Rosemary Mason Jar Candle Project

Rosemary Pressed Herb Candles

Pressed herb candles are a unique way to preserve the beauty of the garden. Rosemary looks great in these candles, but you can also use herbs like thyme or lavender that are readily available in the garden, grocery store, or garden center. This project uses a mix of beeswax and soy wax, Mason jars, pressed rosemary leaves, and essential oils. These easy-to-make candles can be used as beautiful handmade gifts or a special treat for just you! Rosemary Pressed Herb Mason Jar Candles DIY Project

This project was originally created by our contributor, Rachel Beyer, who got the inspiration from a local apothecary in Portland, Oregon. Rachel is an accomplished artist and nature lover, so it’s no surprise how beautiful her lavender candles turned out. You can see a few more photos of these lovelies on her blog, Adventures in Making.  Pressed Herb Candles from Adventures in Making

Project Update: If you have come over from Pinterest, you may see a few differences in the photos on this page. In the original photos, the rosemary looked beautiful in the jars but the stems were woody and therefore hard to press against the side of the jar. The rosemary burned when the candles were lit, so for safety’s sake, we remade the project with young rosemary stems that were pressed flat against the jar. The new project turned out great and we are in LOVE with the results. 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 it will stay against the glass jar and away from the flame.

How to make pressed herb candles

A Note on Safety: Even though we have tested and revised this project, your DIY candles should never be burned unattended, just like any candle. Please always use your common sense with any DIY project, especially when fire is involved. 

Rosemary Pressed Herb Candles

Here is how to make these pressed herb candles with rosemary and scented with essential oils. The mix of essential oils can be changed to suit whatever the occasion or season. The rich, earthy notes of evergreens make this a great Christmas gift, but try mint, lime, rosemary, and lavender for other seasons throughout the year.

(Makes 2 8oz candles)

Additional Tools

Make it!

Harvest young, thin-branched rosemary sprigs or other herbs from your garden and press them between heavy books or a wooden press for a week, until they are very flat and dry. See how to press leaves in a homemade wood flower press here.Pressed herbs

Cut the rosemary sprigs to length so they will sit at least 1″ below the rim of the jar.

When making candles, you can use anywhere from one-half ounce (300 drops) to a full ounce (600 drops) of essential oils per pound of wax, depending on how strong the scents are. Some essential oils can overpower a blend, so adjust accordingly. This recipe uses one-half ounce (300 drops) to create an evergreen scented blend because of the potency of the oils.

  • 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 against the side of the jar. Use a craft paintbrush to brush melted wax over the rosemary to hold it in place.

Rosemary Candles

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.Pressed herb candles

Wrap the outside of the jars in a dish towel and set aside to set. Cooling slowly and completely will create the best looking candles.

DIY mason jar candles

Allow your candle to cure for 48 hours undisturbed. Once cured, trim the wicks with scissors. Rosemary Herb Candles

Your rosemary pressed herb candles are now ready to burn or give away as gifts.

Gorgeous Mason Jar Candles with Pressed Garden Herbs and Evergreen Essential Oils

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

  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.

    • 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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