Homemade Candle Gift Idea

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Homemade candles using jars and wax cubes. Super simple DIY craft to make and you can choose your own scent. Would make a nice Mother’s Day gift.

I used to have Scentsy warmers going all the time, but then my kids started sticking their hands in there and making a mess, so I stopped using them. I had a ton of the wax cubes leftover, so I thought I would try melting them in putting them in fun jars and bowls. It worked great and it was the perfect way to recycle them.

For my first candle, I mixed all the pinks, oranges and red together. Then for the second candle I used leftover BHG wax cubes I had bought from Walmart. If you’re buying melts to do this project I would look there. I believe they are only $2 a package. I also found the Pioneer Woman turquoise/purple dishes there. :)

Homemade candles using cute jars and wax cubes. Super simple DIY craft to make and you can choose your own scent. Would make a nice Mother's Day gift.

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I only ended up spending $3 (for the wicks) on this project, since I already had everything else at home.

Here is my daughter helping me in my studio. She is the best little assistant. I don’t know what I’m going to do next year when she’s in Kindergarten! She is so ready, though.

Homemade candles using cute jars and wax cubes. Super simple DIY craft to make and you can choose your own scent. Would make a nice Mother's Day gift.

Supplies needed:

  • Wax cubes (I used 2 packs per jar)
  • Decorative bowl or jar
  • 2 large popsicle sticks
  • Candle wick (4-6″ depending on the size of your jar)

Instructions:

Break the candle melts into small pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Then melt the candle melts in a microwave for 3-5 minutes, or until melted. Remove the bowl using hot pads and then stir. Next, pour the liquid into the jar.

Place the wicks into the jar and push down to the bottom. Place the wick between two popsicle sticks and let it set. Once it has set, you can trim down the wick with scissors if you need to. Then light it up and enjoy your new candle. That’s it. Super simple.

Homemade candles using cute jars and wax cubes. Super simple DIY craft to make and you can choose your own scent. Would make a nice Mother's Day gift.

You could use all sorts of different scents, jars, mugs or glass bowls. The possibilities are endless!

Here’s a video tutorial.
Homemade candles using cute jars and wax cubes. Super simple DIY craft to make and you can choose your own scent. Would make a nice Mother's Day gift.

Making your own candles has never been so easy. Have fun! If you end up making these, share your pictures on instagram and tag us #iheartnaptime so we can see :)

Homemade candles using cute jars and wax cubes. Super simple DIY craft to make and you can choose your own scent. Would make a nice Mother's Day gift.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Paige Flamm posted on April 4, 2016 at 11:03 am (#
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    These candles are so cute! I love them!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  2. Michelle Evans posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm (#
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    Are all decorative jars or teacupss able to withstand the heat from the lit candle without cracking or breaking?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 5, 2016 at 10:03 pm (#
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      If they are glass and do not have any cracks or chips, they should be okay to be turned into a single-wick candle. :)

  3. Rebecca Hill posted on April 14, 2016 at 1:58 am (#
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    Where did you get the box of matches??? They are super cute and would be perfect to with for a gift.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 14, 2016 at 10:03 am (#
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      Anthropology :)

  4. Michelle I posted on May 6, 2016 at 9:53 am (#
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    Jamielyn, I just have to share that yesterday I asked my 10 YO Daughter what she would like to make for her teachers for a little end-of-the-year gift (while we contribute to the class gift we always like to make a little something too!). She said, “I don’t know, lets check Iheartnaptime, they always have great ideas”!!! So young but so smart! Thanks for all your really doable, fun and great gift ideas (and recipes too of course) we love them!
    I think these candles are the winner for us this year!!