DIY Summertime Candles

DIY Summertime Candles

Summertime and candles dance well together. Whether you're hosting a romantic al fresco dinner or simply trying to battle mosquitoes, there are many reasons to make candles during the summer months. Get creative and have fun with the process. Think citrus, flowery and herbal. You can't go wrong when using fresh, fragrant ingredients from Mother Earth. 


  • Small Mason jars or another type of glass/porcelain dish
  • Flaked soy wax (can purchase on Amazon)
  • Pencils or wooden chopsticks 
  • Clothespin
  • Glass bowl or lg. Pyrex measuring cup
  • Essential oils (clove, orange, cinnamon) or fresh derivative (grated citrus peels, herbs, dried flowers, etc.)
  • Smokeless candle wicks (can purchase on Amazon) 

Instructions (these steps make one candle)

  • Decide ahead of time the scent you want (lavendar, citrus, rosemary or a combination); prepare those elements and set aside 
  • Wrap the candle wick around a pencil and gently place into the Mason jar, set aside / you can also clip the wick in a closepin and balance between two chopsticks 
  • Scoop 2.5 cups of wax flakes into glass bowl/Pyrex cup, heat in 30 second increments, stirring in between / you can can also heat in a post on the stove 
  • Pour the melted wax into the Mason jar or dish 
  • Within each individual candle, sprinkle grated citrus peel, essential oils (at least 10 drops of each scent), herbs, etc. 
  • Let it sit until candle is completely hardened, remove the rod or pencil, and cut the wick
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