How To Make Soy Beeswax Candles In Jars Small

Soy Beeswax Jar Candles

Garden therapy extends to the indoors when the weather outside starts to chill.  Warming up with the fragrance and glow of natural candles couldn’t be easier as you’ll soon see from this step-by-step tutorial on making our very favourite candles from a soy wax/beeswax blend.  Melt, pour, then cosy up for this weekend’s project.

Materials

  • canning jars with lids
  • a double boiler
  • 75% soy  wax*
  • 25% beeswax
  • waxed and wired wicks with tabs
  • hot glue gun
  • thermometer

 Optional Materials

  • candle scents
  • crayon pieces or wax dye

 Directions

1.  Prepare your jars by adding a bit of hot glue onto the bottom of the wick tab and press it firmly into the center of your container. If your fingers won’t fit into the jar, use a pen or straw around the wick to stick the tabs down. Note: there are many different sizes and types of wicks so ask for the right size for your particular container at the candle supply store.

2. Assemble your double boiler and add wax in small pieces.  Heat over medium heat until the wax is completely melted.

3. If you are adding colour, add at this stage by dropping in bits of crayon or wax dye until you are happy with the look keeping in mind it will be lighter and more opaque when dry.  But if you prefer a more natural looking candle (we do!) then the 25% beeswax will add a beautiful warm honey colour to the candles with no artificial color needed.

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4. When the wax reaches 140°F* it’s time to add the fragrance. The 25% beeswax won’t go a long way in provided much fragrance (you’d need a lot more beeswax to get that gorgeous honey aroma) so if you want your candles scented add fragrance to the wax using natural scents. Now that’s a tricky one.  Most candle stores sell artificial fragrance and many people are sensitive to these smells.  Personally, we only use natural essential oils as fragrance in our soap and other products, but there has to be some additives to the oils to make them burn properly.  A good candle supply store will stock essential oils for candles with little additives as necessary.  The fragrances are cheaper and have a much wider range, but as tempting as they may be, many people have serious concerns with the toxicity of them. It’s worth it to spend a little more and bypass the “strawberry cheesecake” fragrance.

 

5. Now cool wax to 110°F* and carefully pour into containers.  Secure the wicks with a chopstick or clothes pin to keep it centered.  Careful not to disturb them too much while you set in a warm place to cool.  Cooling slowly and completely will create the best looking candles.

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6. If you get depressed area around the wick when cooled, warm up some more wax and pour it into the void.

7. Allow your candle to cure for 48 hours undisturbed before burning.  Then, when you fire it up, let the candle burn so that there is a full, wide pool of wax before you blow it out.  It is said that candles have a memory, so it’s best to let the first burn set the tone for all the rest.

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Now, how will you decorate your jar candles for the holiday table or gifts?  Stay tuned for some ideas on that in a future post.

*Please note: the directions are appropriate for using EcoSoy CB-Xcel, please adjust temperatures for your wax.

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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Kerryanne
    KerryanneNovember 21,11

    Great gift idea.
    I’d love it if you could share this at my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/11/yay.html

  2. Stevie
    StevieNovember 21,11

    will do, Kerryanne!

  3. Amy @ Flex Belt
    Amy @ Flex BeltNovember 21,11

    What a great way to make candles for the holiday. Great job and great directions.

  4. Stevie
    StevieNovember 22,11

    Thanks, Amy!

  5. Jamie
    JamieNovember 23,11

    What a great idea. This looks so simple.I love your blog. I’m your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

    P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

  6. Stevie
    StevieNovember 23,11

    Sure thing, Jamie. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Marty@A Stroll thru Life
    Marty@A Stroll thru LifeNovember 23,11

    Super idea. Thanks for joining TTT and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  8. Carolyn
    CarolynNovember 27,11

    Thank you for the tutorial-I would love to make my own soy candles.

    Carolyn

  9. Natasha
    NatashaNovember 27,11

    would love it if you could share this on my link party – Serenity Saturday – over at http://www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xxx

  10. sherry
    sherryNovember 28,11

    Very good tutorial for making candles. I would love to give this a try, not sure if we have supplies in the Bahamas. Thanks for sharing. I’m a new follower, please come for a visit when you have a chance.

  11. susan
    susanAugust 14,13

    I have a good supply of essential oils, so is there something I can add on its own to help them burn? I’d rather not go buy additional oils with additives.

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