Here’s how to make container candles, once you start making your own beautiful scented candles, it’s almost impossible not to get hooked.
I can’t seem to help myself thinking about how I can turn random containers I find into beautiful candles. Some wax, a wick, and a bit of lovely fragrance oil and you have an exquisite candle!
One of my all-time favorite containers are made of glass. They are just so versatile. You can make candles with a solid color, ones that fade between two different hues, or even many layers of colors and some glitter thrown in for that added wow factor.
The next step for me was experimenting with some embeds, which is what I’m going to teach you today! I’d tried and had success with gel wax, but I had never tried using soy wax until now.
As the embeds in the candle needed to be safe and pressed against the sides of the glass to be seen, beeswax was the obvious choice. Beeswax is stickier and more flexible than other waxes which is exactly what we need for this job. And with a bit of mod podge, they won’t go anywhere!
Choosing The Right Container
What’s important here is that you need to be able to fit your fingers and hands in the container so you can stick the embeds/cutouts to the inside of the glass. You also need enough room to coat the outline of the embeds with the mod podge glue so the opening needs to be of a decent size.
So the size of your container is really going to depend on the size of your hand. But you can totally scale it up from there if you wish.
Why Bother With Mod Podge?
The first time I made these candles I didn’t coat them cutouts with glue. I was hoping that if I pressed them firmly enough against the glass this would be sufficient. How wrong I was.
Unfortunately for me at the time, I found the warm soy wax seeped between the cutouts/embeds and glass in various places, causing them to sink back into the wax.
Coating the edges of the imbeds gives them a waterproof seal that prevents this from happening. You have seen me use mod podge before in very different types of crafts, but it works great here as well!
Cutting Out Beeswax Imbeds
You can hand-cut your shapes out of the beeswax. If, like me, freestyling isn’t exactly your forte, try to keep things simple and use a pattern that doesn’t need to be uniform, like the black and white zebra pattern in the photo.
Otherwise, cookie cutters are great for this. I found these great mini cookie cutters on amazon that fit my votive hot glasses perfectly. But you can find all sorts of cookie cutters in a variety of different shapes and sizes.
DIY Container Candles With Beeswax Embeds
- Cookie Cutters
- Craft Knife (if not using cookie cutters)
- Paint Brush
- Place the beeswax into a heatproof container and place it into a pan with a couple of inches of simmering water to melt. Whilst the wax is melting, cut a piece of baking parchment big enough to pour the melted beeswax onto.
- Once the wax has melted, stir in the color, making sure it fully dissolves and is well combined.
- Pour the melted beeswax onto the baking paper and leave it to cool and harden to the point where it’s still a little flexible.
- Using a cookie cutter or craft knife, cut out your shapes. I’d recommend cutting out a few spares to cover any mishaps and breakages.
- Carefully press the shapes/cut-outs against the inside of the glass. You want to be firm enough to get them to stick, but gentle enough so that you don’t squash or misshapen them. When you are happy with their positioning, coat the edges of the beeswax embed so that the glass and the inbed are firmly sealed. This will stop any of the container wax seeping in-between the shape and the glass.Note: The glue needs to be completely dry and transparent before pouring the soy wax into it.
- Use a little of the glue to attach the wick to the bottom of the glass, then set aside and leave it to dry completely before we pour the wax.
- Place the soy wax into a heat-safe container and melt in the same way as you did the beeswax. Once the wax has melted, add the fragrance oil and stir well. Leave the wax to cool slightly, until it starts to turn cloudy. Be sure, however, that you can still pour it. Then move to step 9.
- Pour the cooled melted wax into the container. Secure the top of the wick with a pencil or bamboo stick and wrap a piece of kitchen foil around the container to stop the wax from drying too quickly, resulting in air traps.
- As the candle cools and hardens, it can often form a sinkhole near the wick. Use a toothpick or bamboo stick to poke a few shallow holes through the surface of the candle, then top it up with a bit more of the melted container wax, and leave to harden.
- Once the candle has hardened you can spruce it up and make it more unique by adding a little decoration to the top of the candle. Of course, this is completely optional, and it will melt fairly rapidly when it’s lit, but it does look nice before the initial burn. If you want to place the shape/cut-out over the wick. Pierce a hole through it with the end of a bamboo stick or pencil first.
So there you have, a simple yet effective way to decorate a glass container candle. If you are making an embed candle for a gift, then why not give your candle a personal touch by adding the initials of the recipient of the candle rather than a shape? That’s such a cute touch to show the person you really care about them.
I absolutely love candle making, which is why I keep trying to push myself to make more interesting and complicated candle crafts. But I was actually shocked at how easy this really was. There’s absolutely no reason you won’t be able to make these yourself.
I keep wracking my brain as to what kind of candle I want to make next. Something will come to me eventually, and I’ll be sure to share it with you lovely readers as soon as I do.
Here I walk you through all the basics of candle making in detail. How to use a mold, how to color them in interesting ways, how to make use of fragrance oils and essential oils, and how to scent them in interesting ways.
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