With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we thought it would be a great idea to make a festive candle to go with the green holiday decorations. In the candle we made, we did several layers of different shades of green – but you could use the same concept with other holidays or just make it one solid color!
What you will need:
-Soy wax chips
-Wax col squares or candle dye
-Mason jar or a glass votive of your choice
-Microwavable measuring cups
1. Begin prepping your glass jar by standing the candle wick in the center and securing it into place by using a clothespin. To do this, slide the clothespin over the wick and rest it on the sides of the glass. Make sure your wick is taller than the container so that it does not get covered with the liquid wax.
2. Place the soy wax chips into your microwaveable measuring cup. Use enough wax so that it fills the desired layer height in your candle container when melted. Microwave the wax 1 minute and stir with a craft stick. Add 3 blocks of the green wax or 6 drops of liquid candle dye. If the wax is not fully melted, continue to microwave it at 30-second intervals until it is completely melted. Add a couple drops of your favorite fragrance oil. Caution: Be careful while handling the measuring cup and wax as they will be very hot.
3. Pour the melted wax into your container. Make sure to avoid pouring it on the side of the glass or directly on the wick. If you get it on the side of the glass, let it cool for a few moments and then scrape it off.
4. Wait for this first layer of the candle to completely cool before starting the next layer. To avoid mixing the colors, wipe the excess wax from the measuring cup with a paper towel while the wax is still warm or use a separate measuring cup for each color. Place the same amount of soy wax chips in the measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute. Stir with a craft stick and add 1-2 blocks of the green wax or 3-4 drops of the liquid candle dye. Continue to microwave the wax at 30-second intervals until it is completely melted. Add a couple more drops of the fragrance oil.
5. Wait 1 minute for the colored wax to slightly cool. Then pour the melted wax on top of your first layer. Again, avoid pouring it on the side of the glass or directly on the wick. Wait for this second layer of the candle to completely cool before starting the next layer. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for your next layers. Once your final layer is completely dry, remove the clothespin and trim the wick to about one-quarter inch using scissors. Enjoy!