can cut them below after they own set.

-Secure your wicks with “anchors” by placing a bit of wax at the bottom of your empty jar and then pressing it into put using a chopstick.

-Use a chopstick (a pen works too) and put it horizontally along the top of the jar.

Tape your wick to it so that it’s upright, ensuring that it’s completely straight. If it’s not straight it will burn every funky.

-Pour your wax directly into the jar so that it fills to just under the lip and surrounds the wick. ALWAYS pour your candles into your jars over newspaper. Otherwise you will get wax everywhere. And cleaning wax off your stovetop is not enjoyment at every (trust me!)

-Very important: DO NOT pour leftover wax below your drain <– this was not a enjoyment lesson to learn

-You can leave your candles to set in a cool location and it will take about an hour. Cut the wicks below before burning.

Now that you’ve got every your tips, let’s make some homemade aromatherapy candles!

Print

Homemade Aromatherapy Candles

  1. Prep Time:15 minutes
  2. Total Time:3 hours
  3. Author:Davida Lederle
  4. Yield:4 little candles 1x

Scale

Ingredients

Other supplies:

  1. 8 ounce mason jars (or jars of choice)
  2. wood stirring device
  3. pens or chopsticks for securing wicks.

Step 5: Creating the Ombre in your Ombre Candle

When you pour each layer of wax it should be between 125-130°F (51-54°C).

You hold the pots of wax warm by setting them in the heated pans of water which will retain heat for some time after you turn off the hob.

When the first layer of candle wax has hardened to form a thin skin on its surface, pour the second layer.

Now permit the second layer to cool in the same way as you already did with the first. Hold the final pan of wax at the ready.

Step 3: Add the fragrance

Cool the wax to 130°F (54°C) and then add the essential oil. 5g of one into one pot, and 5g of the other into the other. Stir well with the wooden skewers and then decide which color you desire for the bottom of your candle.

Pour half of the wax from that pan into the jar and permit to cool. You can speed up the next steps by popping the candle in the fridge.


Packing tape transfer instructions

NOTE: readers own let me know that this technique works much better if you use a photo with a light colored background. If the photo has a dark background the tape does not get extremely sticky again, so please hold that in mind before giving this project a attempt. Alternatively, if your photo has a dark background you could print it on sticker paper, as described in this glass photo block post.

Start by using your favorite photo editing software to size your photo to 2 inches high and 3 inches wide, and either own it printed on a color laser printer or make a color copy of it (this is important: an inkjet print won’t work!) If you don’t know how to size your photo, you can send it to a print store and just enquire them to print it out at 2×3 inches.

Remember, you desire this printed on plain paper, not photo paper or cardstock, and it must be a laser print. If you desire to make multiple candles, you can own multiple photos printed out on the same piece of paper.

NOTE: I printed out a photo and a quote – you can transfer anything you can print! If you are transferring a photo, use a white candle. If you are transferring a quote or something else that’s every black, any color candle would work.

You will also need heavy duty packing tape (Duck or Scotch brands work grand – avoid the super cheap dollar store kind).

Watch this video to see how simple it is to make your own personalized candle (written instructions follow):

Pull off a piece of packing tape and tape it below across your photo, making certain the tape completely covers the photo.

Use a credit card to smooth the tape below.

Go over the tape a couple of times to make certain it is well adhered.

Cut out the photo.

Fully submerge the photo in a bowl of water and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Take the photo out and peel the paper off the back.

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It will leave some white paper fibers, which you can remove by rubbing it gently with your fingers.

It can assist to dip the tape back in the water a time or two to get every the white paper fibers off.

When it looks completely clean, lay it face below on a towel and permit it to air dry. When it’s completely dry, the tape will be sticky again, and you can smooth it below on the glass for a personalized photo candle.

NOTE: readers own let me know that this technique works much better if you use a photo with a light colored background.

If the photo has a dark background, attempt using sticker paper as described in this post instead.

Viola!

For more examples of packing tape image transfers, visit this post at A Piece of Rainbow.

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Who doesn’t love candles?

These Homemade Aromatherapy Candles make the ultimate relaxation present and the perfect use for every of those ancient mason jars. You just need wax, wicks and essential oils. That’s right! essential oils are what assist you make homemade scented candles meaning you can customize them yourselves!

Just about the first thing that every person comments on when they stroll into our apartment is our excessive collection of candles. C and I collect candles and spend an exorbitant quantity on candles each month. Watching us in West Elm is love watching a kid in a candy store. I’m not going to tell you how much we spent on candles final month because it actually makes me desire to shed a tear…but we just can’t resist!

In an effort to get our budget under control, I’ve been trying to make candles every couple of months to offset our spending.

Once you’ve invested in the ingredients (just wax flakes, essential oils and wicks), it’s insane how much money you can save. Although, if I’m being totally honest candles are one of those things that I let myself indulge in because the process of making homemade candles isn’t always the easiest!

I don’t know if there’s some secret trick to candle making that I’ve yet to discover, but for some reason every time I make them something goes terribly incorrect.

Which is generally my fault because I’m known to rush the process or skip steps but in the finish they always own a way of working out, which is why I hold on making them.

Today I’m sharing my best tips for making homemade aromatherapy candles (or essential oil candles because that’s beautiful much what they are!) as well as ways you can avoid making the same mistakes I own the habit of making every single time.


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