DIY: How to easily make soy candles with re-purposed jars!


I have been making my own candles for about a year now, and I love it.  I’ve always loved candles, and I noticed how pricey they were getting in the stores, so I thought I would try making them myself.  I also like really strong scents – I like for a candle scent to fill up the whole house, and it seems like most candles you buy in the stores barely even smell up a room.

I’ve tried all kinds of candles, and I really like soy candles best.  This is just a personal opinion, but I think soy candles are not only better quality, but also better for the environment.  They are all natural, they don’t give off the black soot like paraffin does, and they just burn cleaner.

After searching for what seemed like an eternity, I found a decent deal on the soy wax flakes.  I definitely wanted the flakes, and not the big bars of wax, as it’s so much easier to handle, and takes less time to melt.  You can buy wax flakes in stores like A.C. Moore and Michaels, but they are much more expensive that way.  I found a supplier online and purchased two 50lb boxes of wax.  Yes, that’s a lot of wax – but I make a lot of candles.  Not only for my home, but also for family, gifts, and I also sell them at craft shows.

You will need the following items to make candles:

  • Soy wax flakes (or any type of wax you prefer)
  • Candle fragrance
  • Candle dye (optional)
  • Wicks – I buy the tabbed wicks
  • Hot glue gun
  • A straw (optional)
  • Candle containers (I love recycling glass jars)
  • Thermometer
  • Pans to melt the wax
  • Double burner (you can use the stove but I don’t recommend it, it can be very dangerous to have wax near an open flame)

My video above shows you my step-by-step directions on how to make your own candles, but here’s a quick breakdown:

  1. Melt your wax.   I use about 1 to 2 lbs of wax in a melting pot. 
  2. Prepare your containers – glue your tabbed wicks to the bottom of your jars or containers.
  3. Let your wax get down to 185 degrees, and then add your fragrance and dyes.  Stir well and make sure the dye chips are dissolved.
  4. Pour your wax into containers.
  5. Make sure your wicks are standing up straight – I use a plastic knife or popsicle sticks to keep them in place on top of the jar.
  6. Place in a cool environment for several hours to form.
  7. Once the candles are completely cooled and hardened, cut your wicks down to about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch.
  8. Light and enjoy!

Note:   The better quality fragrance and wax you use, the better your scent throw will be.  I use only high quality fragrances (not sold in Michaels or AC Moore) and these candles smell up the whole house!

These are recycled jars I used for my candles.  They are 2lb sized jars that had artichoke hearts in them.  They are bigger than they appear and make awesome candles!