HOMEMADE SCENTED CANDLES IN MASON JARS
This year I canned over 120 DOZEN jars of food from my garden. I have lots and lots of mason jars. You can say I’m obsessed with mason jars and jars alike. So naturally I want to share my obsession and included mason jars in my gift giving. And seriously, is there anything cuter then a candle in a mason jar? I didn’t think so!
Here’s what you need;
Makes 1 candle
6-7 inch wick
1 pound soy flakes wax
1 ounce fragrance oil
4 cup Pyrex
Stir sticks, (Popsicle stick or skewer)
Before you begin prepare all your ingredients pots pans and supplies and plug-in your hot glue gun.
Measure out 4 cups of soy wax flakes (1 pound) and place in a heatproof Pyrex, one that you don’t mind saving only for candle or soap making. They do make special candle making kettles with a spout, however they cost twice as much as Pyrex, so I just use the Pyrex. (And if you’re impatient like I am, then you can always pop it in the microwave.) I found mine at hobby lobby for $7.99 with 30% off.
Place your Pyrex over a kettle of water (as if you were doing a double boiler) heat on low to medium heat and allow your wax to melt slowly. Being careful to not let the water come to a boil and splash into your wax. Stir frequently with either a Popsicle stick or a chopstick.
While your wax melts, glue the wicks to the bottom of your jar using a hot glue gun. This will hold your wick in place while you pour the hot wax into the jar.
Roll the top of the wick around a pencil or skewer to help keep the wick centered.
As soon as you’re wax is fully melted, take it off the heat and pour in your scented oil. Today I’m using Hansel and Gretel’s house and it smells just like Christmas. Stir just until combined. Carefully pour the melted was into your prepared candle jar. Adjust the wick, making sure it is centered in the middle of the candle. Let the hot candle sit overnight before packaging. Wrap with a ribbon and your gift is done!
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Peter Volk says
Another suggestion…if you pour the candle wax too hot you will get sinkage in the middle. This is because the wax contracts as it cools and leaves voids. The voids can cause the candle to smoke. A tip is to use a heat gun to melt some of the top layer of wax to melt down and fill the holes. You may need to repeat this process several times.
I am a newbe in candles making.This was very helpful for me.Thanks!