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November 04, 2011

I am so excited to share today’s DIY with you! For one, because I have a new DIY logo… and two, because I absolutely love making candles! Last christmas I made a candle for every single lady in my family and a few of my close friends, which came to around 45 candles… which was so much fun! Shopping at thrift and vintage stores to find cool and unique glass containers… melting the wax, coloring it, and wrapping them all up… I want to do it all over again!

SUPPLY TIP 11/4/11 – I have a fantastic seller on Ebay who I usually buy my supplies from John at Superior Candle Company (tandj999) who always has the best deals on bundles and kits – and the wax/supplies is of terrific quality. If he doesn’t have any listed, send him a message through Ebay, and he will list a kit just for you. *Sometimes they will have listings up and sometimes they wont!

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SUPPLIES:

  • 1 lb bag of soy wax flakes (very easy to work with!)
  • wax colorant; beads, bars or in liquid form
  • candle pouring pot
  • wicks and wick stickums
  • wick holder sticks
  • a wooden spoon
  • scent oil of your choice (optional)
  • pint sized mason jar
  • cute material or card to finish off your candle

Candle making supplies can be purchased from many different places including: Michaels, Etsy, Ebay, Amazon and many other craft stores. Before you get started, make sure you have all the supplies below and that whatever glass you choose to pour your candle into is nice and thick, thinner glass can crack from the flame of a candle.

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For this project we won’t be needing that inner seal part of the mason jar lid, so you can remove it. Wipe out the inside of your jars to make sure you have a clean surface to pour your candle wax into. These pint sized mason jars (5″ tall by 3″ wide) take almost a full pound of wax flakes each.

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Some wicks are shipped or packaged looking a little wild or crooked – no need to worry – run your fingers along the wick to smooth it out. Simple as that.

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Next, take your stickum and apply it to the metal base of your wick – this then sticks to the bottom of your jar to firmly hold your wick in place.

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Then drop your wick into your jar and center it as best you can. I used the end of my spoon to push the stickum down firm on the bottom of my jar.

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Next up, the wick holders. These are basically two little wooden dowels with tight rubber bands on each end. Used to pinch your wick and hold it taut in the center of your jar while you pour in your candle wax and while it is setting. Do your best to balance your wick right in the center of the jar, otherwise it will be crooked once the wax is set. This is only one style of wick holder – there are many out there.

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Now the best part! Melting your wax! There are many different ways to do this… so here is my simplified version: start by keeping your flame on the lowest heat possible through this whole process. It is best to keep the wax warm enough to melt, never hotter and never boiling. Stir and stir until all your wax melts down. White wax will look slightly yellow once melted.

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Now for the color and scent! I know that John from Ebay says not to use his “crummies” as color but I do because it is easy and I can make multiple colors using the good old primaries, red, blue, and yellow. Since the ratio of pure white wax to these little beads is like 10 to 1, my colors always turn out pastel – which I love. If you want a bright colored candle I suggest using his color blocks that he includes in his kits. If you want a specific color, you will definitely need to practice. I wanted a muted turquoise color to match my ‘pool‘ colored card stock from Paper Source… using the color wheel, 2 parts blue + one part yellow = teal (I added a little green too just for fun). If you are using color bricks or liquid color to color your candles, follow the instructions on the packaging ~ or experiment. Add a little, see what it looks like and then add a little more. The amount of color added won’t harm the wax base of your candle. Next, you can add your choice of scent. Almost every major scent is now made for candle making oil. For this candle, I chose Warm Vanilla Sugar. The typical fragrance ratio is 1 ounce of scent to 1 pound of wax.

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You are supposed to wait until your wax is the consistency of a Slurpie from 7-11… before you pour it into your jar – which normally takes about 20-30 minutes to cool to that desired texture. Unfortunately, the day we did this DIY shoot it was over 90 degrees in beautiful Southern Cali and after sitting for almost an hour it was still beautifully clear. So I poured it anyway, because we were running out of time and light. Wax always looks darker when it is the molten state. CRAFTERS TIP // Since we aren’t being specific here and using a thermometer, waiting till the wax cools down is an important step so that the center of your candle doesn’t crack or sag while cooling.

