I’m kind of hooked on making homemade candles. They are so much fun to make. (And super easy too!) The really great thing about these DIY holiday candles is that each layer is not only a different color, but also a different holiday scent. So as the candles burn, the delicious scent of peppermint, or balsam or frankincense wafts through the air.
- Small glass jars (be sure they are the kind that won’t break when heated)
- Soy or beeswax flakes or pellets
- Essential oils
- Candle wick
- Small pans
Melt the wax. Work in smaller batches because each layer will need to cool completely before adding the next one.
I started with plain wax first for my white layer. For the other layers, I removed the papers from the crayons and broke them into small pieces. They melt very quickly. Use more or less of the crayon pieces to get the desired shade.
After the wax has completely melted, stir the desired essential oils into the pan with a small wooden spoon or popsicle stick. I chose vanilla (white layer), balsam fir (green layer), cinnamon + clove (red layer), sweet orange (pink layer). Use about 5-10 drops per color/layer.
Adhere the wick to the bottom of the jar using a little melted wax. Wrap the top around a chopstick or skewer to keep it centered. Pour the first layer into the jars. Let cool completely. Depending on the room temperature, this could take about an hour or more. To speed up the process, you can place them outside or in the fridge, but it can affect the way the wax sets. For a very even layer without bubbling or cracking, let them cool at room temp.
Trim the wicks so there is about 1/2- to 1/4-inch at the top for lighting. Top with the lid and store until ready to use or give as a gift!
- Soy wax flakes
- Crayons in assorted colors
- Small heat-proof jars
- Essential oils
- Choose the number of layers you want to create for each candle. Divide the wax evenly. I used about ¾ to 1 cup wax flakes per layer (so about ⅓ to ¼ cup per layer, per jar.) Remove the papers from the crayons and break into small pieces. Melt soy wax flakes and crayons in a pan. Slowly stir in 5-10 drop of the desired essential oil.
- Adhere the wicks to the bottoms of the jars using a little melted wax. Wrap the wick around a skewer or toothpick to keep it centered.
- Pour the first color layer into the jars. Let cool completely. You can speed up the process by placing them outside or in a cool place.
- Repeat the process with more wax, crayons, and essential oils. To keep the new layer from melting the previous layer, it is helpful to let the wax cool slightly before pouring into the jar.
- After the last layer is poured into the jar, let the jars sit undisturbed for several hours or overnight. Trim the wicks, top with the lids, and package up to give away.
-It's best to allow each layer to completely cool at room temperature to avoid cracking or bubbling.
-Instead of crayons, there are other ways to color the wax - reuse old taper candles, wax color dye chips, or special liquid drops.