Make Your Own Scented Holiday Candles

Bring the scents of the season into your home with these easy-to-make candles.

DIY Essential Oil Candles

DIY Essential Oil Candles

Bring in the scents of the season into your home with these easy-to-make candles.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Materials Needed

Yield: 1 candle

  • small glass jar
  • wooden dowel
  • wick
  • glue dot
  • soy wax flakes
  • essential oil (in desired scents)
  • double boiler
  • pot holder
  • thermometer
  • scissors

Melt Wax Flakes

Start by filling the glass jar twice with your wax flakes to ensure there is enough wax for the candle. Using a double broiler, melt down the soy wax flakes (Image 1). Stir with a wooden dowel until completely liquefied (Image 2) — about 180 degrees F.

Let Cool

Allow the wax to cool down to 100 degrees F (Image 1). This helps prevent the candle from cracking as it solidifies. While cooling, attach a wick to the bottom of the jar using a glue dot (Image 2). Twist a wooden dowel around the wick to help keep the wick upright when pouring the wax into the jar (Image 3).

Add Essential Oils

Mix your essential oils into the wax. For an evergreen tree scent, combine 10 drops of balsam fir needle and 5 drops of eucalyptus. For a spiced cider scent, combine 10 drops of sweet orange and 5 drops of clove bud. For a snickerdoodle scent, combine 10 drops of vanilla and 5 drops of cinnamon.

Mix Essential Oils Into Wax

Mix Essential Oils Into Wax

Mix in your essential oils of choice into the wax. For a holiday tree scent, combine 10 drops of balsam fir needle and 5 drops of eucalyptus. For a spiced cider scent, combine 10 drops of sweet orange and 5 drops of clove bud. For a snickerdoodle scent, combine 10 drops of vanilla and 5 drops of cinnamon.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Pour Scented Wax

Carefully pour the wax into the jar (Image 1). Allow to sit for 24 hours (Image 2). Use scissors to cut the wick.

Decorate the Jar

Now your candle is ready for gifting. Add a piece of plaid ribbon around the lip of the jar and finish with a gift tag and the name of the scent for a fun, festive touch.

DIY Essential Oils Candle

DIY Essential Oils Candle

Now your candle is ready for gifting. Add a piece of plaid ribbon around the lip of the jar and finish with a gift tag with the name of the scent for a fun, festive touch.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Make It Bright

Easy and budget-friendly, these DIY candles make perfect gifts for co-workers, friends and family.

DIY Essential Oil Candles

DIY Essential Oil Candles

Easy and budget-friendly, these DIY candles make perfect gifts for co-workers, friends and family.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

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