DIY Mason Jar Candles have to be the easiest candles to make. I make mine with a combination of beeswax and coconut oil. They are long burning and great for gifts as well as emergency candles. The beeswax and coconut combination gives a light scent, but nothing overwhelming. I also find them to be very low-smoke candles. Make extras because everyone loves them!
DIY Mason Jar Candles
Maybe you’re wondering why I go to the trouble of making my own candles when they can be purchased so easily. Well like many easily accessible items, there is a toxic price to be paid for the ease. Many store-bought candles are filled with toxins, like paraffin which is a petroleum waste product. Not sure why that’s a problem? Check out the side-effects of petroleum. That is just one of the many potential toxins in candles; don’t get me started on the scented ones!
But you can make all natural DIY Mason Jar Candles and feel safe in burning them in your home. I’ve included links to all the products I used.
DIY Mason Jar Candles -Ingredients
5 oz of Beeswax (I used this)
2 oz of Coconut Oil (I used this)
Candle Wicks (I used these)
(3) 4 oz Mason Jars (I used these)
Double boiler or something to melt your ingredients with direct contact with heat. But realize that wax is nearly impossible to get out of the pan/bowl so you may want something that you use for this purpose alone.
3 Pencils, chop sticks or something of the like to hold wicks.
DIY Mason Jar Candles – Directions
- Get the water boiling in your double broiler
- Measure out your beeswax and coconut oil
- Add beeswax to your double boiler to melt. It takes a lot longer to melt than the coconut oil. I also put the bars in
whole, you can grate or chop them to move the melting along faster.
- Ready your jars! Put your wicks in your jars (I use a little melted beeswax to help keep the wick centered). I wrap the wicks around pencils to keep them stable. This will help with centering and to make sure they don’t accidentally bury them in hot wax.
- I put my jars on paper towels or newspaper to make clean-up easy.
- Once your beeswax is fully melted, add the coconut oil. This will melt very quickly.
- Pour your wax mixture into the jars, quickly but carefully. Only fill the jars to the first “lip” giving it about a 1 inch head space.
- Give the jars 48 hours to cool and completely set.
- Trim your wick to about the height of the jar, with scissors.
- Now you’re ready to burn them or put the lids on and store them.
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to make more or larger jars. They are quite lovely in half-pint jars! I think you’ll find yourself making these candles for your house, for your emergency storage and as wonderful hand-made gifts for friends and family. Enjoy!