Scented candles are a marvelous way to brighten your home and fill it with a pleasing aroma. The only problem is that sometimes they can get pretty expensive. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own, but were not sure about how, let this series of DIY guides show you how easy and economical it can be.
Using soy wax flakes and hollowed out gourds, you can create lovely autumnal candles. The steps are fairly easy, and you can customize their scent using the essential oil of your choice. If you want them purely as decoration, you can opt to leave out a scent.
Inspired by seriously overpriced candles in a store, this crafty momma came up with a much less costly alternative. Using citronella and other essential oils, along with soy wax, she came up with a beautiful look alike for a fraction of the cost.
Making candles at home is not as complicated a process as some may think. This blog by a bride to be gives a great example of how anyone without prior experience can make up even large batches of candles. You can try it for you own special event, or as Christmas presents for large groups.
In this variation of the soy wax candle, one crafter takes it nice and slow with a very basic and easy to follow set of instructions. You can dress them up in a similar fashion or let your imagination run wild.
Vintage containers often make a great setting for homemade candles and in this tutorial, old jello molds are turned into classy beeswax candles. The crafter points out that adding the extra oil into the melted wax helps keep it together once it dries.
In this nifty little DIY tutorial, you are shown how to use a blend of crayons and soy wax can create beautifully colored candles. You can follow the example for a layered look, or get creative with your own combination.
With this tutorial, one creative crafter shows you how to make an ocean themed set of candles. Using driftwood as a stand, and a blue crayon for coloring you wax mixture, this is a relatively simple and quick project. You can also opt to add in whatever scent you like using an essential oil, or candle fragrance oil.
In this fall themed tutorial, spices are used to help create the aroma of baked goods that are common to the colder months. Following along, you find hints and tips for placing the wick, as well as where to source your wax from.
Using raw, or cleaned beeswax, you can follow along this simple tutorial for making basic tea light candles. If you want to use unprocessed wax, it would be best to follow the link to the guide they used for preparing it.
While the wax portion of this DIY guide is not really unique, the use of antique teacups makes it a worthwhile read. If you are looking for inspiration on how to make up some decorative and useful new candles, check out the suggestions here.
Making these candles requires the use of a digital scale for precise measuring, but the end result is a very functional candle that not only adds a nice aroma to your home, the warm wax can be soothed into your skin for a gentle massage that also leaves behind a pleasant scent.
Did you know that you can use some oils a fuel? In this simple little guide, one crafty lady shows you how to quickly whip up a non wax candle using materials you may already have on hand. Just mind the warning about the lid.
There are a lot of things that make suitable containers for new candles, including something as simple and delicate as an egg shell. In this tutorial, one inventive lady gives you the instructions on how to marble your eggs, as well as turn them into pretty little candles that are perfect for Easter.
After a lot of experimenting and practice, this challenge loving blogger gives you her guide to making great smelling soy candles. Once you get the hang of it, especially with following her tips, they are also fairly quick to make up.
If you are looking for a candle setup that only takes a couple hours, then this is the guide for you. Using similar jars to the ones in the example and following the instructions they give, you can quickly make up a batch of nicely scented candles in no time.
These non scented candles have a delicately sweet scent of their own given the nature of beeswax. Using very basic techniques, this blogger shows you how to make use of antique tins and jaws, which turn them into functional decoration.
The curiously strong mint, Altoids, come in little tin cans that make a great base for these double wick candles. Though take a bit of note from the blogger, be prepared for potential messes (or know how to avoid them) and use dedicated candle equipment.
This ingenious little tutorial shows you how to get a pretty gleam on the base of your candles without having to cast them in actual gold. Making use of some metallic Krylon paint and tape, you can keep with a simple band, or get adventurous and make up silhouette designs.
These lovely and homemade copper cap candles are simple and easy to make in large batches. You can find the cap at just about any home improvement store, and the candle making supplies at just about any major craft store, or both can be found online.
Using just two components, you can make a lovely little candle in less than a few minutes. This technique relies on olive oil and a citrus rind, and is really ingenious. Some notes to make though, is that is can get pretty hot while lit, and as with any oil candle, you need to be careful of spills.
