Shey B

Tutorial #1 – Homemade Candles


It’s here!  May is here!  I can’t believe I’ll be 31 in less than 2 weeks.  Eeep!  Life goes by too fast, but I highly doubt you’re super excited about my birthday, right?  wink.  Right.   First off, there is a “Pin It” button at the top of each of my blog posts.  If you like it, click the Pin It button if you wish to share.  Also, I am shutting down my SheyB Camera Strap Slipcover Facebook Page, BUT!  I made a new FB page for this blog.  I would love it if you stopped by (click HERE) and clicked that little “like” button if you’d like.  :D

Today’s the day the 31 tutorials in May start!  Who’s excited???  *raises hand*  I am!

Not only is my birthday around the corner, but Mother’s Day is too!  The day before my birthday in fact.  Each year that goes by I get frustrated when I go shopping for gifts for my family.  My husband and dad are the hardest to shop for.  My mom isn’t that hard, but I feel like I get her the same thing every time.  How about this year we make our mom’s their gifts?  I know my mom loves handmade presents, so get ready everyone… I’ve got a few ideas for you this week for Mother’s Day.  First up!  Homemade candles.  :)

What woman doesn’t love candles?  Even if they’re unscented, candles just give a room the perfect ambiance, don’t you think?  So, let’s get started, shall we?

You can use any container for your candle.  I just happen to have a ton of medium sized canning jars laying around, so that’s what I used.  But I also used a small jar I had that I originally purchased at Ikea.  You’ll also need candle wax, which you can purchase at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  I got mine at Michael’s.  I also reclaimed some old Partylite votives I had in a bag.  I actually almost threw them away!  Then you’ll need wicks and candle scent.  Optional: candle coloring.  I didn’t use any coloring, because I mostly just like white candles.  But that’s entirely up to you!

Next chop up the wax.  You want smaller pieces of wax so it melts faster.

After you chop up your wax, places the pieces directly into your canning jar (or whatever glass jar you’re using), then place your canning jar into a pan of simmering water.  Kinda like a double boiler.

Once all of the wax is melted, take the jar out of the pan and set it on the counter on a paper towel.  Let your candle sit for 10 minutes, but no more.  Now add your scent.  Add however much you want… just remember – the more you add the stronger your candle.  Now it’s time to put the wick in your candle.  Make sure you put the metal wick holder in the center of the candle.  A lot of people use wooden skewers to hold the wick in place, but I find that my butter knives work better.  They are heavy and hold the wick in place better.

Notice in the picture below that there is a pretty deep hole next to the wick.  This may happen when the candle cools down completely.  All you need to do is reheat a little more candle wax (or reheat what you have left – if any) once it’s melted, just pour it into that hole.  Repeat if necessary until the hole is gone.

Once the candle is completely cooled down, trim the wick to about 1/2″ or so.  Your candle is all done, but let’s make it look pretty for your mom.  (or sister, grandma, friend, daughter, etc)

I took the lids of the canning jars outside to my painting tarp.  My mom likes the color purple, so I decided to pain the lids purple.  I painted the seals with chalkboard spray paint.  These jars can be reused several times over, so using chalkboard marker is a great way to wash off the scent name and rewrite your next scent on it the next time.  :)

Since I have quite an obsession with The Twinery, I have a lot on hand.  Including purple.

I stamped some fun little notes into some clay (other options: paper tags or paper punches) for my mom… my girls gave me some input too.  ;)

I used Martha Stewart acrylic paint, because I’ve found that her line of acrylic paint is the best out there.  Trust me.  But more on these tags tomorrow!  That’s a whole new tutorial… or actually just a portion of it.  ;)

Or you can leave the tag with no color.  Either way, it’s up to you!  Tie on your tag and voila!  A Mother’s Day gift done!

I’m sorry this was so long.  Most of my tutorials are (that’s why it takes me so long to write them).  I like to be very thorough and make it easy for everyone to understand what to do.  I hope this tutorial was easy to understand.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me an email!  shealynn AT gmail DOT com

See you tomorrow with another tutorial I think you’re really going to like!


  1. LOVED this tutorial!!! :D <3

  2. Shey!!! I love this idea!! =) I think more of our mothers would appreciate home-made gifts than anything! I know mine will!!

  3. Fun! Great idea.

  4. I didn’t realize how simple it is to make candles!

  5. So cute for Mother’s Day!

  6. I totally love this idea. It would be perfect for my mom. She has everything and is very hard to shop for but she does always use candles and homemade ones would be perfect for her. I am going to attempt this for her gift this year! Thanks for taking the time to post this.

  7. This is the best tutorial ever. I see a ton of these in my near future for gifts. The personalized gifts are the most thoughtful. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi there just wondering where you bought your chalk marker. I’ve asked at a couple stores now and I get looked at like I have 5 heads lol. And does this marker erase like chalk would? Thank you!

  9. HI –

    Love this tutorial! I was wondering where you purchased your candle scents. I know you used lavender and wanted to know how the scent turned out and if it was any good.


  10. Awesome!!! Haven’t tried it yet but I sure will without a doubt. :). Thank u so much.

  11. Can u teach how to make different patterns n art work in candles. If so plz make a tutorial. Thanx n rerally this one was agood show.take care

  12. Its really , typing mistakes in.

  13. Love your tutorial and I’m anxious to try this. I have several small galvanized buckets that I thought would be cute for citronella candles for outside. Do you think your method of melting the wax in the container in a hot water bath would work the same for a metal container as it does with glass?

  14. No issue with putting the glass jars in the pot? No breaking from the heat?

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  16. did you have a hard time getting your wick in your jar (to stand straight and also to touch the bottom of the jar) after you pulled the jar out of the water? thanks!

  17. When you melt the wax do you melt it with the wick already unnutnormdo youmpurmthatnin once the wax is melted?
    I’m going to try this when I have the time!!!

  18. I love each one of the tutorials you have done , can’t wait to see more.

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