How To Make Container Candles

February 15, 2016
How To Make Container Candles

I’m constantly burning candles in my house. The ones in containers are my favorite because you don’t have to worry about wax melting all over the place. I’ve been wanting to DIY my own container candles for months now, so during a recent snowstorm I decided to give it a try. These candles were fun to make and easier than I thought! Just make sure you follow all the directions below and pay careful attention to the temperature of the wax.
Double Broiler
Glass jars (you can clean the wax out of your old candle jars using this technique)
Fragrance oil
Paraffin wax
Wood wicks
Glue gun

How To Make Container Candles

You will need a double broiler to melt the wax. I used an old small saucepan inside a larger one filled with about 1 1/2 of water. Put the burner on medium-high heat. The wax will take approximately 7-10 minutes to melt (Please note- once you use a pot for melting wax, you should no longer use it for food)

 While your wax is melting, proceed through the next few steps
How To Make Container Candles

You’ll need to preheat your glass containers to prevent bubbles and help the wax stick to the container. Put them in the oven on 150 degrees for approximately 5 minutes

How To Make Container Candles

Take the wood wick and push it down on the metal holder that is included in the package.

How To Make Container Candles
Using a glue gun, add a dab of glue to the bottom of the metal wick holder.
How To Make Container Candles
 While the glue is still wet, push the wick down in the center of the containers.
How To Make Container Candles

Once your wax has completely melted, you can add the fragrance oil. The general rule is 1 oz for fragrance per 1 lb. of wax. Don’t overload on fragrance because the wax can only hold so much. If you use too much fragrance you’ll be left with a puddle at the bottom of the container after the wax dries.

How To Make Container Candles

Once the temperature of the wax measures 170-175 degrees you can take it off the heat and slowly pour it into the containers.

How To Make Container Candles
Let the wax cool for 6 hours minimum. I like to let mine cool overnight.
How To Make Container Candles
After the wax has dried, trim the wicks (using nail clippers) down to 1/4 inch.

Safety tips (as with all candles) :

  • Never leave candles unattended
  • Burn container candles only on a heat resistant surface. Containers can break.
  • Burn the candle for no more than 4 hours at a time.
  • Protect from drafts.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to ¼”
  • Keep away from children and pets.
  • Do no move the candle while it is burning or while there is molten wax in it.
  • Keep away from flammable objects.
How To Make Container Candles
How To Make Container Candles
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