This past Christmas I was busy making homemade gifts for all our friends and relatives. On my dad’s side of the family, everyone knows how much I love creating. But this year, I wanted to do something extra special for each extension of the Prater family.
I did a lot of brainstorming… but I guess that’s normal for me! And while perusing through my craft supplies cabinet, I came up with the idea of making homemade DIY scented candles. I had so much wax lying around from years ago, I figured it was time to use it.
So, my little family and I made a quick trip to Goodwill. My main objective? Candle holders.
And boy did I luck out!
I think we found 15 different mugs I wanted to use as holders. Well, actually, I also found another 10 or so glass jars and vases I wanted to use too, but I knew I wouldn’t have room to store so much! Plus, I already have quite the collection of glass jars at home. (“But not like these beauties!!!” – My brain)
Anywho, 15 mugs, a few children’s books and a few dollars later I was out the door and on my way to crafting.
Nail Polish Mugs
Remember back in November when we painted those mugs and candles with nail polish??
They turned out so beautifully, I just had to try them again. So I set aside a few mugs to dip yet again. They turned out well, of course! Unfortunately I didn’t remember to actually TAKE A PHOTO OF THEM before I gave them away…
Don’t you just love decorating mugs with SHARPIE MARKER? Seriously, it’s one of my favorite crafts. And what’s even better about turning these mugs into DIY scented candles instead of using them for drinks, is that they’ll never mistakenly end up in the dishwasher and wash away the writing. #winning
I’m not sure why, but when deciding what to write on these babies, it just came to me. Ha! Silly, right?
You see, I follow this wonderful woman on Instagram – Debbie @handletteredtruth. She creates these amazing works of art, hand lettered by herself, and the majority consists of bible verses. They’re absolutely beautiful, and her style is so inspiring that it’s actually what motivated this project.
After planning out the verse I wanted to use and separating it into five parts – one for each extension of the Prater family (aunts and uncles and my parents) – I hand lettered them using an oil-based (paint pen) black sharpie marker. I did a few other designs on other mugs, too. But the bible verse ones are the ones I liked the most.
I really like how they turned out.
And before you start thinking “she did that on the first try??? I would have messed them up for sure!” I did mess it up. Quite a few times, actually.
But the GREAT thing about using sharpie on shiny mugs is that all you need to erase it is nail polish remover.
So get your oil-based sharpies and write all over those mugs to your little heart’s content because you can always erase and start over. 🙂
Once you’re happy when how they’re decorated, it’s time to let ’em bake. Even though they shouldn’t end up in the dishwasher as candles, you still want the sharpie marker to set. It’ll make the design more permanent so that you can’t wash it off with nail polish remover anymore.
According to her guide, the higher the temp the more color fades. Black, however, remained consistent.
So, I ended up baking my mugs at 300 degrees for 1 hour.
They didn’t turn out too bad! But I did not wash them in the dishwasher to see if they held up.
DIY Scented Candles
Now for the actual candle making part!
Materials you need:
Mugs, jars, or whatever candle holder you desire
Washers or screws
Saucepan or pot
Glass measuring cup (or anything glass with a handle)
Candle scent or essential oils
Pot holder or baking mitt
Chop up that wax. If you use the big blocks of wax like I did (instead of wax flakes) then you’ll need to chop it up into manageable pieces so that it melts better. And so it actually fits in your glass container.
Fill your saucepan up about halfway with tap water. Set it on the stove on medium to high heat so that it boils but doesn’t spill over. Wait for the wax to melt.
While the wax is melting, start prepping the candle holders.
Tie the end of your wick to a washer or screw to give it some weight. Now measure out your wick so that the washer or screw touches the bottom and the wick is still long enough that it’s taller than the container itself. You’ll need extra length to wrap over the chopstick in a second.
Lay your chopstick (or a skewer, anything you have that’s similar) across the top of your mug or candle holder, center the wick and wrap it around the chopstick. Tape it down so it doesn’t move when you pour the wax later.
You need to color your wax!
Choose whatever color crayons you want. This is what color your candle will be. Keep in mind that the more crayons you use, the deeper the color, but the more it’ll smell like crayon wax. (You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.)
Peel the crayons, and chop the wax into pieces.
When your paraffin wax is almost melted, toss in the crayons so all the wax melts down together. Use another chopstick or something to stir occasionally, so that it mixes well.
Once everything is melted down, use your baking mitt to lift the glass container out of the boiling water. If you notice in the picture, I left my measuring cup’s handle out of the saucepan so that this part would be easier.
Set the container on your counter.
Add the scent of your choice! The more drops you add, the stronger the smell. I love scented candles and wanted to overpower the crayon smell, so I added maybe 10 drops to each candle’s worth of wax.
Using your baking mitt again, pour the melted wax into each candle holder. Be super careful to pour it steady, so that you don’t splash any up the side or move the wick on accident.
Set candles aside and wait for them to solidify!
A few of the candles didn’t solidify as smoothly as others. I’m not sure exactly why. It could’ve been because I forgot to add the scent until after I poured the wax into the container (that happened a few times). But I wasn’t too worried about it!
The end result:
DIY Scented Scripture Candles
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Bible Verse Printable
As an added bonus, I also created this rad scripture printable to give to all my readers!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all ways acknowledge Him, He will make your path straight.”