Perfect Hostess Gift! DIY Soy Wax Candles

Last week while out to dinner I announced to the hubby, ‘We need more candles.’ This was after a trip to, of all places, the bathroom. It had soft music playing, a little heater running, and the best smelling candle ever. It was so warm and cozy I was tempted to lock the door and take a little nap. But then again, you might have noticed I have a bit of a thing for candles. They are so satisfyingly easy to make – and wrapped in piece of old t-shirt (bonus points if it looks like a peppermint!) they make the perfect hostess gift.

Perfect Hostess Gift - Soy Wax Candles | Henry Happened Clove + Peppermint Soy Wax Candles | Henry Happened

Supplies needed

  • Soy wax flakes
  • Wicks
  • Essential oils
  • Small tins


Step 1

Glue the wick to the bottom of the tin and roll the top around a pencil or skewer to hold it upright. If you don’t have enough wick to roll, then just hold it with your fingers when you pour the wax.

Step 2

Melt the wax in the microwave in 30-second increments (or use a double broiler). When all the wax is melted add 8-10 drops of essential oil and stir. The more essential oil you add the stronger the smell, so add the fragrance slowly.

Step 3

Pour the wax into the tin (holding the wick if needed) and let the candle sit for several hours to harden.

Step 4

Use a circle of fabric and a piece of twine to wrap the candle. Add a homemade tag letting the recipient know what yummy smell to expect!
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  1. says

    Oh I’ve been rather obsessed with candles too lately. I just started making them… and I can’t stop! lol
    Love the t-shirt wrapping idea!


    • gerbermom says

      Well, I’m a big fan of recycling old candles if possible! And I never go to Michaels without my 40% off coupon :) My essential oil collection is growing (tho I didn’t manage to buy orange 3 – yes, 3! – separate times because I keep forgetting that I have it. Doh! But those oils last forever – you can makes tons of stuff with one tiny bottle. Hope that helps :)

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