I LOVE mason jars; I use them for everything from serving drinks to storing ingredients. The problem is, my collection has reached hipster-hoarder status. This year I really want to do a rustic Thanksgiving set-up, so I thought I’d thin out the collection of jars in my cabinets by repurposing them into candles for the table. I used a couple of jars I received at a recent Veev event. I plan on serving a lot of their VitaFrute cocktails for the holidays, so I figured it would be the perfect tie-in.
The process was so easy that I’m thinking about making a dozen more for Christmas gifts! Here’s how you do it-
- 1 lb bag of wax flakes or block of wax.
- wax colorant; beads, bars or in liquid form
- candle pouring pot
- wicks and wick adhesive
- wick holder sticks (or pens!)
- a wooden spoon
- scent oil of your choice (optional)
- pint sized mason jar
I bought a wax kit from Michael’s. It’s not cost effective to buy wax like this every time- but it was a great way to get all of the essentials. The kit included: the pot, a thermometer, ivory wax dye, vanilla scent and a block of wax.
The wax kit didn’t come with long enough wicks or wax adhesive, so I bought those separately.
Chop the wax block into smaller pieces using a large knife and melt in pot over low heat. Use a wooden spoon or disposable paint stirrer to stir. Your wax should only get warm enough to melt, never to a boil.
All the wax will be melted and you can add your dye and fragrance at somewhere between 150-175 degrees. Once you’ve added those ingredients, remove wax from heat.
While the wax is cooling use the wax adhesive and end of your wooden spoon to secure the wick to the bottom of the mason jar.
Use skewers or anything you have handy (I used pens) to keep the wick in the center of the jar.
You’ll know the wax is cool enough to pour when it reaches the consistency of a slushie (about 20-30 minutes). Pour slowly.
Trim the wicks once your candles are completely dry (plan on a couple of hours). Enjoy!