Handmade Ball® Candles
Want to give a gift that’s handmade and unique? We’ve got the perfect thing – making your own wax candles! Homemade candles are a genuine way to make friends and family smile and know you care. These handmade wax candles make unique Mother’s Day or housewarming gifts and are a great way to use old flowers and/or herbs in your home! The rustic chic candles are beautiful on their own, but if you want to give it as a gift, we recommend tying a bow or twine around the rim and adding a tag or herb sprig for some extra charm.
- Ball Pint Jar
- Clothespins to hold wick straight (you may also use a pencil)
- Glue gun or glue dots
- Nonstick pot
- Double boiler or bowl and additional pan
- Wooden spoon for stirring
Ingredients for Wax Candle
- Soy wax cubes or flakes (you need about 2 cups of wax per 8 oz. candle)
- String or candle wicks
- Essential Oil
- Flowers, Petals, Herbs
TIP: If using petals in your candle, it’s best to dry them beforehand. This preserves the petal’s color and beauty. Cut stems to approximately 6 inches and secure to a hanger to allow to dry.
Step 1: Set your wick into place by using hot glue on the bottom center of the jar and secure wick to stay in place. You can use a glue gun or glue dots here. Clip clothespin onto the wick and rest clothespin atop the rim of the jar to keep the wick straight. If you don’t have a clothespin, you can twist the wick around a pencil and lay that across the top of the jar. Allow 20 minutes to assure glue is dry.
Step 2: Place herbs, flowers, and/or petals inside the jar around the wick. TIP: Things inside jar will likely move when you pour in the wax. The more items you pack in, the less they will move.
Step 3: Melt wax over the stovetop using a double boiler or a bowl placed on top of a pan of hot water. Allow wax to melt fully. Add in essential oil, about 10 drops. Stir until melted.
Step 4: Once wax melted, remove from heat and gently pour mixture into each Ball jar.
Step 5: Allow candle to sit in a cool place for 24 hours to solidify. TIP: You can place in the refrigerator to speed up this process.
Step 6: Once the wax is solid, remove the clothespin or pencil. Trim the excess wick down to 1/4” - 1/2” above the wax level. This step is important to ensure your candle will burn safely.
Step 7 (optional): Tie some ribbon or twine around the sides of the jar and add a tag addressed to the special recipient. Make sure to note what type of candle it is too!
Now you have a gorgeous, handcrafted wax candle that any mom or friend would be proud to display.
Looking for a quick homemade candle alternative?
Easy 1-2-3 candles! These Ball Jar floating votive candles are the perfect addition to your holiday tablescape. They’re also great in the summer time to keep the bugs away when used with citronella and lemon. Bugs also don’t like the smell of lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, or rosemary.
- Ball Flute Jar
- Any decorative fruit, spices, herbs
- Tea light
Recommended Seasonal Decorative Combinations
- Fall: Rosemary, Oranges, Cinnamon
- Christmas: Pinecones, Greenery
- Summer: Lemons, Limes, Mint
Create a beautiful floating votive candle!
Step 1: Gather appropriate supplies and fill jar with your favorite festive spices, herbs, or fruit.
Step 2: Add water or oil leaving 1.5-2” space between rim and water level.
Step 3: Float a tea light on top of the water/ oil and enjoy your decorative votive!