How To Make An Evergreen Herb Candle Step 5

Evergreen Pressed Herb Candles

These DIY pressed herb candles are perfect for anytime of year because they are created with evergreen herbs which are always available. Using beeswax or soy wax, canning jars, evergreen clippings, and essential oils, these candles make for beautiful handmade gifts and home decor that brings the outdoors in.DIY Evergreen and Herb Scented Mason Jar Candles

Since I began working at a local apothecary here in Portland, Oregon, I’ve fallen in love with candle making. Last year I made up some Pressed Herb Candles using lavender and mint from my garden and they turned out beautifully.Pressed Herb Candles from Adventures in Making

A Note on Safety: the rosemary candles in this project look beautiful but should not be burned unattended, just like any candle. The key is to press whatever herb you choose as flat as possible and use the wax to stick it to the edge of the jar. That way they will stay against the glass jar and away from the flame. The rosemary I used was quite large and didn’t press completely flat. The herbs did burn and so I  prefer to use thinner-stemmed rosemary and make sure it is pressed flat at attached to the side of the jar like my lavender candles (shown above). Please always use your common sense with any DIY project, especially when candles are involved. We can show how we make the projects but can’t monitor your home safety so that is up to you! 

Pressed Herb Candles

I’m starting my holiday gift making early this year and decided to make up some more but with a ‘winter’ twist using pressed rosemary and essential oils to create an evergreen scented candle. As it turns out, I think they would be welcome in my home (and by my friends!) any time of year. They should even do a pretty good job at keeping mosquitoes at bay in the summer.

Materials
(Makes 2 8oz candles)

Additional Tools

  • Metal wax pitcher (or tin can)
  • Saucepan (to create a double broiler)
  • Pliers
  • Clothespins
  • Popsicle sticks

How to Make an Evergreen Herb Candle on a Mason Jar

Make it!

Before you make your candles, you need to press the herbs. Harvest some young rosemary sprigs from your garden and press them between heavy books or a wooden press for about a week or so, until they are pressed flat and dried. See how to press leaves in a homemade wood flower press here.

Next you’ll want to cut the rosemary sprigs to fit the height of the jars. Be sure to get then as close to the edge of the jar as possible.

When making candles, you can use anywhere from ½ to a full ounce of essential oils per pound of wax. When creating your own blend, keep in mind that approx. 600 drops = 1 ounce. I used about ½ an ounce or 300 drops to create an evergreen scented blend.

  • 125 drops fir needle essential oil
  • 75 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 75 drops Himalayan cedarwood essential oil
  • 20 drops juniper berry essential oil

Once you have the pressed herbs and essential oil blend ready, it’s time to start making candles! Create a double boiler using a saucepan with an inch or two of water and a metal pitcher or tin can. Place the wax into the pitcher and let melt completely.

While the wax is melting, use tongs to dip the rosemary sprigs into the melted wax and then place them into the jar. The wax will help hold the herbs into place. Cut your wick to size and use pliers to attach a metal tab. Then add a glue dot to the bottom and place into the center of your jar. Use clothespins to secure the wick and keep it centered.

Once your wax is melted remove from the pan and use a popsicle stick to stir in the essential oils. Then pour the wax into each prepared jar. Let dry.

Just before the top of the candles dried, I sprinkled on some ground rosehips to add just a touch of red just for fun. This step is completely optional. I’ve also tried adding glitter to the tops of my candles and had great results.

How to Make an Evergreen Herb Candle Step (7)

Once completely cooled, trim the wicks with scissors and enjoy your own evergreen pressed herb candles!

For more homemade gift ideas, please see Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen!More than 40 ideas for Homemade Gifts from the Kitchen!

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About the Author : Rachel BeyerRachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker living in Portland, Oregon. She spends her days working at Molly Muriel Apothecary and blogging at Adventures In Making. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, gardening, and crafting.View all posts by Rachel Beyer

  1. Tim Dudek
    Tim DudekJanuary 5,16

    My wife and I have been making candles for some time now and I have always wanted to add more herbs then we now do (I’d like to add an amount comparable to what you did) but, we are fearful that the herbs will burn once exposed and cause a fire hazard. What experiences have you had with this? Are these candles safe? Do you trim the herbs as the wax recedes? Thank you for your post and your impending response.
    -Tim

    • Rachel
      RachelJanuary 6,16

      Hi Tim,

      With these candles in particular, I did experience the herbs catch fire while the candle is burning. I think the key is to press whatever herb you choose as flat as possible. That way they will stay against the glass jar and away from the flame. As with any burning candle- did not leave it unattended! Thanks!

  2. Tonya jacobs
    Tonya jacobsApril 15,16

    I’m a 12 year plus candle maker and this candle is a fire waiting to hapoen. It is beautiful but those herbs are all going to catch fire if they come into contact with tge wick flame.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseDecember 16,16

      Great feedback, Tonya! Rachel found that they did burn and suggests that the herbs be pressed up against the glass as much as possible so that they do not come in contact with the flame. In addition, the candles should not be left unattended (as with all candles).

  3. Beth
    BethNovember 14,16

    I love how simple this is, I didn’t know making candles could be this easy. I thought it had to be more complicated, especially when you deal with the wax. Cool idea and thanks.

  4. Ashley
    AshleyNovember 14,16

    I really like this wow, I’m from pinterest and the pics were awesome.

  5. Rebecca Martinez
    Rebecca MartinezDecember 11,16

    Hi I’m making these candles for Christmas gifts and I am having he hardest time keeping my pressed herbs in place. Once I pour the wax they all make there way to the center. Any suggestions? Please and thank you

    • Rachel
      RachelDecember 14,16

      Hi Rebecca- I also struggled with this issue. If I were to make these again, I would try letting the wax cool down a little before pouring it into the jar. Maybe if it’s less hot and more warm it won’t cause the herbs to float away from the sides of the jar. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried this myself so I don’t know if it would work. Another alternative would be to use some sort of adhesive to attach the herbs to the jar. Maybe a dot or two of super glue? Good luck!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseDecember 16,16

      Hi Rebecca, I would also make sure you are using young rosemary that isn’t very woody, that has been pressed flat. That will help keep it in place. The larger, woodier stems that you can see Rachel used the first time, were a bit harder to manage.

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