DIY Candle Kit

Few things soothe our senses like the calming glow and aroma of candles. Living with five males, two with tails, I keep candles handy in every room of our home, especially for those times I become overstimulated (every day) and need help channeling calm. If you happen to be a candle lover, and who isn’t, you’ll be thrilled to learn about the DIY candle kits I discovered. They’re an innovative, creative, sustainable, and affordable alternative to expensive and wasteful store bought candles. And I’m completely obsessed.

“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

—Chinese Proverb

I think we can all agree the only downside to being a candle aficionado is the litany of jars left behind. As a society of consumers, we often buy more and more without contemplating the mounds of waste we produce. As I tossed yet another empty jar the other day, it occured to me there has to be a better way. That’s when I stumbled upon these DIY candle kits.

Candle Kit in Bourbon Brown Sugar

These delightful DIY candle kits are offered in two sizes:  8 oz. and 16 oz. I chose to purchase two 16 oz. bags of wax in Bourbon Brown Sugar and Marshmallow Fireside. One bag created almost three candles – for under $20. It doesn’t get much better than that.

The soy wax and cotton wicks are slow-burning and last for hours and hours. I haven’t yet burned them all and I’m chomping at the bit to order more scents. I smell Teakwood Cardamom in my very near future.

And if you happened to toss all your used candle jars and don’t have any visually appealing containers to reuse, I love the idea of filling handmade pottery or a wooden dough bowl with candle wax. You can find some fun ideas via my Etsy profile. You might even find creative options at your local thrift shop. You’re only limit is your imagination.

How to Use DIY Candle Kits

Contrary to what you might be thinking, candle kits are a quick, simple, and mess-free process. I made three candles in less than ten minutes and it required no in-depth labor or messy clean-up. The hardest part of the DIY candle kit process was selecting a scent. For me, Bourbon Brown Sugar and Marshmallow Fireside were a sweet change of pace from my go-to favorite scent, Palo Santo.

For those who aren’t necessarily in touch with their crafty side, the candle-making process is super simple. All you need is the candle kit, microwave, empty container, a couple of pencils and two rubber bands. The first step is to cut open the bag of wax and pop it in the microwave. While the wax is melting, adhere the wicks to your container with the provided adhesive stickers. You can use two pencils or chopsticks connected by rubber bands to keep the wick upright, but I opted to thread the wick through a wooden craft stick with a hole drilled in the center. It’s a smidge of initial extra effort, but you can reuse the craft stick again and again. And trust me, you will be making these candles again and again. The final step is to pour the melted wax into the prepared container and allow it to solidify.

So, discover a scent that lights your fire. Find some interesting containers that warm your soul. Flex those creative muscles and let your imagination run wild. And while you enjoy the fruits of your labor, pat your sustainable self on the back for being less wasteful. 

Look at you go; you’re so damn lit.

Candle Kit Scents

Apple Maple Bourbon: apple, cinnamon, orange, bourbon, butter, maple and vanilla

Autumn Leaves: citrus, cinnamon, chrysanthemum, apples, berries, leaves, pecan and cedar

Blueberry Pumpkin Patch: blueberries, pumpkin and brown sugar

Bergamot Ginger: citrus, ginger, sandalwood, cedar and sweet basil

Birchwood: bergamot, orange, lemon, geranium, lily, rose and vetiver

Black Currant Absinthe: saffron, apple, black currant, blackberries, anise, patchouli and amber

Black Linen Amber: amber, musk and patchouli

Bourbon Brown Sugar: bourbon, oak, brown sugar and vanilla

Black Raspberry Vanilla: blackberries, raspberries and vanilla

Bamboo White Grapefruit: white grapefruit, petitgrain, mandarin, tangerine, bamboo and juniper berries

Beautiful Day: amber, apple and pear

Calla Lily: lemon peel, lily, hydrangea, cherry blossom and amyris

Cannabis Green Tea: green tea, jasmine, chamomile, vanilla, cinnamon and cedar

Champagne: pear, lime, orange and vanilla

Chardonnay: peach, strawberry, sweet violet, lily of the valley, melon, and rose blossom

Cranberry Joy: cranberries, clementine, pomegranate and sugar

Crimson Pear: bergamot, pear blossom, apple, jasmine, lily, rose, gardenia and vanilla

Crisp Fall Day: oak, citrus and golden amber

Cactus Sea Salt: cactus flower, bergamot, water lilies and jasmine

Coastline: citrus, sea salt, jasmine, violet and cedar

Cozy Sweater: berries, spearmint, pine and vanilla

Eggnog: vanilla, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and rum

Eucalyptus Spearmint: eucalyptus, spearmint, lemon, lavender and sage

Fig Leaf: fig, passion fruit, vanilla, jasmine, freesia and vanilla bean

Flannel: bergamot, mahogany and musk

French Lavender Honey: lavender, honey and sandalwood

Fresh Cut Roses: roses

Fraser Fir: pine, cedar, clove, citrus and berry

Frozen Margarita: lime, orange, grapefruit, lemon, guava and mint

Georgia Sunrise:  peach, raspberries and vanilla

 

Gingerbread: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla

Hazelnut Cafe: hazelnut, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel

Honeydew Melon: honeydew melon, strawberry, sugar and vanilla

Hot Maple Toddy: buttered rum, maple, vanilla and caramel

Jamaica Me Crazy: mandarin, lime, tangerine, kumquat, watermelon, green apple, cantaloupe and  honeydew melon

Lemongrass Kiwi: lemon, lemongrass, apple, kiwi, orange, bamboo, gardenia, hyacinth, cassis, eucalyptus, green tea, water lily and cedar

Lemon Poppyseed: lemon, lime, bergamot, poppyseed, brown sugar and clove

Lavender Sage: french lavender, lime, sage, dill, pepper, ginger, pine, musk and patchouli

Lilac: lilac

Love Spell: raspberry, cantaloupe, watermelon, jasmine, violet, grapefruit and kumquat

Magnolia Peony: cherry blossom, bergamot, magnolia, peony, freesia, amber and musk

Marshmallow Fireside: marshmallow and vanilla

Mahogany Teakwood: jasmine, rose, lily, mahogany and musk

Mulled Cider: apple and lemon 

Oatmeal Stout: butterscotch, orange, almond and vanilla

Ocean Mist: lily of the valley, hyacinth, oakmoss and musk

Oakmoss Amber: sage, orange, grapefruit, lavender, oakmoss and amber

Peppermint: peppermint and vanilla

Pumpkin Apple: apples, pumpkin, cinnamon and clove

Pumpkin Crunch: pumpkin and spice

Pina Colada: pineapple, banana, coconut, rum and vanilla 

Rain Forest: lily of the valley, rose, sandalwood, orange, lemon and petitgrain

Sandalwood: cedar, sandalwood, amber, rose, jasmine and musk

Sea Salt Orchid: sea salt, jasmine and lily of the valley

Santal: musk, cardamom, vetiver and sandalwood

Sweet Orange Chili Pepper: orange, bergamot, tangerine, cassis, neroli, chili pepper and musk

Teakwood Cardamom: teakwood, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, cedar, amber, sandalwood and patchouli

Tobacco Whiskey: vanilla, bourbon, scotch, jasmine, heliotrope, bergamot, cedar and musk

Vanilla Bean: vanilla bean and caramel

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