If you read this blog, you know that I love DIY homemade nontoxic stuff. You also know that I am not really good at that. I’m pretty messy, I’m klutzy, and I almost never get anything right the first time. Because I have 3 kids – one with severe autism – in 3 different schools, I have about a million teacher/therapist/bus driver/aides to buy holiday gifts for! So I continue the quest because we need some good homemade budget-friendly, not-crappy, EASY gift ideas!
So, I’m super excited that I found something that even I can’t screw up! And everyone loves candles. Homemade candles are a bonus! They look elegant and impressive. In fact, if they look a little messy it’s even better, because they look so good no one realizes that you MADE them. Compared to the “good” scented candles, they are pretty inexpensive . And, these are completely nontoxic (Did you know that scented candles can be harmful?)! These are made only with soy and essential oils.
All you need is about a half hour to make these fabulous gifts. The materials that you don’t already have in your home are available at your local craft store or, of course, on Amazon. Warning: making them gets a little addictive. After you make a few, you’ll be scouring your home for empty containers that you can turn into candle holders.
DIY Soy Shot Glass Candles
- Candle holders (I used these holiday shot glasses)
- Candle wicks
- Soy wax
- Something to hold the wick up (I used mini clothespins)
- Essential oils (I used – separately, NOT mixed together – Peppermint, Joy, Christmas Spirit, and Cinnamon Bark)
- Double broiler (or bowl on top of a small pot, which is what I used)
- Silicon spatula (to stir the wax)
- Small stirring utensil (spoon, skewer, NOT a finger)
- Measuring cup (or any cup with a spout)
- Scissors (to cut the wicks if needed)
- Bring water to a boil on the stove. Then, reduce heat. Add the soy flakes (I used about 2 cups for 4 shot glass candles, but I measured very loosely). Stir occasionally while the soy melts.
- When the soy starts to melt, dip the wicks into the melted part and secure them into the center of the candle holders.
- Put your essential oils into the measuring cup (I used 40-50 drops for 4 shot glass candles, but you don’t need to use that much).
- When the soy wax is completely melted into liquid, pour it into the measuring cup. Vigorously stir the wax and oil together.
- Pour the liquid from the measuring cup into the candle holders. (TIP: I read on a lot of candle making sites that if you are using a glass candle holder, it is better if it is a little warm to prevent the glass cracking. You can warm it with a hairdryer if you want to do this. I did NOT do this. I got the hairdryer out just in case, but I didn’t need it. If you are using shot glasses, they are pretty small and unlikely to crack unless they are really cold or something. I had no problems and no cracking at all.)
- Before the wax begins to dry, secure the wicks in the center with the mini clothespins.
- Let dry, and then cut the wicks down if needed.
That’s It! For real. So get making some beautiful EASY candles for everyone you forgot to get a holiday gift for, end-of-the year teacher gifts, impressive thank you gifts, whatever! Happy candle making and Happy Holidays!