Updated: Feb 19, 2019
I came up with the idea of a stained glass candle after finishing a mosaic stepping stone project. I love reusing and repurposing when possible...check out 5 Ways to Turn Your Junk into Crafty Treasure for more on this...and decided to take extra stained glass pieces and use them as candle decor. You can make your own unique candles in this way with just about any non-flammable objects, such as ceramic, stone, shells, and marbles. I usually use a Mason jar for these types of candles, although any glass jar will do the trick!
Difficulty Level: Medium
Project Time: 30 minutes
Soy wax flakes, ~1 lb
Large cooking pot
Stained glass pieces
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. In the same way that wax adhesive was used to hold wick clip in place, attach to stained glass pieces. Push each piece against inside wall of Mason jar; use a generous amount of wax and more glass pieces than desired, as pieces are prone to coming loose once hot wax is poured. To prevent too many pieces from falling, let the melted wax cool for as long as possible before pouring into jar.
4. 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.
5. Fill large cooking pot with 1-2 inches of water.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. And we're done! Allow wax to cool for a few minutes. Then add any fragrances or colors.
9. 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!
10. Remove wick from skewer, and cut so that it extends 1/4 inch above the height of the candle.
11. Complete by tying a decorative ribbon onto Mason Jar lip. Set candle out to decorate.
12. 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.