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//////   How to clean your pouring pot   //////

If wax has cooled and is left stuck inside your pot, throw it back on the heat for like 10 seconds. Once nice and melted again, I take a paper towel and my spoon and wipe the inside clean. Over and over until there is no residue left. That’s all there is to it – no soap or water needed.

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Batch number two! Soft pink was the desired color and the scent was Pink Sugar.

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***Remember to let you wax cool until it looks like a slurpie from 7-11! The day I shot this it was over 90 degrees and my wax wasn’t cooling, so we had to pour it clear. Waiting till the wax cools down is an important step so that the center of your candle doesn’t crack or sag while cooling.

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Huge difference in the final color right!!! Because the day and night was so hot, it took almost 24 hours for these to cure completely. It never takes that long. But you should let them set at least 24 hours before lighting. Now you will need to trim the wicks to about a 1/2″.

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I think these would be perfect ‘thank you’ gifts for bridesmaids or if you are feeling really crafty they could be favors. Maybe use smaller jars if you choose these for favors – to cut down on cost and production time. Here are two different and cute ways to say ‘Thank You’.

Supplies:

  • Thank You stamp – mine is from Paper-Source
  • fabric
  • stamp pad
  • scissors
  • bowl to trace around

We are going to make a fabric cover for the top of the jar. Trace an appropriate circle for your mason jar lid, onto fabric and cut it out.

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Now stamp your desired design onto the center of your fabric.

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Next, drape your fabric circle over the top of the jar – with no lid. We will use the lid to seal the fabric over the jar. Screw on tight and tug at the fabric from the sides until it’s even.

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If you choose, add a little twine and tie a bow. SO cute!

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Option #2: stamp on cardstock. Same supplies except we are exchanging fabric for card stock. Trace the removable lid onto your card stock and cut out the circle. Then stamp your design right in the center of your card stock circle.

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Place the cardstock inside the lid, replacing the seal.

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Screw on tight and add your twine bow. Adorable!

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That’s it! This candle making tutorial can be used with any type of jar or glass… the possibilities are endless! I absolutely love making candles and I hope that this DIY will help you love it too!

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////////   NEW CANDLE TUTORIALS BELOW   ////////

If you loved this poured candle tutorial… then you will love our latest versions of this project!

The Tinted Mason Jar Candle and the easy votive candle!

Easily tint the jar instead of coloring the wax… and if you’d like to make inexpensive favors – the votives are for you!!!

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DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // pint mason jars and twine: Michaels // candle making supplies: Ebay (tandj999) – although many of these supplies can be purchased at Michaels and other online retailers like CandlesandSupplies.net // Thank You Stamp: Paper-Source // material: JoAnn’s Fabrics


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Vivienne @ The V Spot
November 4, 2011

Awesome! Thanks for the sources too. I shared on fb.

Jo Ann Causey
November 6, 2011

Very clever, loving the ease of it but it looks so darned complicated!

CouponQueen
November 12, 2011

Great candles! Used to make them years ago in molds, but this is better! How much wax do you melt per mason jar?

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    November 12, 2011

    Hi there! I used about a pound of soy candle flakes per mason jar :)

Debbie
November 22, 2011

How big are the mason jars that take the full lb of flakes?

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    November 22, 2011

    The jars in my example are from Michaels and they are 5" tall by 3" wide... :)

Casey
November 25, 2011

I was thinking about doing this for everyone for Christmas gifts:) any ideas on how to tweak them to make them more holiday?;) also, how much wax goes into making one of your candles? Thanks so much!!

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    November 25, 2011

    Hi Kaycee! For starters, the color... red, green or white. You can use holiday fabric for the tops, or holiday paper... maybe hang a mini-candy cane from the side. This size candle takes 1 pound of soy flakes.

      Casey
      November 25, 2011

      Ahh thank you!!! I cannot wait to get started! Are the kits the cheapest way to acquire all the materials I'll need? Do you have a Pat Catans' craft shop near you? Is it cheapest to buy online/ eBay or amazon?

