Last month I shared some of my fun finds from our local Goodwill Store. One of those items was a cool glass lantern container. I knew right away it would make a fun candle. I had tried candle making over the holidays so I knew how easy it would be. There are so many fun items you can find at the thrift store that would make great container candles. I’m always looking for unique glass jars, fun coffee mugs, or pretty teacups.
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Turn Your Thrift Store Find into a DIY Candle
Making your own candles is super easy! Last time I purchased a candle making kit to get started. It included palm wax which has done really well. The candles burn so evenly and the residue once it finishes is so easy to remove. This time I wanted to try soy wax since I’ve heard great things about that as well. I was able to find soy wax at Michael’s but now I realize you can get a better value on Amazon.
Do you have a container you would like to turn into a candle? To get started you will need the following supplies:
- Candle Making Pouring Pot
- Soy Wax
- Candle Wicks
- Candle Fragrance Oil (I used Sweet Pea)
When you are ready to begin, you will need to boil a large pot of water. While bringing the water to a boil, pour the wax into the pouring pot. Once the water is boiling, place the wax filled pouring pitcher into the large pan of boiling water. This will create a double boiler for you to heat your wax. Never use a pouring pitcher on direct heat! This can cause the wax to overheat and possibly ignite.
While the wax was beginning to heat up, I prepared my jar with a wick. I used a hot glue gun to put it into place. Then I used some craft sticks and a clothespin for support to keep them from leaning. I used an old baking pan to help protect my work space. I did not want to have a mishap and need to clean candle wax off my countertops.
As the wax begins to melt, you can monitor the temperature with a candle thermometer. Once the wax is melted, add in a 1/2 ounce of liquid candle scent for every one pound of wax. Heat for a minute longer and then pour into the container. This is where the clothespin is really helpful since the wick starts to get soft with the hot wax.
My container was bigger than I realized. I only used one pound of wax but this container could have held more. The fragrance turned out very nice and perfect for spring. I added the candle to some fun items I found at Dollar Tree to make a cute spring gift basket. I even found the wire basket there.
The spring scented candle goes perfectly with these kitchen items. We have some new neighbors moving in across the street. I’m thinking this would make a fun housewarming gift for them.
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This is such a great gift idea! Love it!
I love this gift idea. I’d have never thought of making my own candle, but I’ll be on the lookout now for some cool containers to give it a try. Great repurpose!
This is so pretty. I bet the glow is so lovely.
I love that you made a candle out of your jar for your project and I took a candle out of a jar for mine! haha 🙂
This candle is perfect for a gift. I love the container that you used!
Angela @ Simply Beautiful By Angela says
That is so cool! I would love to be your new neighbor receiving this! 🙂
That is so pretty! What a beautiful spring basket. The dollar tree has such pretty stuff! The candle looks beautiful in that container.
I tried to comment earlier but I don’t know if it worked… anyway love you can make your own candles, I have a stash of jars and I think it’s time to try it! Thanks for the how to
What a cute idea!! I have always wanted to try candle making – and I have sooo many thrift store jars that I could use for it!! Thanks for sharing 🙂