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Homemade Soy Candles (DIY Gift)

Have you ever made candles? Homemade Soy Candles make fabulous DIY gifts! They are super easy to make and in less than an hour you will have a bunch of awesome candles to share!

These homemade candles are 100% natural soy wax.  I added a bit of essential oil for a light scent, but that part is optional.

I made these during Christmas time but you can add them to gift baskets, decorate your home for a party, they also make great small gifts for housewarming, neighbors and teachers. You really can't go wrong making a batch or two!  

Here all the details so you can get started on them right away. You can find supplies at your local Hobby Lobby or order them on Amazon.


Supplies
  • Natural Soy Wax
  • Natural Candle Wicks 
  • Small Mason Jars or jar of choice
  • Essential Oils (choose any scent desired) 
  • Tape
  • Hole punch
  • Glass measuring cup or bowl
Start by filling your large measuring cup or glass container with soy wax and heat it in the microwave on high…check it every 30 seconds and stir. 


Have your jars ready to fill and slowly pour the soy wax into the jars. You'll want to have them in a spot where they can sit and dry for a while without moving them. If you move them too soon you'll end up with soy wax up the edges of your jar where you don't want it.
Once your soy wax is completely melted you can mix in 10-15 drops of essential oil.  You can change the amount according to how strong you want the candles to smell.
To hold the wicks in place while the soy wax dries I created a little holder with what I had around the house…tape and a hole punch.
I just punched a hole in the tape.  Put the wick in the jar and slid the tape {the hole} over the wick and secured it to the sides.  It worked perfectly!

Here’s what that look like in a hour or less.  You can let them dry a few more hours or overnight before trimming the wick and closing them up with the lid. 

I decorated the jar with some strips of red burlap and white string to tie a tag  but there are a million ways to do this part. Just use up some of the craft supplies you have already. You can even  print out free fun handmade labels of your choice here: 
Free Printables


TIP:  You can add a small box of matches inside the jar before you close it up.  That way they don’t have to search for matches.  This is also good for emergency candles…it’s hard to find matches in the dark!
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I’ll help you. It’s so simple I know you’ll enjoy making them!

Sara 

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