      Jen | SomethingTurquoise
      November 25, 2011

      I think that the Ebay kits are the easiest way to get all the materials... not sure if it's the absolute cheapest - but definitely easy!

Casey
November 26, 2011

Where did you purchase your dye? I noticed tandj999 sells the beads not the actual dye:(

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    November 26, 2011

    Hi Casey! I am so glad that you are SO excited about making these candles! I promise if you read through my instructions it will all be clear... there is no die, only beads and perfume!

Kathryn
November 28, 2011

Very cool! Do you know what the approximate burn time is for these candles?

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    November 28, 2011

    I'm not sure of the average burning time... but I have burned these exact candles for at least 10 hours and they have burned about 1/3 of the way down. Hope this helps!

Briget
November 28, 2011

WOW! Thanks for the easy step-by-step instructions! :) Do you recommend a particular oil for the scents? I like my candles Yankee strong, and would love to have my own that I make burn with a strong smell! Thanks again!

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    November 28, 2011

    The only oil I have ever used is from the kit I listed from ebay. You use one bottle of scent per pound of wax and it is VERY strong! :)

ladywe
December 4, 2011

LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!

Brittany
December 6, 2011

Hi there! This looks awesome and I'm definitely going to do these as Christmas gifts :) Question: to make these do you HAVE to use a special pouring pot or could you use a normal pot?

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    December 7, 2011

    Hi Brittany! You don't HAVE to use the special pot but it makes heating and pouring easier. After you use a pot for candle making, I wouldn't use it for cooking!

      Beata
      April 4, 2012

      You can also use tin cans when melting down the wax, I have done that in the past but you have to be careful not burning yourself as they do not have a handle. I just wore potholders. The good thing about it is that you can toss them when you're done!

Marie Finneran Koontz
December 12, 2011

thanks for sharing this! I have 2 empty square Yankee candle jars that I've been wondering how to refill. I don't think Yankee even sells the square ones anymore, and I really like the shape. I'm sure they are much smaller than the mason jars, so maybe I could do 1/2 recipe for 2 of my candle jars?

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    December 12, 2011

    Hi Marie! Yes... that would work, or you could find another container like a tea cup or wine glass to pour the left over in!

Angie C.
January 18, 2012

I love this! Definitely something I am going to try! Thanks for posting.

Sandy
January 18, 2012

Thanks for the source-I ordered a starter kit !

Lucy
January 22, 2012

What a great idea. Definitely will try this. My granddaughter is using Mason jars with candles for outside evening wedding and these would tie right in.

Alica
January 27, 2012

I am into anything using Mason Jars. Love the ideas

Jennycakes
January 29, 2012

Thank you for this post. So specific and great photos. I want to do this for my moms birthday here in a few weeks and I'm really excited. I'm just having trouble deciding what color and what jar I want to use! Thanks for your info and hard work!

Kay
January 30, 2012

I was wondering if you could tell me if the oil in that came in the kit say if its a essential or a if its fragrance? My friends and I have been wanting to make these was so excited to find you instructions.

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    January 30, 2012

    Hi Kay! I know the oils that come in the ebay kit are strictly for candle making or burning in oil pots... if you email the kit company they answer any questions like this that you might have :)

      Kay
      January 31, 2012

      Ok thank you I will check on ebay today.

Lindsey P Jackson (@LindseyLou1214)
February 2, 2012

Have you by chance tried tye-dye?! I realize if it could work, it would be time consuming, doing one color at a time and letting that set up before you add another color. Also, it may get so hot it melts the first layer... lol. Anyway, just wondering if it was something you had tried. If I give it a shot I'll be sure to post how it turns out!

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    February 2, 2012

    Hi Lindsey! Yes I have poured in multiple layers... usually making a couple candles at one time, it looks really cute! The wax will not melt the layers underneath, your wax should never be that hot anyway... I'll be waiting to see pictures of yours :)

Sarah
February 5, 2012

I want to do this for family for gifts thank you.....

