Thursday, December 30, 2010

How to make candles in a jar the Mad About Pink way - TUTORIAL

Dear all,

after the great success of my Ring in a Jar, I've decided to share my tutorial with all of you.

“Candle in a Jar” in 5 easy steps
1-Melt the Wax in bain-marie
Place on low temperature a pot with water and inside it a coffee can or another pot (that you won’t use anymore for cooking).  While your water is warming up, you can start placing the wax in the coffee can. If you prefer, you may use old candles or a combination of paraffin from old candles or leftovers.  Mixing old candles leftovers can give you cool effects and it’s good for recycling. Just match the colors before!
·         Cut up the wax into small chunks, and place it in the can. If you're using old candles, choose colors that will mix well. You'll also want to remove any charred wick ends. 
·         Stir with an old spoon or Popsicle stick. If there are any old candles in the mix, take a fork and pull out any old wicks that have been freed from the old candles. 

2-Color the wax (Optional)
Crayons are the best way to color candles. Combining a white crayon in with a colored one makes a softer color. Color schemes possibilities are endless!
·         Break crayons into small pieces. 
·         When  the wax is nearly melted, drop the crayons into the coffee can. 
·         Stir to mix color thoroughly. 

3-Make your own wicks 
·         Cut thick cotton string about 7/8 cm longer than your mold will require. 
·         When your wax is melted, dip cotton string in wax. 
·         Hang your wicks from a clothesline or place them on waxed paper, being sure to lay them out in a straight line so you'll have nice straight wicks .
·         Scent your wicks: If you are making your own wicks, you have the option of scenting the wicks rather than the candles. Before dipping wicks in wax, soak the wicks in a fragrance or perfume 

4-Pour the wax
Remove the can from the boiling water. You'll want to use a pot holder or a cloth to prevent you from burning your fingers. Let the wax cool for a minute or two before being poured into the jar. 
·         Tilt the jar slightly, towards the can. This will improve the chances of spill-free transfer. 
·         Pour wax slowly into the jar

5-Insert the wick
You'll need a pencil to lay across the mouth of the jar in order to hold the wick in place while the wax hardens.
·         Measure the wick. Take the wicks and lay them along the length of the jar. Add an extra 2cm  of string section of wick, to lit the candle later on plus an extra 4/5 cm to wrap around the pencil. 
·         Insert the wick into the center of the jar. Notice the amount of wick that remains outside the jar.
·         Wrap the end of the wick around the pencil. This holds the wick in the center of the wax while it cools. 

Let it rest for a day and then enjoy!
Use this technique with any glass jars or tin cans, label then the way you like the most and give them as a gift.
If you are having any trouble with this tutorial please email me and I'll help you!
This is only for personal use, please ask before sharing, I never say no, but it's nice to know. Thank you!


  1. This is a great tutorial. I have some candles I need to recycle and this will be great. I loved the info on scenting your own wicks. Thanks!

  2. Another awesome tutorial of something I think I can accomplish, although I still have not gotten around to the Fall Pillow from before, I still need some fabric to get that going.

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