Updated: Feb 19, 2019
Candles do not have to be scented or colorful to make a cozy home. A nicely-made, plain candle is equally calming and perhaps a little more versatile, fitting well into any container. While a Mason jar is used in this particular recipe, metal and colored-glass containers work well too.
One thing that I love about a basic candle is that it can stay out all year long. While seasonal candles have their place, a plain, unscented candle fits in no matter the occasion. And it makes a great dining area candle because it will not interfere with food aromas.
Difficulty Level: Medium
Project Time: 30 minutes
Soy wax flakes, ~1 lb
Large cooking pot
Candle fragrances and colors (if desired)
Step by Step:
1. Lay plastic bag on work area...it makes cleanup so much easier!
2. Attach wax adhesive to bottom side of wick clip. Scoop out wax adhesive with a butter knife and spread it with your fingers onto the bottom of the wick clip. Be generous with the wax so that it sticks more easily. Then adhere to center of Mason jar using a butter knife or other long object.
3. Wrap wick around wooden skewer a few times, positioning skewer above top of jar so that wick within the jar stands straight up. The skewer will keep the wick in place while the candle wax is being poured. The flat skewers work best because they will not roll.
4. Fill large cooking pot with 1-2 inches of water.
5. Pour candle wax into candle wax melter. Then place candle wax melter into large cooking pot to create a double boiler. If it looks like I have more wax than you, it is because I probably do...I like to make several candles at once.
6. Bring water in large cooking pot to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-high, and allow candle wax to melt, stirring occasionally to break up the wax.
7. And we're done! Allow wax to cool for a few minutes. Then add any fragrances or colors.
8. Carefully pour candle wax into the Mason jar, leaving at least 1/2 inch from the top. If you are concerned that you might spill, place a plate underneath to catch the wax. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least one hour...wax will begin to turn opaque as it dries. I usually avoid the refrigerator because it leads to bubbles forming in the wax, but if you like that design, go for it!
9. Remove wick from skewer, and cut so that it extends 1/4 inch above the height of the candle.
10. Complete by tying a decorative ribbon onto Mason Jar lip. Set candle out to decorate.
11. Allow candle to sit for 24 hours before using.
Note: For holidays, create fabulous centerpieces using white candles interspersed with holly bush cuttings; lining the holly bush leaves with silver or gold glitter glue will make the centerpiece really pop.
Want more Candle ideas? See many more options in the candles section.