Gifts in a jar are such an easy way to gift awesomeness during the holidays. Even better, the possibilities are pretty much endless so you can make gifts for everyone on your list. This DIY wintergreen cranberry wood wick candle is the perfect jar gift for all of your friends, grandparents, and mommas on your list.
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It’s Day 8 and we are sharing Christmas In A Jar Ideas!
The first time I made this, I used cosmetic grade glittery mica powder to color the candle. It’s looked awesome and shimmery… until it cooled. Then, all of the color was at the bottom. Boo.
I decided to skip the glitter and try a new version of dye. Thankfully, the wax dye worked so much better. If you’re new to making your own dyed candles, skip any of the powder colorant. It simply doesn’t work.
Since I had to lose the glitter in the candle itself, I decided to add it to the jar instead. With this DIY wintergreen cranberry wood wick candle, you get a beautiful and wonderfully scented candle AND you get your glitter fix too.
DIY Wintergreen Cranberry Wood Wick Candle Materials
- 16 oz. Glass Canning Jar with Lid
- Wooden Candle Wicks
- Soy Wax Flakes
- Candle Making Pouring Pot
- Pink Wax Dye (I used the Pink in this Kit)
- Wintermint Fragrance Oil (Both of mine came from this set)
- Cranberry Fragrance Oil
- Rubber Bands
- Bobunny Glitter Paste (I used Pink Punch but any pink variation will work)
- Clear Nylon Thread
- Snowflake Cookie Ornament
First, put a 1 cup of water into a small cooking pot and heat it over medium-high heat.
While your water starts to boil, add 4 cups of wax flakes into your pouring pot.
Once your water is boiling, place your pouring pot into it and turn the heat down to medium.
Continue heating your wax flakes until they are completely melted.
After your wax flakes are melted, stir in a few flakes of your wax coloring at a time until you achieve your desired color.
- When your wax cools the color will lighten a lot so it is better to mix in wax coloring until your color is 2-3 shades darker than you would like.
Once you have colored your melted wax, stir in 10-12 drops of Wintergreen fragrance oil.
Then stir in 5-8 drops of Cranberry fragrance oil.
Keep your wax on the stove while you prep your jar starting with placing your wood wick inside the metal stabilizer.
Next, slip a rubber band around the top of your jar.
Then slide the top of your wood wick into your chopsticks.
- Don’t break your chopsticks apart before sliding the wick into them.
Now, place you wick inside the jar resting the chopsticks on the lip. Then twist the edges of your rubber band and slip it on each side of the chopsticks one side at a time to secure them (and your wick) in place.
Once your wick is secured in place, carefully pour your wax into your jar and set the candle aside to cool.
After your candle has completely cooled, carefully remove the rubber band and chopsticks.
Next, trim your wick so that it’s about 1/4 inch from the wax.
Now, coat the outside of your jar with glitter paste. Use your finger to remove any excess along the top and bottom edges.
Allow your glitter paste to dry before moving on.
Lastly, tie one of your snowflake cookie ornaments around the lip of the jar with clear nylon thread.
Before gifting, be sure to reattach the lid to your jar to protect the wick. Unlike regular wicks, wooden wicks can break off especially during the wrapping, transporting, and unwapping of gifts. The lid will keep the wooden wick from getting broken.
I wish digital screens could be scratch and sniff so you could smell how amazing this candle smells. It is festive and sweet to fill your (or your friends and family’s) home with holiday scents this season. Now it’s time to check out the other awesome gifts in a jar ideas for everyone else on your list this year. Finish off gifts for everyone on your list with the ideas below!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.