Hi Friends,

Sorry I have been slacking a little bit, I have a bunch of stuff planned for the next week or so & have been working with some new companies! Here are some sneak peaks & an awesome coupon code that I will use every week at the store!!!

I had posted a picture of the DIY candles my sister-in-law & I made this past week & got a ton of messages asking how we made them!

I buy Warner all sorts of different purees to eat & many of the foods come in small glass jars, especially the Beechnut brand! I usually save a few of our larger glass containers at a time to use as flower vases or to pour bacon grease into, etc. Since I was throwing away so many of these glass jars, I started brainstorming what else I could use them for. While perusing around Pinterest, I came across homemade candles! I am constantly feeling bad about how expensive candles are & I also read so much information about how harmful they can be to us, especially babies. So, I read a few different posts & decided I could make some myself with all of the glass jars I had been saving.

I already had the jars & essential oils, so I just ordered the wax & wicks on Amazon Prime and bought a couple of boxes of crayons at Walmart.

These are a super cheap, easy, & beautiful creation that you can do at home for a fraction of the cost of store bought candles, PLUS you can recycle any veggie/baby food/vase jars that you might have thrown out!

Cheap & Easy DIY Recycled Jar Ombre Scented Candles

What You Need:

  • 5 lbs Soy Wax Flakes
  • Candle Wicks
  • Array of Glass Jars
  • Box of Crayons
  • Hot Glue
  • Paper Cups
  • Skinny, Long Object to Keep Wick Out of Hot Wax (I just wooden kebabs, broken in half, but even a pencil would work!)

Step 1. I started out by washing the glass jars and removing all of the sticky stuff outside with Goo Gone. Let glass dry.

Step 2. Hot glue the wicks to the center of each glass container and let the glue harden. Wrap the top of the wick around pencil or popsicle stick and lay across the top of the jar. (This is to keep the wick upright while the wax hardens.)

Step 3. Remove paper from each crayon that you want to use (this is for color & not necessary if you want white candles!)

Step 4. Break pieces of crayon and place a the bottom of a paper cup. Scoop desired amount of wax flakes on top of the crayon pieces. The wax and crayons will melt down and you’ll likely need to add more as it heats up.

Step 5. Heat paper cup in microwave for 2 minutes. Stir wax and crayon together and add more wax flakes as needed. Continuing microwaving until wax and crayon are mixed together & completely liquid form.

Step 6. Add in desired amount of essential oils/blends. I did quite a bit as I wanted them to be pretty strong- probably 10-15 drops each layer

Step 7. Pour colored wax into bottom of the glass container, avoiding the sides of the jar and the wick, as it will harden quickly.

Step 8. Wait 30-45 (or longer, depending on depth of wax) minutes for each layer to harden before beginning the next layer.

Step 9. Repeat steps 3-8 for each later. Once entire candle was hard and dry, trim wick to 1/4 inch tall.

I made 12 candles in different color & scents and it took over 6 hours for everything to be completely harden. You can place in the fridge or freezer to shorten times, but I didn’t think of that until my last candle LOL!

These are one of my favorite DIYs ever & I loved how the colors turned out! I will definitely continue to make these with my recycled jars.

Let me know your favorite money-saving DIY projects or if you have any questions about the candles!