This past weekend my sister and her fiancé were visiting from Florida, and in honour of their recent engagement, we got some friends and family together for a Celebration of Love. It was such an amazing day filled with wonderful people and conversations, delicious food, lots of laughter, and love. As a token of appreciation for making the day as incredible as it was, I made a small party favour for everyone to take home with them. Rather than stuffing a bag with some chocolate and a photo of the happy couple-to-be, I wanted to make it a bit more personal; every guest got a homemade candle and a personalized matchbox that said “The Perfect Match”. I made the stamp at a local shop called Printy where you just send them your design, size requirements, and then you have your own stamp the very next day!

Instructions and photos for how to make your own DIY soy candle are below. This easy DIY makes a perfect gift for any occasion, and you can play around with different containers and scents to make it your own.

Here’s what you need (everything is purchased from Michaels unless otherwise noted):

  • container (I used short clear glasses from Ikea to keep it simple) Ikea.com
  • soy wax flakes
  • candle pitcher
  • essential oil (I chose coconut lime because the wedding is going to be in Hawaii)
  • wicks with clips
  • cardstock
  • hole puncher
  • hot glue gun
  • candy thermometer

Here’s what you do:

STEP 1:  Put a small dab of hot glue on the bottom of the wick clip and stick it to the bottom of the container. Hole punch a piece of cardstock and use it to center the wick and hold it in place for when you pour the wax.

STEP 2: Measure out the soy wax flakes and pour into the candle pitcher. This varies depending on the size of container you use and how many candles you are making. To determine what you need, fill your desired container up twice with the flakes and that will equal enough wax for one candle.

STEP 3: Slowly melt wax on stove top over medium heat until it reaches 180 F then remove from heat and let cool to 140 F. This cooling step is VERY important! If you don’t let the wax cool the wicks will warp when you go to pour it into the container, and most of the essential oil will evaporate if you mix it into an incredibly hot liquid.

STEP 4: Stir the essential oil into the wax. How much you use is kind of up to you and your strength of scent preference. I read that you should use 1oz of oil for 1 pound of wax, but I only had 1oz total for about 2 pounds of wax and the candles still smelled delicious. I don’t like a super strong fragrance though, and when I burnt the candle the other night, the scent was very light. I would probably add a little more oil next time.

STEP 5: Pour wax into containers and let harden completely before removing cardstock and trimming excess wick.

That’s it! super easy right!? Since the containers I chose don’t have lids, I cut out some cardstock and made labels so people knew what scent they were. Let me know if you try this out and make your own DIY soy candle!

Until next time,

Courtney