There’s so much more to do with container candles than just plain candles! You can make them with stripes, or in tilted layers, or add shaped or cut wax chunks to create all sorts of effects like colorful mosaics or even a “fruit” look. Here are some of the things I’ve been doing with mine. (For all the basic directions to make container candles, see How to Make Container Candles, and for even more info, see So You Want to Make Candles–Basic Supplies to Get Started.)
Striped Candles: The easiest “special effect” candle (which makes it one of my favorites).
Simply wick your jar and pour the wax in sections using different colors, letting each section set before adding the next.
Tilted Layer Candles: Find something serviceable around the house to safely prop your jar at a tilt.
Wick the jar and, as with striped candles, pour the wax in sections using different colors, letting each section set before adding the next. (Be sure to prop the wick to keep it straight while it sets.) Turn the jar back upright for the final layer.
Wax Chunk Candles: These are so much fun! Pour a small amount of wax into a something wide like a pie pan. Cut out shapes before the wax completely sets so that it’s still soft enough to cut easily.
The wax is still moldable at this stage. You can even shape chunks into circles with your fingers (sort of like making cookie dough balls). For this candle creation, I’m making little red balls or fruit for a berries ‘n’ cream candle.
Wick the jar and fill it partway with the wax chunks. Pour in a contrasting wax color.
Add the rest of the wax chunks. Be sure to leave some of the chunks showing on the top of the candle.
Berries ‘n’ cream!
Wax chunk candles can be varied endlessly and make really splashy candles if you use a lot of different colors.
I made all of these candles yesterday by reusing candle wax (see Recycling Candles), so I limited myself to the colors I had available or could create by melting color combinations. I’m stocked up on candles again. I have to admit, one of the things I love about making candles is that it’s so easy. Plus, I just love candles!
Anyone have more ideas for playing with container candles? I’d love to hear them!