Sarah H.
March 9, 2012

Wondering if you've had any problems with the wax shrinking after pouring? If it shrinks, do you just top it off with more wax or do you have to start over by melting it all again? Help! Love the idea, though!

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    March 9, 2012

    Hi Sarah! This exact wax doesn't really shrink at all, especially if you pour the wax once it has cooled... good luck!

Laurie
March 25, 2012

Hello! I can't wait to try this! I've been to e-bay and looked up the seller you talked about. I have one question...the soy beads~are they the "crummies" you talk about? He lists so many that sound like they could be fragrance, too. These beads are what you can use to add color or create different colors to the candles, right? Thanks!

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    March 25, 2012

    Hi Laurie! The Ebay seller has soy flakes, that are white, which is melted down to make the bulk of the candle. He also sells soy beads - aka crummies, that you can use to color your candles or place on top of your finished candle as decoration. The fragrance is in the little white bottles. You will need to pick your bead colors and your fragrance choices within the kit that you purchase. The seller also has listings that include large disks that are pigment and fragrance in one - for ease of use. If you have any questions about individual listings, email the seller - he is great with communication. :)

Lana in MI
March 26, 2012

OMG I found this on Pinterest!!! THANK YOU@!!!! This is by far the BEST ever tutorial on making a candle! I love it...cannot WAIT to try it out. I will ck out the ebay link, but we do have a Michaels here too. Thanks again from MI.

Patty
March 28, 2012

Love this idea. I was wondering is there any smoke from melting the wax. Also how strong is the odor when your making them? Sorry to ask but I have a lung disease that makes it hard to do. I wanna try this but thought I would check with you. Thanks.

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    March 28, 2012

    Hi Patty! There is absolutely no smoke from melting the candles while making them. When burned the amount of smoke actually depends on the type of wick used, sometimes thicker/stronger wicks are more difficult to blow out and seem to smoke for a while after extinguished. Other wicks that I have used don't have this problem - I couldn't tell you which are which, best advice is to blow out your candles outside, just to test your wicks. The odor is only from the fragrance you choose, if you prefer no fragrance - you don't have to add it! The plain soy flakes are unscented. Hope this helps!

christina
May 10, 2012

Love ur ideas!!!

Carol Fenimore
June 4, 2012

I love this candle. Your tutorial is fabulous. I want to have these available for our fall bazaar at our church. Can you purchase anything in bulk rather than using the kits?

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    June 4, 2012

    Hi Carol! The ebay seller listed offers many sizes of kits, if you email him I am sure that he would create a special giant listing just for you. In my experience, this seller has been the overall cheapest way to go.

Sheridan
June 26, 2012

This is a great tutorial. I'm going over to eBay to check out the kits right now!! I'm getting married next year and want to have votives on the tables. This will be perfect and much more personalised. Thanks for sharing!

Brittany
August 16, 2012

Hi I am definatly going to do this for christmas!! I was wondering how many "crummies" you use per mason jar. I read that it takes 1 pound of wax flakes and one of the bottles of scent but I couldn't find how many crummies you used. Thanks!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    August 17, 2012

    Hi Brittany! The amount of crummies is up to you... less for a lighter color, more for darker. I would say a small handful per batch. I've never run out :)

Cassidy
August 18, 2012

Hi! I love this idea. I went to the ebay seller, but he doesn't have anything listed for sale. Do I have to ask him specifically, or can I go somewhere else for what I need on ebay? Do you know the technical term for the crummies? Thank you!!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    August 18, 2012

    Hi Cassidy! If the Ebay seller has no listings up, he might be on vacation :) ...they use the term crummies - no other term needed!

Crissy
August 21, 2012

Thank you so much for this very explanatory post, I love it, and since I'm a couponer I have a lot of Mason jars I found at wonderful deals. I know now that I can make beautiful personalized gifts, I wonder though, could I say put peppermint candies in the bottom?

Rosanna
August 25, 2012

I love this tutorial and can't wait to do this for some crafty Christmas Gifts. I can't seem to find tandj999 on ebay anywhere, maybe I am not searching correctly...??

