Call it the curse of the DIYer, but sometimes I’ll see something beautiful or clever in a magazine or online and I just NEED to make it myself. That’s exactly what happened when I came across the project that I’ll be sharing with you today… these beautiful mason jar candles! I was immediately smitten with them. And how could you not be? All that beautiful, fresh citrus… I wanted one of these candles on every surface in my house. (Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration… but you get my point!) :-)
The best part about these candles is that they couldn’t be easier to make. The citrus slices are suspended in water, and then a small amount of oil floats on top of the water, serving as fuel for the candle. The heat of the burning wick warms up the water below, which encourages the citrus to release more of its scented oils. The result is a candle the smells as good as it looks! Here’s how you can make your own at home.
Mason Jar Water Candles
- Mason jar
- Citrus fruits, sliced
- Cooking oil
- Floating wicks
Start by filling your jar about 2/3 of the way with citrus slices. We opted to use a combination of oranges, lemons, and grapefruits for our candles, but feel free to do your own thing!
Fill the jar with water, leaving a 1/2” or so of room at the top for the oil.
Then add 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil to the jar, right on top so that the oil floats on the water. We used olive oil, but you can use whatever oil you happen to have on hand. It’ll work just the same! :-)
Carefully place one of your floating wicks onto the layer of oil.
Finally, light the wick and enjoy your simple and beautiful candle!