This week I’m celebrating Scents of the Season with some of my fellow bloggers! Each day we’re sharing a DIY project that celebrates the wonderful aromas of autumn, and I’m excited to share how to make mason jar candles! I have always wanted to make candles but truth be told, I was a big chicken about it. I thought it would be difficult and messy, but it was surprisingly easy and I can’t wait to make more! Following are the instructions for making your own mason jar candles.
I promise you it’s really not that difficult and the results are rewarding.
Total cost of supplies was just under $20 – and I have leftover dye and wicks.
Allow the wax to completely melt over medium to medium high heat, until it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tip: Be sure to use a thermometer when making your candles.
Since I was using a cinnamon scent, I added red dye with a little bit of gold dye mixed in.
Allow the dyed wax to cool to 175 degrees and add scented oil, about .5 ounce for 2 lbs of wax. Mix well.
(Note: I like heavily scented candles and will probably double the dosage of scented oil next time.)
Wrap the top of the wick around a bamboo skewer or toothpick to hold the wick in place.
This will come in handy when you start pouring the wax and allows you to reposition, if needed.
Leave room at the top of the jar so the wick extends above the wax but can be trimmed below the rim.
Tip: Place waxed or parchment paper under your mason jars to catch any spills.
Poke holes near the wick to allow air bubbles to escape.
Remember to leave space at the top of the jar for the wick to extend above the wax after trimming.
Allow candles to cool completely – about 6 hours – then trim the wicks.
Even the clean-up process wasn’t too bad. The cinnamon scent reminds me of Fall!
And I hope you’ll give it a try. The candles make great gifts!
Here’s the schedule for this week’s Scents of the Season:
AND … starting later this week is the Fall Vignettes How-To Tour with 25 bloggers!
I’ll share how to create a centerpiece this Saturday, November 9th.