Last week, the power went out and I realized, while sitting in a dark living room, that I needed to make more DIY Natural Soy Candles! They’re quick and easy to make, burn a long time, and give a cozy ambiance no matter the season.
Making DIY Natural Soy Candles is a fun afternoon project to do on your own or with friends and family! They’re easy to make, turn out beautiful, and double as a great gift to have on hand when you need something special to give someone. I was so excited to make them that I made them on Mother’s Day!
What you need for DIY Natural Soy Candles:
I kept my candles simple and natural. Since I enjoy keeping a candle burning on the stove, I didn’t want to heavily scent mine but I did use a little essential oil. For these DIY Natural Soy Candles you’ll need soy wax, wicks, a coffee can, large pot of water (large enough to serve as a double-boiler for the coffee can), small glass jars, and hair clips/clothespins. I used this wax which comes with 100 pre-waxed wicks.
Place your coffee can in a larger pan of almost boiling water. You don’t necessarily have to use a coffee can. You can you a Pyrex measuring glass, or another pan. I like the coffee can idea because the wax is difficult to clean out and with a coffee can, I can just put the lid on it and save it for a future candle project.
Add about half of your 5 pounds of wax and keep adding wax until it’s completely melted, stirring as you go.
While you’re waiting for your wax to melt, hot glue the wicks to the bottom of the glass jars you’re using. I have used yogurt jars, baby food jars, wine glasses, and mason jars to make candles. It’s whatever strikes your fancy! But I do highly recommend hot gluing the wicks so that they don’t float to the top.
Add any fragrances or dyes to your melted wax, stir well to combine and pour into your jars.
Clip the wick into place with a hair clip or clothespin and wait for the wax to cool. Trim the wick to 1/2.”
Step Six: (optional)
I originally planned to add dried flowers as the wax cooled (adding them to early makes them sink to the bottom), but I got distracted and the wax set up faster than I expected. However, this made for a happy enough accident because I just sprinkled the flowers on the top and they sink into the wax as the candle burns!
Add a cute little tie and a tag and you’re all done! Enjoy!