Tutorial: Scented Soy Candles

Clean out your fridge to find small glass jars to transform into soy candles.I have experimented with a lot of different crafts over the years, but one project that has always been on my bucket list is candle making. I don't know why, but I always envisioned it as a really complicated, time consuming process, but nothing could be further from the truth.

When I was planning my upcycled glass project for the 2015 Craft-a-Month Challenge, I decided to upcycle a simple glass jar and transform it into a jar candle.



For your health and safety, always remember that dishes and cookware that are used for crafting should no longer be used for food preparation.

First, you will need to choose a container for your candle. I used a seven ounce olive jar. Wash your container and remove any labels. Completely dry the container.
Next, you are going to heat the soy wax. I used a small crock pot to melt my wax. (If you use a larger crock pot, set it to the lowest heat setting possible.)

You can also melt wax in a double boiler on the stove. Make sure to read the package direction for melting your wax and never leave hot wax unattended because it is flammable.
While the wax melts, you can prepare your wick and container.
Add a small amount of wax adhesive to the bottom of the wick clip.
Center the wick clip in the jar and press it firmly to the glass bottom.

If the wick is longer than the jar, you can wrap it around a pencil. I found it was easier to trim the wick about an inch higher than the top of the jar and rest it against the pencil.
Once your wax is completely melted you can add a scented oil. Carefully stir the oil into the melted wax so it is distributed evenly.

Tip: A good estimate for how much scent to add is 1-2 teaspoons of essential oil for each pound of wax.
Use a ladle or large spoon to fill your jar.

A little common sense warning: Be careful because the wax is hot.

Make sure the wick is standing straight up in the bottle.
Let the wax completely cool and solidify. Once the wax has hardened, scrape any wax drips of the sides of the jar.

Trim the wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax.
Finally, you can decorate the jar with paper, fabric or a ribbon. You may also use other types of containers for candle making. I found a small, ceramic planter in the garage that also made a lovely candle holder. Of course, you should always be careful when you are burning candles. Don't leave them unattended and use caution around pets and children.
 Learn how to repurpose small glass and ceramic containers to create scented soy candles.



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The Chilly Dog: Tutorial: Scented Soy Candles
Tutorial: Scented Soy Candles
You'll be surprised how simple it is to make soy wax jar candles.
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