How to Make Lavender Candles

One of my favorite scents in the world is calming lavender … its sweet floral and herbal fragrance with balsamic undertones. One of the easiest ways to infuse its intoxicating scent throughout the home is with candles. I’ve found that dried lavender doesn’t diffuse throughout a room as quickly and evenly as a burning candle. But good candles with quality fragrance can get expensive, so I decided to make my own lavender candles.

How to Make French Lavender CandlesI’ve made candles before, but this time around I decided to try something a little different.

I added dried lavender buds to the candle wax.

 

Supplies for Making French Lavender CandlesYou don’t need a lot of supplies … candle wax, essential lavender oil, candle wicks, candle dye, glass containers, and of course the lavender buds. You can purchase a bag of  lavender buds from Save on Crafts and you’ll find candle making supplies online or at your local craft store.

 

Hot Glue Candle Wicks to Bottoms of Glass JarsStart by placing wax or parchment paper under the jars to catch any wax that might drip when pouring your candles. Hot glue the bottom of the candle wicks to the bottoms of your glass jars, being sure to place them in the center of the jar. Make sure the wick extends at least 1/2″ above where the top of the wax will be.

 

Melting Candle Wax in Makeshift Double BoilerMelt 2-3 lbs candle wax in a double boiler. I don’t have one so I simply placed an old pot that I won’t use for cooking inside a larger pan filled with water to act as a double boiler. Turn the flame to medium or medium high and let the melted wax reach a temperature of 180 degrees.

Turn off heat and let wax cool to 125 degrees, then add .5 ounces of lavender oil for every 2-3 lbs. of candle wax. If you’re using dye, add it now. I used small, equal amounts of blue and red candle dye to achieve a soft lavender color. It’s best to add a little dye at a time until you get the right hue. Once it’s too dark, you can’t go back. After adding the essential oil and dye, stir in about 1/3 cup of lavender buds per 3 pounds of wax. Carefully pour the wax into each container – I used a funnel to avoid wax from spilling.

Let your lavender candles cool overnight before using and trim wicks to 1/4″ above candle.

 

How to Make French Lavender CandlesSome of the buds will rise to the top as the wax cools, creating a pretty effect.

 

Making French Lavender CandlesUse new glass jars for your lavender candles, or re-use old jelly jars.

Decorate the jar lids and give these candles as gifts. Or keep them for yourself!

 

DIY French Lavender CandlesThe soothing scent of lavender will fill your home and smell oh so heavenly!

 

Here’s two more lavender projects for you …

How to Make Lavender PotpourriHow to Make Lavender Potpourri

 

DIY Lavender Sachets DIY Lavender Dryer Sachets

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  1. My friend broke her foot and is having to stay on the couch for a month so this would be a great project to do with her! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. This is just what I needed to see, as I’m considering whipping up 125 little candles as wedding favors! Thanks for sharing 😉

  3. I soooooooooooo want to make my own candles one day. It’s on my bucket list – lol! Seriously, it’s one thing that intrigues me that I have yet to try.

    Jeanine

  4. These are absolutely beautiful!! I can only imagine that they smell divine too!!

  5. These are fantastic Jennifer. What a great rainy day project for me and to have some little gifts on hand!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  6. Hi Jennifer, I just wondered if there would be a problem with the lavender flowers burning as they come in contact withe the flame

  7. Think I know what I’m making for my sisters for Christmas.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this project with us! I was wondering can I use bee wax for this DIY? Please let me know. Thank you!

  9. Can you tell me where you got your small jars please? I’m looking for them everywhere D:

  10. Mary Ellen Hammarllund says:

    I have been wanting to make lavender candles to add to my lavender products, and want to try your recipe. Thank you for sharing this!

  11. kimberly says:

    Tried this-almost set the house on fire when the lavender buds caught fire after the candle had burned down. Careful!

  12. Hi, I tried to make one, but when I let the wax cool down to 125, it began to have bunch of wax in it. So, I heat it up again, put my oil and the buds and poured in the jar. But, later, the wax kind of fall in the middle, it didn’t make a smooth surface. What did I do wrong? (Sorry for the bad english, it’s not my first language)

  13. Michelle says:

    Hi, I would like to know if the flower buds will settle down to the base of the jar when the wax are cooling.
    How do you keep them floating?
    Thanks.

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