DIY Mason Jar Soy Candles

Its dreary January, the month of holiday recovery and cold weather. Lets face it, the day you take down Christmas lights is a sad day. The air gets heavy and quiet as you tuck your favorite ornaments, blankets, and stuffed reindeer back into the holiday storage box until another December rolls around. Please, don't even get me started on that snow-dusted pine tree. The day dedicated to traveling back across the country to resume school, well that's even tougher. Once you come to terms with January, clean air settles in, and you can begin to appreciate it's newness. Some of you may know what I'm talking about. Others are still waiting for that breath of fresh air, and that's ok, it will come. 

Here's a little craft to help you through January:


DIY Mason Jar Candles
Yield: 6 candles

Supplies: 
  • 6 mason jars (I used 8 oz. jars)
  • 2 lbs. Soy wax (click here for the link)
  • Wicks
  • Wick tabs 
  • Glue gun 
  • Skewers to hold wicks in place
  • Scotch tape
  • Thermometer
  • Small pot 
  • Large steel bowl to melt wax in
  • 2 oz. Fragrance oil(s)
Directions:
  1. Prepare jars with wicks: Thread the wick into the wick tab and glue to the bottom, center of the jar with using a hot glue gun. Trim the wick 2" higher than the rim on the jar. Secure the wick on a skewer using scotch tape. Use one piece of tape to attach the wick to the skewer and the skewer to the jar (as shown in the photo). Take care to make sure the wick stands straight up in the center of the jar without sagging. Once all of the jars are prepped, allow the glue to dry before continuing (wait 1 hour to be safe).
  2. Boil a small amount of water in the small pot. Then, pour all of the wax into a large bowl. If 2 lbs. does not fit in one bowl, then start with half of the wax and repeat this step. Place the bowl of wax over the small pot of boiling water. The bowl will get hot, so hold with an oven mitt while stirring the wax with a rubber spatula to ensure even melting. Use a thermometer to indicate the temperature of the melted wax. Remove from heat when the wax reaches 170-180 degrees. 
  3. Let the wax cool until it reaches 140 degrees, then add the fragrance oil and stir. I used a mixture of vanilla and lavender. 
  4. Wait for the wax to cool to 120 degrees. When it reaches 120, transfer to glass measuring cup with a spout and carefully pour evenly into each jar. Be very careful not to splash the wax. At this time, you can slightly re-adjust any wicks that may have shifted during the pour, but do so quickly. 
  5. Clean supplies immediately to prevent the wax from drying. If the wax does dry, re-melt it or flake it off. 
  6. After candles are completely cooled, trim the wicks 1/4" tall. 
  7. Wait 48-72 hours to burn the candles. The longer you wait, the stronger the scent will be. Meanwhile, you may choose to decorate the lids using free printable templates found on Pinterest.
 Happy Candle Making!

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