Jen | Something Turquoise
August 26, 2012

Hi Rosanna! I sent the ebay seller a message - he might simply be on vacation. I know his kits have become incredibly popular so maybe he is starting his own website. When I have more info I will post it!

Susan Bryant
August 27, 2012

A few different tips.....if you are using a regular mouth mason jar (not wide mouth) you can use a clothespin to center & stabilize your wick at the top.....also....if you don't want to purchase the wick stick ums, I use hot glue to affix my wicks to the bottom of the jars & I took an old Bic or any pen that has the ink tube that is removable and removed the ink, slide my wicks thru the hallowed out pen & hot glue the wick base & you can easily push it into place in the center of the jar!

Rosanna
September 13, 2012

Thank you soooooo much Jen. It will be my first time making candles and i'm excited to try.

Emily Kintner
September 20, 2012

Hi I was wondering if you ever found out anything from the ebay seller? I emailed him and never heard back and I wanted to order a kit. If he isn't selling anymore I can go somewhere else but since you speak so highly if this seller I wanted to give them a chance:) Thank you so much

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    September 20, 2012

    Hi Emily. Unfortunately I haven't heard back from him either and I am super bummed out - I loved his products! If you find products that you are happy with let me know - I'm actively searching for a replacement!

Emily Kintner
September 21, 2012

I am going to try scentsationalsoy. Her 10 lbs is 57.99 with free shipping so it's a little more but she seems helpful and like she has a lot of options. I will let you know what I think of the product when it comes in:) Thank you !!

Robert Yarbrough
October 27, 2012

Well when I used to make these, I would only do half a jar at a time, wait for the wax to cure, then the other half it helped tremendously on the colapse you are talking about which is caused by simple shrinkage in the cooling process

Candles and Supplies.com, Inc.
October 29, 2012

we actually have a large selection of fragrances, waxes, and jars that you can purchase everything in one place. Feel free to check us out.....www.candlesandsupplies.net

Krystal
October 29, 2012

I would check out candlesandsupplies.net they have a large selection of candle making supplies at great prices. They also have great customer service if you get stuck while making your candles.

Their scent section has so many wonderful scents I don't know what to pick.....their website address is www.candlesandsupplies.net

Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Hi Stuart! Just regular cotton fabric from the fabric store, use whatever color fits your project!

Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Hi Isabelle! Essential oils aren't exactly meant for candle making, I only recommend fragrances meant for candle making.

Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Hi @[246935300424:274:Candles and Supplies.com, Inc.]! Thank you for your comment. I've contacted your company in hopes of a crafty partnership!

Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Hi Kelly, no 1lb of wax makes about one and a half candles of this size. If you buy the wax flakes in bulk it will definitely save you some $$$

Sarah Sweet
November 2, 2012

i got all my stuff from hobby lobby!

Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Hi Sarah! Simple, your wax was too hot when you poured it. Heat your wax on a VERY low heat, don't rush the melting of it. Then let it cool down in the pot before you pour it into your container.

Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Hi Samuel. Exactly what Dannette said. Mason jars are meant to withstand heat. They will definitely not crack or break.

Kelly Suever
November 3, 2012

Oh, ok awesome! Thanks!

Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Usually about 1oz of scent per 1lb of wax :)

Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Hi Rosanna, the Ebay seller is back!!!! His listings are up!

Jen | Something Turquoise
November 2, 2012

Hello Everyone!!!! The Ebay seller is back!!! Hooraayyy!!!!!

Amber Sapp Artz
November 7, 2012

Do these candles burn clean or are they very sooty?

Morgan Blandford
November 7, 2012

Can someone tell me what size mason jar that is? I want to say a pint but I'm not sure.

Sharon Collins Dible
November 9, 2012

Thank you for such detailed directions with equally detailed photos of each step. I've read about making candles on other sites, but yours is the most thorough, and helpful. I can't wait to make candles for Christmas gifts. Thanks again!

Cara Marassa
November 14, 2012

Would it work to do different layers of different colors in the same mason jar if you let them cool for 24 hours before adding the next layer? like possibly 2 or 3 different colors, but complementary colors, since they will probably mix a bit when the new hot wax is poured? Or would it remelt it too much? Have you done something like that before?

