How adorable are these candles? I did a bit of crafting with my friend Patricia this past weekend, repurposing some old food jars and used candle holders to make all-natural soy candles at home.
All-natural soy candles are a great alternative to traditional paraffin candles. Paraffin is made from petroleum oil, so when you burn these types of candles you’re adding CO2 to the atmosphere. Also, these candles are typically scented with artificial chemicals adding to the toxicity of the air around you, versus soy candles which can be scented with natural essential oils.*
Soy candles can be a little pricey so I decided to get some supplies and make my own – upcycling jars I already had at home! Although this project was a little messy, it was such a fun afternoon craft and now I have several quality soy candles for a fraction of the price as the store-bought version.
Check out the steps below to make your own all-natural soy candles at home. Keep in mind that you may use different items to make your candle and that’s part of the creativity when it comes to upcycling items that would normally go to waste or sit around the house.
What You’ll Need
- Soy wax chips
- Recycled jars or other glass containers
- Essential oils
- Wick spool
- Chopsticks or pencil (something to tie your wick in place)
- Tin can and pan to make double boiler**
- Anchor piece***
Step 1: Gather all of your supplies and assemble your candle-making station. Cut wick from spool for each jar, making sure to cut the wick about 2-4 inches longer than the height of the jar you are using. Tie the wick to the anchor (for these bolts, we melted a little wax down to harden the wick inside the bolt) and place inside jar while also looping the other end of the wick around the chopsticks balancing them at the top of the jar. This will keep your wick straight and in place while the wax hardens.
Step 2: Prepare your double boiler to melt the wax by boiling a large pot of water and placing the tin can filled with wax chips inside. Stir the wax constantly, until completely melted down. Remove the tin from the boiler and set on a heat safe surface. Stir in essential oils for desired scent.
Step 3: Pour or scoop melted wax into jars slowly. Allow the candles to dry in a warm, temperature controlled area (i.e. not near an open window) so the wax does not crack from cooling too fast.****
*Read about the many types and benefits of essential oils here. Gah – I freakin’ love plants!
**Found this cheap wine chiller tin at Goodwill for just a few bucks.
***By now you’ve realized I’m all about getting creative and repurposing stuff I already have. My candle-making partner, Patricia, happened to have bolts from skateboard stoppers around and they worked well for anchoring the wick to the jars. See what you can find around your house – it’s part of the fun!
****This happened to me, but the candles still burn beautifully and evenly so don’t fret if you can’t find the perfect cooling area.