Using a mix of different waxes, this useful little guide shows you how to make a candle that has the iconic scent of Fall and Winter; pumpkin spice. You can use a variety of containers to store it in, including the good old mason jar, or ceramic cup.
Seashells make for lovely little candles, and this nifty DIY guide explains how you can keep reusing them after they burn out. The instructions call for wax pellets, and while they used white, you could just as easily use any color you want.
You will find a lot of guides that follow the same basic pattern for homemade candles, which usually involves filling a container with wax. In this setup however, you are given a printable guide that you can use to cast very interestingly shaped candles.
Rosemary and lavender are combine in herb and oil form to give these lovely candles a beautiful look and scent. You can use a completely clear container, or go with one that only exposes the top, depending on how you want the finished product to look.
These lovely little candles are a perfect addition to your Valentines Day décor, or as special gifts for any heartfelt occasion. Using the same dye, just in different amounts, you can easily create a large quantity of candles in a relatively short amount of time.
Candles make a great wedding favor, and in this take on that notion, one bride found a way to make pretty little glittery candles. She also includes a link for the printable logos she used on her cute and sparkly candles, which you can use, or come up with your own.
Funfetti is a term often applied to confetti themed confections that are sprinkled throughout with dashes of colored sprinkles. In this fairly simple guide, one crafter with a passion for sweets shows you how to make up a candle that matches her sweet treats.
While they are titled as emergency candle, the blogger points out that they don’t have to be reserved for only those types of situations. They are however, really great for that purpose, especially when you bundle a little book of matches with them.
If you don’t feel like going through the hassle of melting down a batch of candle wax and making your own new candles, this tutorial is rather handy. It shows you how to add essential oils to votive (or tea light) candles for a boost of fragrance in your home.
As this curious blogger found out, making candles is not as hard as you may think, and while the upfront costs may seem a bit higher, once you have a set of supplies, the number of candles you can make helps even it out to being fairly cheap and easy.
Inspired by a lovely container, this crafty blogger decided to make up a DIY guide based on her experience with candle making. The containers are a great example and inspiration for one of the many ways you can make your own candles.
There is something about the rich amber tone of beeswax that begs to be paired with the silvery color of baking tins. In this tutorial, another crafter finds that the containers don’t have to be antique to make a cute pair with beeswax.
Candle make is a lovely mix of art and science, and this crafter has her process narrowed down to a simple set of procedures. She even includes some lovely printable labels if you decide to follow the guide to the letter and use the same scents.
In following with the trend of not using wax as the base for these candles, one crafty lady with a love of lemons came up with a nifty way to make candles fairly quickly. Using lard and a crayon for coloring, she was able to make a lemony jar candle with very little to cleanup afterward.
Crisco, or any brand of lard, is called on again in this tutorial, though this crafter has a rather interesting approach to how she keeps the wick in line. She also uses and old glass jelly jar, so the end cost is pretty low compared to other candle designs.
Making ice candles is by far, not a new thing, however not everyone may recall them. In this up to date tutorial, you are shown how to use ice inside the mold to create truly unique and one of a kind candles for your home.
Made as part of the decorations for Imbolc- a Gaelic (Irish) festival, also known as St. Brigid’s Day, these sunny little candles are bright and inviting. Using an orange rind and beeswax, they have a delicate and sweet smell that is as cheery as their appearance.
Hand dipping beeswax candles is not for those in a hurry, but it can be a great way to spend a cool Autumn, or Winter’s day. The blogger gives plenty of tips, and even links to different instructional briefs that she read before starting her own.
Using a mix of soy and beeswax, this crafter not only shows you how to make a basic jar candle, she also shows you how to use sheets of beeswax to create a beautiful little flourish over the top of them. You can use the colors in the guide, or any that are available where you shop.
Some crafters use eggshells as the container for their candles, but in this tutorial, one momma shows you how to get the whole family involved in making egg-shaped beeswax candles using the shell as your mold. These make for a great Easter or Spring activity, that can be done outdoors to help reduce the mess.