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Beeswax and Bottled Candles Project

These mini candles would make a thoughtful gift or party favor during any season. You can get creative and customize each candle using various fragrant essential oils and ingredients. I chose to create a simple beeswax candle with just a hint of peppermint oil. My inspiration for this project came from a beeswax project blog post (that I love) by Lindsay from her blog A Wooden Nest.

I’ve been saving baby food jars since they’re an adorable sized container, perfect for little gifts and odds and ends. Because my candles are small, I used the melting pot to heat up my beeswax. If you’re creating larger candles you may need to use a saucepan or larger candle making heating device.

Place all your materials on a safe surface. Try a non stick craft sheet, wax paper or an old wood chopping board. I added just a few drops to the beeswax (just using a few chunks of bees wax at a time.) Dip the base of one of the wicks with clips into the wax and then stick it to the center of the bottom of the jar. Place a little tin foil of the edge of the glass, to help prevent dribble down the side when you pour the wax in.

Pour the wax in gently. Since the candles I made are so small I didn’t have to worry about the wick moving around, but when making larger candles you may need to rest small sticks over the top of the candle container to help keep the wick in place while the wax dries.

While the wax is drying, cut out some of your favorite fabric to dress up the lids. Punch some chalkboard paper circles out using a circle punch.

When the candle wax has hardened, fasten the lid on, and place the fabric over the lid. Secure it by tying some bakers twine. Add the chalkboard label to the top using a little Collage Pauge. Tie the look all together by writing a special message on the chalkboard paper to create a personalized label, and give to a friend for an awesome gift that they can reuse again and again.

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