Emily Baudoux
November 29, 2012

You can also heat your container with a blow dryer to even out the heat cooling process

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 2, 2012

    I wouldn't recommend using a blow dryer to even out the cooling process - they do not produce enough heat - even my professional blow dryer doesn't. If you need to warm your container I would very carefully use an embossing gun instead. But, if you melt your wax on very low heat and pour in into your container after it has cooled down for a while, you should completely avoid having to warm the container!

Bailey Recktenwald
December 2, 2012

I made this as christmas gifts for my friends! the only problem is, when it cures, there's an air pocket around the wick. any ideas on how to fix that? ps, glitter makes them really fun!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 2, 2012

    Hi Bailey! To start with, make sure that you are melting your wax on the lowest heat possible and pouring it after the wax has cooled down - the cooler you pour your wax the less shrinkage there will be. It was probably just random that there was an air pocket around the wick... but if you have an embossing gun you can heat the top layer of wax with it and hopefully it will fill itself in. Hope this helps!

Pauline C. Seavey
December 6, 2012

I wonder if this would work with old scentcy wax.

Lisa Battistin Bowman
December 6, 2012

Yes, it will work. Be sure to let the 1st layer cure then the 2nd layer [and each layer thereafter] cool until it is just pourable. Please, DO NOT MIX SEVERAL DIFFERENT SCENTS IN THE SAME CANDLE - maybe two if they are light and complimentary, but more than that will bring on a quesy feeling.

Lisa Battistin Bowman
December 6, 2012

You can also use little salt and pepper shakers that have been made to look like Ball Canning Jars. Keep the plastic lids with the holes and just add fabric over them or you can use the cardstock and add rick-rack or "just wide enough" ribbon to go around the edges. There is just TONS of things that you can do - a collection of "shot glasses" that you may have been collecting [or can get super cheap at yardsales/thrift stores] are cute and will burn about as long as "tea lights".

Anne Beland
December 10, 2012

I used 100% beeswax and lemon oil to make my own citronella candles for the summer. They worked just fine.

Krisel Tiotuico
December 10, 2012

hello! so i just went out and bought my supplies. Although i could not find any of the "crummies" at hobby lobby, so insteadi bought liquid dye. Has anyone ever used die instead of the beads? How do they turn out? and is there any other place i can find crummies besides ebay?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 10, 2012

    Hi Krisel! The liquid dye works just like the crummies. To check the color while your wax is hot - stick a popsicle stick (or the like) into your wax after you have added the color and wipe some on a paper towel and let it cool. It will give you a better idea of the color than looking at the hot wax. Hope this helps!

      Krisel Tiotuico
      December 11, 2012

      Yes that definitely helps, thank you! Also, is keeping the temperature when pouring the wax really important? Where should it be? I know I need to have it cool down before I pour it into the jars.

      Jen | Something Turquoise
      December 11, 2012

      Yes. When your wax is too hot it will cause the middle of your candle to sink/sag and not be flat. Heat your wax on the lowest heat possible, let it sit for at least 15 minutes before you pour - the longer the better - but obviously before it starts to harden up. This will guarantee that you candle cools smooth and flat on top, but a little sag is ok :)

Aimee Renea Prest
December 14, 2012

For adding color could you use food coloring?

Aimee Renea Prest
December 14, 2012

or what about using crayons?....

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 16, 2012

    Hi Aimee, I do not recommend using either of those to add color to your candles.

Bridget Mulder
February 6, 2013

this is really cool! can the pouring pot be used on an electric stove as well? I didn't know if the constant contact with the burners would mess up the bottom of the pot - or affect how well the wax melts. I'll hopefully have a gas stove soon.

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    February 7, 2013

    Hi Bridget, I'm sure it would be fine because you will be keeping it on the lowest heat possible for a very short amount of time. But, I don't have an electric stove so I can't say for sure. Hope this helps.

