One hour + $6 = One homemade fall-scented jar candle from scratch!

It’s that time of year again when you want to wrap yourself in a blanket and fill your house with cozy, warm fall scents. I went out to the store, twice, in a failed attempt to buy candles. The reason? It cost more than $20 for any of the jar candles and I’m too cheap! So, being the intrepid crafter that I aspire to be, I decided to make my own scented candles—with total success! They smell delicious, cost me $6 dollars a jar, and only took me an hour to make.

Make your own scented candles from scratchYou will need: 1-2 mason jars (depending on size), a double boiler (or equivalent, see step #2), a candy thermometer, 1 pound of soy wax chips, 1-2 color chips, 1-1.5 ounces of fragrance oil, 1-2 candle wicks (I used 9-inch long wicks), waxed paper and a pencil.
Here’s the breakdown:
  1. Measure out one pound of soy wax chips
    Measure one pound of soy wax chips
  2. Put in double boiler and set to medium high heat (start low to make sure you don’t melt too quickly). If you don’t have a double boiler (like me) you can put a mixing bowl or second pot on top of a boiling pot of water. Heat up to 175 degrees (but no higher).
  3. Add 4 tablespoons stearic acid. This is not required, but will give the soy wax a firmer texture (=melt slower)
  4. When the stearic acid has fully dissolved, add 1-2 color chips (per pound of wax). Soy wax will take on a more pastel color palette, but adding a second chip will give it a more saturated look. Mix thoroughly.
    Add 1-2 color chips
  5. To see what the finished color will look like, put a couple of drops on a piece of waxed paper and wait a minute for it to cool.Scratch test for color and scent
  6. Let the wax cool to 130 degrees before adding the fragrance (1-1 1/2 oz. per pound of wax).
  7. To test potency, do the drop test. Once cooled, scratch the wax to test the strength of the fragrance.Add 1-1.5 ounces of fragrance once the wax is at 130 degrees
  8. While waiting for wax to cool to pouring temperature, stick your jars in oven at 150 degrees. This will prevent the wax from becoming cloudy after it cools in the jar.
  9. Right before pouring, get your wick ready by wrapping the free end around a pencil and position it in the center of the jar.Get your wick ready by wrapping the end around a pencil
  10. Pour wax once it cools to 110 degrees. Wait for the wax to cool completely before removing the pencil and cutting the wick.Pour your wax at 110 degrees

The breakdown:
Supplies from: Zenith Supplies, 6300 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, (206) 525-7997
Yield: This candle recipe makes a 20 oz. container candle
Compare to: a 22 oz. Yankee Candle ($25.99) you save $19.79!

Time to create: 1 hour

  • 1 pound of soy wax ($3)
  • 1 bag of coloring chips ($1.10/bag; $0.10/chip)
  • 1 bag wicks ($2.50/bag, $0.10/wick)
  • 1 ounce fragrance (this varies depending on your fragrance choice: 1 ounce pumpkin was $6, 1 ounce cranberry was $3)
  • TOTAL: $6.20 (20 oz. cranberry candle) or $9.20 (20 oz. pumpkin candle)

20 thoughts on “One hour + $6 = One homemade fall-scented jar candle from scratch!

  1. So creative Kim! And economical. I love it. Where did you find the instructions for this project, i.e. where is your go-to resource for these type of things?

    • Thanks! I wanted to make sure I had a simple list of instructions so a lot of these tips were ones that I got from the gal at the supply shop. I combined those with a few different sets of instructions that I found online.

    • What kind did you used to make? I went with the soy because it sounded like the easiest to start with, but I’m curious about other styles as well (not to mention making molds!) So many choices!

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    • I’ve been very happy with the scents from Zenith Supply. They bottle their own fragrances, so if you call them, maybe they can ship from their store in Seattle? Otherwise, maybe they can give you the name of the place they get their scents. Good luck!

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