Now that summer is winding down and we’re starting to feel the chill of fall in the air, it is officially candle season in my place. This is the time of year when I tend to burn candles every night—not to mention throughout the day—to give my space a warm and cozy vibe as the days get shorter.
But it’s hard (and expensive!) to stay stocked on candles. I absolutely love making my own candles, but to be honest, the wax can make it a messy, time-consuming job.
So I was elated to come across this quick and easy, not to mention gorgeous, process for making mason jar candles. You’ll have a candle in less than five minutes, there’s little mess and you can easily customize the contents to whatever fruits, vegetables or flowers are in season or that you have on hand.
Plus, these candles really are the prettiest addition to any table setting—perfect for the holidays!
DIY 5-Minute Mason Jar Candles
If you’re new to making your own candles, this DIY is a great place to start! This process truly is as easy as pouring water—no wax melting and pouring (or waiting!) required. If you want a new candle, you can whip one up in just a matter of minutes.
The longest part of the process will be your prep. Slice fruit or peel long thin strands of veggie skins for a unique filler.
Those flowers in your vase or garden getting close to the end? Pop off the heads and submerge them in water—they’ll stay looking great for a few more days.
Not to mention, you can easily customize your scent blend by adding essential oils to suit your mood and the season. For fall, I love a mix of orange, cinnamon, patchouli and black pepper essential oils for a warm and cozy seasonal blend.
Fall essential oil blends are some of my favorites, no matter what time of year it is. But a mix of herbs and floral essential oils would be lovely for spring!
– Ball jar or other glass container
– Fruit, flowers or other items that will tolerate water
– Tap water
– Olive oil (vegetable oil and other oils work as well)
– Essential oils (optional)
Fill a glass jar with anything pretty that tolerates water. I used oranges and lemons, but you can really customize your candles for whatever is in season. Flowers look great submerged in water, too!
Cover the objects in the jar with water. Bring the water line near the top of the jar, but be sure to allow room for your oil and wick.
Add at least 2 tablespoons olive (or other) oil. The more oil you add, the longer you candle will burn. If you want to scent your candle, add in 20-30 drops of essential oils.
Lastly, add the floating wick. Light and enjoy for hours!
The glow of fruit and flowers in the candlelight is so beautiful and absolutely mesmerizing. Something about watching the fruit floating in the water by candlelight is incredibly soothing, especially if you add essential oils for some extra aromatherapy!
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Tell me: Have you tried making your own candles at home? If not, this DIY is a great place to start!
What pretty ingredients would you add to the jar when making these candles? The possibilities are endless!
Photos by Ana-Maria Stanciu128