Lisa Semerdjian
February 10, 2013

Do you know why sometimes the wick disappears into a small pool of wax in the middle and dies out?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    February 10, 2013

    Hi Lisa, this could be a couple of things. Most likely the wick isn't strong enough for the amount of wax surrounding it, the wick was too short during the first burn, or if you didn't make the candle - it could be a manufactures problem. If you did make the candle, make sure when you purchase your wicks that they are for the type of wax you are using and the width of container you are using. Hope this helps!

Lisa Semerdjian
March 5, 2013

Do you know why sometimes the wick disappears into a small pool of wax in the middle and dies out?

Evey
April 3, 2013

Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this project on the front page of looksisquare.com (a new submission-based website) for my Looksi Takeover day featuring my favorite mason jar projects from around blog land! :) The project will linked back to your site. I hope you will check us out and maybe even submit a few projects as well!

Sincerely, Evey

Dietra Bradsher
April 26, 2013

I was recently given about 2/3 of a 10 lb wax bar. How should this be used (instead of wax flakes)? Can the wax be melted in a crock pot?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    April 26, 2013

    Hi Dietra! Super easy... take a large kitchen knife and slice thin sections off at a time - almost as if you were cutting a large piece of cheese. It should crumble really nicely for you and then you can melt it down the same way I do in the tutorial. I've never tried the crock pot - but if you have one that you don't use for food I guess it would be worth a try! Hope this helps!

Jessica Walters
May 13, 2013

question? once old candles are burned down, if you clean the jar out, can use again , right? from any of your old candles, and that would save on purchasing new...

Rebecca
May 14, 2013

Love this! Perfect for hostess gifts, teacher gifts or Christmas! Thanks so much for the post. I've never thought of this!!

Tammy
June 12, 2013

My sister and I want to start our own soap and candle company business. I looked for your supplier on ebay and could.not find the seller.

Gloss Bourassa
June 12, 2013

Great tutorial thanks. I'm going to try mine with some Weck Tulip Jars which are a beautiful shape.

Morgan Blandford
July 20, 2013

Can someone tell me what size mason jar that is? I want to say a pint but I'm not sure.

Michelle Allison Alex
August 4, 2013

I love burning candles. I have to try this awesome idea.

Rosanna Stout
August 25, 2013

I was hoping to find these supplies, but I can't seem to find the seller on Ebay anymore.. maybe they no longer sell the supplies?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    August 26, 2013

    Hi Rosanna, yes, unfortunately they are hit and miss. But most Michael's have soy flakes by the pound and the rest of the supplies you need :) So does http://www.candlesandsupplies.net/

Tammy Roney Love
August 29, 2013

How much sent do you put in your candles.

Karen
October 5, 2013

Thank your for such great and detailed directions! Beautiful candles!

Samuel Reeves
October 22, 2013

Great tutorial, however my concern is jar breakage, won't the heat break the jar if left to burn for a while. Could you email me an answer at "foxden1@hushmail.com".

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    October 22, 2013

    Hi Samuel, nope! Glass is made from heat and will easily withstand the heat of a candle :)

Rachelle
October 25, 2013

Hi Jen, I just read your blog and it inspired me to make some candles for Christmas gifts this year :) Can you tell me how large your candle pot is? I have seen some almost 1lb pots and some 4lb pots.

I want to make a bunch of mason jar candles (1lb of wax each) and was wondering if you make one big batch or if you heat 1 lb of wax at a time?

Thanks so much!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    October 27, 2013

    Hi Rachelle!!!! Awesome!!! My pot in the tutorial is the smaller pot. I have and use both and I'll give you my thoughts on them. If you want to make different color/scented candles for each person, it's easier and quicker to use the small pot. To slowly melt (and not burn) your wax the smaller pot is also easier to control. The larger pot is terrific if you want to make the same exact color/scent for large batches of candles. It much deeper so cleaning is not as easy as the small pot. Basically, if you are doing more custom gifts... I would use a small pot. If you are going to make large batches of the same candle, the larger pot will be great. **Also, think about storage :) Hope this helps!!! Happy Crafting!!!

