Gift idea alert!! With the inching closer, now is a great time to start thinking about gift ideas, especially if you’re planning on making any of your gifts this year. (Trust me on this – October may seem early to think about holiday gifts, but Thanksgiving chaos can quickly derail your DIY gift plans!)
So here’s a fun and simple project that anyone would love to receive as a gift….a custom-scented floral candle! These candles smell lovely, but what really sets them apart is the beautiful addition of flower petals. Not only can you choose the scent of the candle, but you can further personalize it by choosing the recipients favorite flower to use in the jar! I think anyone would be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful gift. :-)
DIY Floral Candle
Here’s what you’ll need:
- soy candle wax (1 lb. will make about two 10oz candles)
- candle jar or tin
- candle wicks and wick stands (I used a wooden wick for a nice rustic touch, but any wick will do!)
- flowers of your choice, petals removed
- essential oils of your choice
Start by securing your wick to the bottom of your jar. I used a Glue Dot on the bottom of the wick stand to make sure it would stay in place.
Allow the wax to cool for a few minutes. This will help ensure that your essential oils don’t smoke when you add them.
Next, add your essential oils of choice. (Keep in mind that a pound of wax requires quite a lot of essential oils to be able to smell the scent. I used White Fir as my main oil, and I ended up using around half a 15ml bottle of it.)
I don’t have any hard and fast rules for scenting your wax with essential oils, because I simply added a bit at a time until I was satisfied with the potency. So just decide which oil(s) you want to be your main scent, and which oils (if any) you want to use as supplementary scents. Then when you’re adding the oils in, just put in 5 drops of your supplementary oil(s) for everyone 20 or so drops of your main oil(s).
I scented my candle using Silver Fir, Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Eucalyptus oils. The ratio I used was around 5 parts White Fir, 1 part Sandalwood, 2 parts Frankincense, and 1/2 part of Eucalyptus. It gave the candle a very nice and subtle woodsy scent, and I have been loving it with this cool, fall weather!
Once your wax is scented, dip your flower petals into the wax and stick them to the sides of your candle jar. This part is a little tricky, but just press each petal onto the for a few seconds each to adhere it.
Once you’ve placed all of your petals, gently pour the wax in to fill the jar, and let the wax set completely. (You can toss it in the fridge to set up if you’re impatient like me!)
Once the wax has set up, trim any excess wick down to 1/4″-1/2″ above the wax level. And that’s all there is to it! Enjoy your custom-scented and custom-decorated floral candle! :-)