My eyes have been opened! I love candles, but I don’t love the price tag. Those fancy jar candles can cost big bucks. They are nice to have around the house in case the power goes out or just for scent. I thought I would try my hand at making Homemade Jar Candles. I never imagined just how simple it would be! OMG! It was so easy!
You will need …
- Candle Wax ( I used Soy Wax. That is a 10 lb bag.)
- Candle Wicks
- Essential oils for scent or Candle Scents
- Empty wide mouth jar, Tea Cups, Etc to hold your candles
Fill a microwave safe glass bowl with the wax pellets. Microwave on high for a couple minutes; stirring and checking occasionally. Depending on the amount, power of microwave etc, the time can vary. You want your wax to melt completely to a clear liquid.
**Tip** Want colored candles? Add in a peeled broken crayon the color you desire. It will melt along with the wax and color your candle.
While the wax is melting place your wick in the jar you will be using. Twist the excess wick around a pencil and balance it on top of the jar to hold the wick in place while you pour the wax. Gently pour the wax around the wick filling the container leaving about 1 inch head space at the top.
DO NOT REFRIGERATE. Allow your candles to cool at room temperature to avoid cracking. If you try to cool them with the fridge or any other cooling mechanism they will crack.
It took me less than 5 minutes to make these candles! They would make an amazing gift, and can be customized in so many ways!
I am planning on hitting the thrift store for some unique (cheap) containers for my candles. I have made 5 Large Candles and still have over 1/2 of my 10 lb bag of wax left. It goes a long way! Considering those large jar candles can be as much as $30 each, you can save a ton of money by making your own candles.