Katie Lyn Brand
October 28, 2013

Love this! Definitely going to be trying this out soon! Do I just search on ebay for the kits? Or is there an easier way to find them? And do any stores sell the kits or the materials I would need?

Heather
November 11, 2013

FYI bulkapothecary.com has great prices, I got a 10lb bag of soy wax for 18.98

Katie Lyn Brand
December 1, 2013

Love this! Definitely going to be trying this out soon! Do I just search on ebay for the kits? Or is there an easier way to find them? And do any stores sell the kits or the materials I would need?

Kelly Suever
December 5, 2013

Ok, so it takes 1lb of wax flakes for each candle right? I just wanted to make sure before I tried this. I LOVE candles, just want to make sure I don't break the bank haha. Thanks!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 5, 2013

    Hi Kelly! Yes, just about one pound per jar. You can easily use smaller mason jars to save money! :)

Kelly Suever
December 14, 2013

Ok, so it takes 1lb of wax flakes for each candle right? I just wanted to make sure before I tried this. I LOVE candles, just want to make sure I don't break the bank haha. Thanks!

Kelly Suever
December 14, 2013

Ok, so it takes 1lb of wax flakes for each candle right? I just wanted to make sure before I tried this. I LOVE candles, just want to make sure I don't break the bank haha. Thanks!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 15, 2013

    Hi Kelly, yes just about 1 pound per candle. You can always purchase smaller mason jars (the steps are exactly the same) to save some money! :) Happy Crafting!

Ronda Yothers
December 14, 2013

Where do you find your scents? I haven't been able to find anything that works.

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 15, 2013

    Hi Ronda! I buy my candle scents at many different places; Michaels Craft Store, Brambleberry.com (one of my favs!), Etsy, CandlesandSupplies.net ...you have many options!

Jennifer
January 8, 2014

Thank you for such a straight forward tutorial!

I've made 3 mason jar candles . Instead of using coloring I bought the blue colored Ball jars from A.C. Moore. They are medium size and were on sale for $9.99 for a box of 6.

A pound of soy wax flakes filled one mason jar as well as a small Chinese tea cup perfectly.

For anyone interested in the cost of this project (most supplies from A.C. Moore): 1 pound soy wax flakes = $6 Pouring pot = $17 (or you can buy a starter set for $25 which I did because of all it came with. But the color and the scent were not favorable and the jars it came with were not exactly what I wanted my candle to be, also came with 14oz of soy wax flakes and a few wicks. Didn't leave much room for creativity). .5oz vanilla scent = $5 (they say use 1oz scent per pound. I used a half oz and can still smell it when I open the candle so I'm fine with that, some candle i didn't even scent) I bought extra wicks for about $5, if I remember correctly.

So for a first time project to make one jar could cost you as little as $30 (and that's with plenty of extra wicks and a pouring pot you can use again and again). Any future candle will only cost you the price of wax and a jar to put it in.

I haven't burned any of my candles yet because some are going to be gifts but I'm very excited to.

I highly recommend using soy wax flakes. Bars of wax are SO difficult to break down and non-soy waxes don't harden very nicely and often sink down (I have a few really ugly purple candles that i now have to fix).

Soy wax is easy melt, easy clean, and all natural.

Kennedy
January 9, 2014

Hello! I was wondering if the sticks to hold the wick in place are reusable, and also where they might be purchased? Thank You!

michele
January 25, 2014

Has anyone tried this in baby food jars? Thinking this might be a cute scout project that we could work into am emergency kit.

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    January 25, 2014

    Hi Michele! Baby food jars would make great candle containers!

HEENA THAKKER
January 29, 2014

Hi, when I make jar candles there are tiny dots seen everywhere along the jar after it is cooled. What could be the reason for it. Is it that I am adding hot wax. I would appreciate if you could help me. Thanks

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    January 29, 2014

    Hi Heena! I actually haven't come across that exact problem but I would guess it's a temperature thing. Here, we are trying to avoid having to use thermometers and such... so you need to let the wax cool down as much as possible before pouring! Hope this helps.

Ronda Yothers
February 11, 2014

Where do you find your scents? I haven't been able to find anything that works.