Candle-making is a relaxing hobby. Watching melted wax turn into something beautiful is fulfilling, and the results make lovely gifts for others or home décor for yourself. After making candles for a while, it can be hard to think of new ideas. Follow along as we list a few creative and colorful ideas for DIY candles.
How To Make a Candle
These step-by-step instructions can get you started if you’re new to candle making. Here’s a list of the materials you need:
- Wax melts
- Molds or jars
Fragrances can be anything you like, such as essential oils or dried herbs. Mica powder works well for coloring. Get creative with different types of jars for your candle containers.
Once you have your materials ready to go, follow these steps for a DIY candle:
- Place the wick in the bottom of the jar with extra wick hanging out.
- Heat the wax over low heat until it melts.
- Remove it from the heat and stir in the coloring. You only need a pinch of mica powder for every cup of melted wax.
- Hold the end of the wick so it stays in place and pour the hot wax into the jar or candle mold.
- Once the wax is cool, trim the wick.
Light your candle and enjoy!
Thinking Outside of the Box
Make a few basic candles until you are confident in your skills. Once you have a few under your belt, you may like to move on to some unique ideas. The following are some creative and colorful ideas for DIY candles.
The right candle container turns a plain candle into a work of art. Here are a few ideas for fun candle molds and jars:
- Mason jars in different sizes
- Repurposed candle jars
- Teacups and saucers
- Champagne flutes
- Stemless wine glasses
- Empty soup cans
Make sure whichever container you choose is heat-safe.
The Birthday Cake Candle
There’s a little secret to getting fun things like sprinkles into a candle. Paint the inside of a glass jar with corn syrup, then cover it all with your sprinkles. Add a few drops of vanilla oil to the melted wax before pouring.
The French Vanilla Candle
Using the vanilla oil again, add a few drops to the melted wax and stir in real vanilla beans before pouring. The vanilla beans will float to the top. You could also add coffee beans.
The citronella candle is creative and practical. Use any container you like and add citronella oil to the melted wax. It’s all-natural and keeps the mosquitos at bay.
The Berry-Scented Candle
Any berry-scented oil works well for the berry candle. Add a pinch of red mica powder to the melted wax before pouring it for a berry color. Add more or less powder, depending on how red you want the candle.
The possibilities for DIY candles are endless, especially the colors. Eye Candy Pigments is your one-stop shop for mica powders for your candles. Check out our vast array of shades, and feel free to contact us with any questions.