Does the thought of making handmade soy candles scare you? Don’t let it! It’s really easy and can be done fairly quickly (besides hardening time). With a few supplies and a bit of space, you can learn how to make DIY soy candles – microwave style!
Handmade candles add a bit of romance. Photo: Jonathan Borba.
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The Romance of Candles
Handmade candles in jars can be such a romantic addition to your home. Whether you use them as wedding favors, bridesmaids gifts, or to scent your house, they are a great way to add a bit of homeyness to your dwelling. It’s truly easy to make DIY soy candles in mason jars or any other safe container of your choosing.
DIY soy candles in mason jars can add warmth to a home. Photo: Hans Vivek.
How to Make Soy Candles
DIY Candle Supplies
Feel free to click on any of the items listed below to see what they look like and where you can easily purchase them.
- Soy wax candle flakes
- Wicks that extend over the top of your container
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Scent (either candle scent or essential oil)
- Container (jars or other heat-safe containers)
- Fork or skewer to stabilize wick (or stabilizing device)
- Strong cutters (for cutting candle wick)
- Heat safe container to microwave wax
DIY Soy Candle Instructions
- Estimate how much wax you will need for your container. The wax flakes melt down to about half size, so keep that in mind.
- Place wax flakes in a microwaveable dish with a pour spout, and microwave for one minute.
- Stir and repeat microwaving until the wax is clear.
- While the wax is melting, use your hot glue gun to attach wicks to the bottom of your container. Use one dot of hot glue on the wick holder, and center the wick in the container. Let harden.
- Add a half teaspoon of candle scent for each 8-ounce candle. It is ok to use more or less, but adding too much will cause the wax to be soft and potentially not harden as well.
- Pour the wax into each container, but do not overfill. Depending on the size of your container, leave about 3/4-1/2 inch of space between the top of the wax and the top of the container.
- Use a fork or skewer (or anything, really) to stabilize the wick so that it is centered in the container.
- Leave the homemade soy candles alone until they harden.
- Trim the wick, burn, and enjoy!
How to Make Homemade Soy Candles Video
If you are more of a visual person and want a step by step video on how to make DIY soy candles feel free to watch the video below. My DIY soy wax candle recipe is explained, and you can see how easy they are to make.
Have you tried a handmade candles DIY?
Have you tried a DIY soy candle recipe? I would love to hear how it went. If you have any tips or favorite scents, please feel free to tell me in the comments. I enjoy making candles, especially around the holidays to give as gifts. Happy crafting!