Making mason jar candles is as easy as melting wax and pouring it into a jar with a wick. There are a few tips and tricks along the way that I will share with you, but never fear, this project is suitable for even a beginner crafter. Imagine a fun afternoon with the bridesmaids making a few hundred candles for an outdoor wedding. Pick your scent to personalize the candle then dress them up with fabric, tulle, raphia and of course, some beautiful labels!
Mason Jar Candles
Makes 12 x 100g Soy Candles
• 1200 g soy wax
• 12 waxed wicks with tabs
• Candle scent
• Heat proof 100g canning jars
• A double boiler
• Hot glue gun
• Crayon pieces or wax dye (optional)
1. Prepare your jars by adding a bit of hot glue onto the bottom of the wick tab and press it firmly into the center of your container. If your fingers won’t fit into the jar, use a pen or straw around the wick to stick the tabs down.
2. Assemble your double boiler and add wax to the top pot. Heat over medium heat until the wax is completely melted.
3. If you are adding colour, add at this stage by dropping in bits of crayon or wax dye until you are happy with the look keeping in mind it will be lighter and more opaque when dry. If you prefer a more natural looking candle like the ones shown in this post then no colour is needed.
4. When the wax reaches 140°F it’s time to add the fragrance. Pour in 5ml per 1lb of wax and stir well to mix.
5. Cool wax to 110°F and carefully pour into jars. Prop up the wicks with a chopstick or clothes pin to keep them centered.
6. Wrap a towel around the outside of the jars and set aside to cool. Be careful not to disturb the candles too much while they set. Cooling slowly and completely will create the best looking candles. If you get a depressed area around the wick when cooled, warm up some more wax and pour it into the void or re-melt the top using a heat gun.
7. Trim the wicks to ¼” above the wax.
8. Allow your candle to cure for 48 hours undisturbed before burning. When you fire it up, let the candle burn so that there is a full, wide pool of wax before you blow it out. It is said that candles have a memory, so it’s best to let the first burn set the tone for all the rest.
The instructions are simple as can be, but if you don’t have a candle supply or craft store nearby, it could be hard to find the wicks and wax. If your local search has come up empty, there are these candle making kits available in the Garden Therapy Handmade Shop that will make the candles shown in this post.
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