How to Make your own DIY Candles

Why buy expensive candles when you can make them instead? You’ll never believe how simple it is to create your own pretty DIY candles for just a fraction of the cost!

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Hello friends!

If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you’ll know that we have a list a mile long of house projects we’d like to make happen this year. This old house is ready for some major updates and, though there hasn’t been much reno action on the blog lately, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes planning all sorts of fun projects to share. In fact, we just announced our next project on the blog yesterday (and I cannot wait to see them come to life!). We’ve officially ripped out the old and outdated and at this very moment, while your sipping your morning coffee (lucky!), I’m slapping on the first coat of paint over the entire space.

Though it’s a small space, we’ve sure got some big plans. And we all know that with big plans, comes a whole lot of work. #itwillbeworthit

Days filled with DIY’ing can be utterly exhausting. And I’ll tell you, as the years pass, I’m learning how important it is to give myself (and hubs) time to rest and recuperate. I mean let’s face it, as the years pass, it’s getting harder and harder to climb up and down that ladder all day long with a paintbrush in hand and after just a few hours, even firing a nail gun feels like a ton of work.

My absolute favourite way to unwind at the end of a long day’s work is to kick back on the couch with a cup of tea, my latest read and a lovely lavender scented candle burning on the table beside me.

I feel more relaxed just thinking about it.

Instead of purchasing my soy candles at $25+ a pop, this DIY girl at heart just couldn’t help but try her hand at making them instead. And, I’ll tell you, after seeing how simple it was, I’ll never go back to buying candles again – okay, never say never, blah, blah, blah, but seriously, SO easy!

I can’t wait to show y’all how I did it!

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Supplies:
-containers (I used these sweet mason jars and lids to make mine)
-wicks (I used these wicks and stickers)
soy wax
-essential oil (I used lavender)
-large glass measuring cup (just use whatever you have on hand, it washes up just fine)
-metal spoon to stir

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Method:
one. Fasten wick to the bottom of the jar with a wick sticker or hot glue. Be sure to centre it right in the middle. Then, wrap the top of the wick around a pencil placed across the top of the jar to keep it centred.

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two. Fill measuring cup with soy wax pellets and melt in the microwave. You really could use any microwave safe container to melt the wax, though I loved having the spout to pour with.

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You’ll want to microwave in short intervals (I went with just 30 seconds at a time), making sure to stir it all up each time. It will seem to stay solid for ages, but don’t let that fool you – all of a sudden every last pellet will be melted, almost all at once. Be very careful not to overheat, as you will start to burn the wax.

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three. Stir the heat out of the wax, observing the change in consistency as it cools. Once the wax has cooled to the consistency of molasses, you can stir in your essential oils (I added about 20 drops per pound of wax used) and slowly pour your wax into the container(s).

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four. Allow the candle to cure for 48 hours before lighting. Then, trim your wick to 1/4 inch and light away.

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Simple and Pretty DIY Candles | www.makingitinthemountains.com

Why buy expensive candles when you can make them instead? You'll never believe how simple it is to create your own pretty DIY candles for just a fraction of the cost!
 

Not only were these sweet little candles simple to make, but they’re so pretty, I totally plan to gift a few to friends as well!
 

Why buy expensive candles when you can make them instead? You'll never believe how simple it is to create your own pretty DIY candles for just a fraction of the cost!
 

SUCH a huge thank you to Village Craft and Candle for sending along all of the lovely candle making supplies I used to make these pretty DIY candles! Not only do they offer everything you could ever need to make your own candles, but they were so sweet to work with and full of all sorts of advice to get me started.

Why buy expensive candles when you can make them instead? You'll never believe how simple it is to create your own pretty DIY candles for just a fraction of the cost! | www.makingitinthemountains.com
 

Wishing you SUCH a lovey day!
 
 

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32 thoughts on “How to Make your own DIY Candles

  1. Love this idea and I am smitten with those zinc lids. My daughter-in-law is candle crazy and has a birthday coming up. I better get busy! Thank you for the resources!

    1. I’m SO glad Marie! I’m so excited to have a found an inexpensive and easy way to make my own at home. And even better, I can make all sorts of custom scents with my essential oils! Thanks so much friend!

  2. Hi, I want to use Beeswax, how much Soy wax did you use? If I buy 1lb of Beeswax, how many candles could I make, using the small Mason jars?

  3. I’ve always thought it would be fun to make candles, but I didn’t know it was so simple. Pinning so I can give it a try sometime. And, as always, your photography is beautiful!

    1. Well thanks Rebecca! You are so sweet! I had no idea that they were so quick to make either, will definitely be whipping up my own from now on! Thanks again!

  4. Wow that was easy! I was thinking candle making had ton of steps. Love those Jars! Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on Friday’s P3 Party post! Have a great week! Thanks for pinning!
    Best,
    Kim

  5. Hi,

    I clicked over here from Simple Nature Decor link up because I love candles and thought this would be the perfect way to get them in the exact fragrance I wanted. I love to DIY also. Thanks so much for sharing this post and I have pinned it, shared it on Facebook, and on Google+.

    Sally Ann

    1. Oh wow, well thanks so much Sally Ann! I’m so happy you loved it enough to share! I’ll definitely be trying out a few new scents next time around too. Thanks again!

  6. Lavender scented candles are always nice. I know what you mean about a day full of DIYing can be exhausting! Love your candle recipe. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

    1. Thanks Betsey! You know, I’m not sure about the food colouring, but you could certainly ask the folks at whatever shop you buy your supplies from – they should have specific colour beads to use with wax.

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