It's that time of year again where everyone is filled with joy and excitement about the Holiday season! This year, I wanted to make some cute Holiday candles that I could either use to decorate my home or give away as the perfect little gifts. This project was fairly simple and something I think even your kids could help you with.
I had so much fun decorating the jars and choosing my favorite Holiday scents for the candles!
Part 1. Making The Candles
22 oz Libbey Storage Jar With Bubble Lid
IGI 4630 Harmony Blend Container Wax
LX30 6" Wicks
Red/Dark Pink Liquid Dye
Brown/Tan Liquid Dye
Smell of Christmas Fragrance Oil
Large Pouring Pot
Parchment Paper or Wax Paper
First, to make the candles, follow the steps in the How To Make Container Candles tutorial found in the Candle Making University. I find it fairly easy to make candles in my kitchen! I try to stay organized and make sure I lay out plenty of parchment paper or wax paper to make cleanup easy.
Now that you have made your candles, you'll need to let them cool overnight. The IGI 4630 wax is meant to be a single-pour paraffin but, this time of year especially, you can get a little bit of sinking around the wick. Make sure you save yourself a little bit of wax to do a second pour if needed.
Part 2. Decorating The Jars
1 Sheet of Black Felt
1 Sheet of Gold Felt
Brown Pipe Cleaners
1 Bag of Medium Googly Eyes
1 Bag of Medium Red Pom Poms
1 Bag of Medium Black Pom Poms
1 Roll of 1.5" Wide Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors and/or Exact-O Knife
Pen or Pencil
Piece of Cardboard
First, take the piece of gold felt, turn it over shiny side down, and put a piece of scrap cardboard behind it. Then, draw out the belt buckle for the Santa candle. I drew mine about 2.5" wide and 2" tall then cut out the center piece using an Exact-O knife. Once I had the center cut out, I used the scissors to cut out the rest of the buckle.
Next, take the black piece of felt and a ruler and measure out a a strip about 1.5" wide. This will be for the belt that goes underneath the gold belt buckle. I used a sticky sided felt here but regular black felt will work just fine, you will just need to adhere it to the jar using hot glue.
Then, take the strip of black felt, and wrap it around the candle. I did have to had one smaller piece of felt in the back to make it fit all the way around but it looks seamless! Once the black felt has been adhered to the jar, take your gold belt buckle and use the hot glue to adhere it to the belt and, voila! You have a cute little Santa candle!
First, take one of the red pom poms and carefully glue it to the jar using the hot glue. Next, take two of the googly eyes and adhere them to the jar as well.
For the antlers, take a couple of the brown pipe cleaners and twist them together to get as many antlers as you'd like. Bend and flex the antlers a few times until they start to look like real antlers then, take the hot glue and adhere them to the lid of jar.
First, take the black pom poms and use hot glue to adhere them to the jar where his buttons should be.
Next, take the ribbon and cut off about 18" of length to give yourself plenty of room to wrap it around the neck of the jar. Then, fold the center of the ribbon in half long ways and and use the hot glue to glue it together. Now, add a line of hot glue along the folded portion of the ribbon and wrap it around the neck of the jar. Finally, take a pair of scissors and trim off the excess ribbon and you should have a perfect little "scarf!"
And that's it! Now you have three little Holiday candles that you can either use as decorations in your home or the perfect little gifts for teachers, family, friends, or whoever! Add your own little twist to these candles by using different color materials and choose your favorite fragrances! Browse our selection of candle making supplies to get started now!