Running behind on your holiday shopping? We poured some lovely scented soy candles that make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. Obviously we’re big fans of quality candles here at coco kelley, and this DIY version is no exception. These beauties look and smell divine, but by doing them yourself, you won’t have to splurge on those fancy candles (and expedited shipping!) Here’s how to get started!
- Soy wax flakes
- Essential oils or perfume fragrance (I used patchouli, sandalwood, rose extract, and lavender)
- Glass measuring cup
- Medium sized saucepan, for heating wax
- Glass tumblers
- Wood wicks, with metal bases
- Wooden spoon
- Label paper
- Label templates (download them here: violet | rose | cozy)
Step 1 // Prep your glasses. Clean your tumblers and add a wood wick to the center of each glass. The wooden reed should easily snap into the metal base and is self supporting. Unlike wax or soy wick candles, you don’t have to worry about the wick during the pouring process!
Step 2 // Melt the wax and add fragrance. In a medium size saucepan, heat the wax flakes until they are completely smooth and the liquid looks golden. Add around 10-12 drops of your desired fragrance and stir completely. I mixed patchouli and sandalwood for the cozy and complex scent, rose extract alone for the rose candle, and lavender essential oil for the lavender fragrance. This should all be added to your preference… feel free to use more or less to achieve the desired scent.
Once the liquid and fragrance are completely combined, pour the melted wax into a large glass measuring cup. This will make transferring the liquid to the tumblers much easier! Carefully fill each glass with the scented soy wax.
Step 3 // Allow the candles to cool completely. It’s important to leave the candles alone as they solidify! Resist the urge to move them, shake them, or touch them until they’re completely solid. Otherwise, you will end up with lumpy looking candles. This is what they look like midway into the cooling process… you’ll notice the golden liquid beginning to turn white from the bottom up.
Step 4 // Trim the wicks. Once your candles are fully set up (approximately 4-6 hours), you can trim the wood wicks with standard scissors. I’d recommend cutting it just below the top of the glass on a slight angle.
Candles are always a safe gift, and by pouring them yourself, you can get a high-quality, custom fragrance without the steep cost! Has anyone poured their own candles before? I’m partial to the wood wick because I’m an outdoor lover at heart. That crackling campfire sound gets me every time and really ups the cozy factor!