Day 6: Thrifted Glassware Candles

I don’t know why, but I’ve never tried making my own candles. I guess I’ve always thought, “Why make, when you can buy?” BUT, most candles don’t come in cool containers that would look cute to have around your house (unless you’re paying $30 a candle). SO, that’s why I’m making mine this year. They also make great gifts (especially a hostess gift) for this holiday season. Here’s how I made it:

Supplies needed:

– Soy wax (I like microwaveable wax)

– Candle wick (found here)

– Essential oil (I chose apple cinnamon)

– 2 vintage glasses

How to:

– Clean up your vintage glassware (you can find some glassware at any thrift store, for pretty cheap).

Optional: preheat your vintage glassware in the oven. I set the oven to as low as it would go. I just wanted the glassware a little warm (hopefully this will help the wax to adhere better).

– Follow the directions, of your soy wax package, to melt the amount of wax you will need. My wax was easily melted in the microwave after about 5 minutes, in a microwave safe container. Once the wax was clear, combine about an ounce of oil into the melted wax.

– Take your glassware out of the oven, place your wicks into the glassware, and pour the hot wax in. Adjust the wick so it’s centered in the container.

– The wicks are heavy, and do tend to drift away from the center. To solve this problem, I used some scotch tape to make a criss-cross support around the wick. This held it up.

– Allow your candle(s) to cool, overnight if necessary.

– You’re done! You can add a little gift tag to give these candles as a gift…. or, keep them for yourself.


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  • Phoebe on said:

    Great post! My daughter is redoing her room in shabby chic style and is in love with vintage teacups. I was just thinking I should make those into a couple of candles for her space. Thanks for the great tip on heating the cups!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Cute! Share photos when you're done! Love teacup candles. 🙂

  • Melissa on said:

    This is a really cute idea! I love the vintage glasses you found!
    Where did you get your essential oil from? What brand was it?

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I don't remember the brand, but I found mine at Michael's. 🙂

  • Emily S. on said:

    Hehe, I made my own first candles this weekend too! Great minds must think alike. They look great!

  • mel on said:

    Candle making is always so fun… (well.. when I made it with the teens at a youth art studio I used to run)! Smells great too!
    Love the vintage holders!
    needle and nest

  • Jess on said:

    I love this idea!! Do you think it’s safe to do with my 3 year old niece?

    • admin on said:

      When she’s not around. My kid still tries to grab our candles. 😉

  • OT and ET on said:

    Awesome!!! I'm still scared to diy candles but less so now 🙂

  • Crystalyn on said:

    This is a great idea. Much cuter than candles you can get in the store. Last year I made my own solid perfume in cute thrifted containers, with a similar process. I hadn't thought to do candles that way.

  • Jennifer Cook on said:

    Such an awesome idea. Yours turned out great! xo

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