DIY Candles in French Yogurt Jars
March 7, 2013
Home DIYClassic WeddingsRomantic
Since smuggling the crisp Paris air back to Boston might be a bit of a challenge and we all know what would happen to the macarons that were stuffed into our bags (and then promptly into our faces). Instead of bringing something home from our travels, we're thinking that a simple, stunning Parisian inspired DIY candle is just what the doctor ordered. All designed by our sweet sweet friend and talented crafter, Heidi Murphy of White Loft Studio.
From Heidi... When I traveled to overseas this past year for editorial work, I was quickly obsessed with the glass jars that the French sell their yogurts, pot de créme, and rice puddings in. I saw so many uses for these great little jars, that I consumed quite a bit of the aforementioned during my stay in Paris. I carefully packed my 20 jars for the journey home where they have since been used for panna cotta, yogurt & honey, puddings, and for holding tea lights....and now, hand-poured wax candles. I burn candles almost every night, but these are really special and I use them to light all the little corners of my house, especially when I have friends or family over for a visit.

Pouring your own candles is quite simple. I like to use a 100% soy wax as it is a healthier wax to burn. The wax is available in flakes, by the pound. And wicks, available in various sizes depending on the size of the candle you are making, are available online and in craft stores. I buy the pre-made wicks for ease of use.

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1. vessels that you are using to house the candle - clean & dry
2. wicks in an appropriate length and thickness (needs to be taller than the vessel)
3. wax adhesive
4. flake soy wax
5. double boiler (or a small sauce pan with a pouring edge held over a saucepan)
6. thermometer
7. skewers or chopsticks
8. rubber bands
9. baking tray, lined in aluminum foil


step-1Use the wax adhesive to stick the metal discs at the base of your wick to the bottom of your candle vessel. Place your vessels on the foil-lined baking tray.

Use two skewers or chopsticks rubber-banded together on both ends to flank the top of the wick to keep it centered during wax pouring and cooling.

Fill the bottom of your double-boiler with water and place it over heat. With the top portion of the double boiler in place, add some flaked wax and the termometer (a candy thermometer works well!) For safety, it is **very** important that you know the pouring temp of your wax along with the melting point and flash point [temperature at which wax will ignite] and watch the temperature carefully.

step-4Once your wax hits the temperature pouring point, carefully remove the top part of your boiler containing the melted wax from stove and pour, carefully, into each vessel. Stop pouring between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch from the top of the vessel.

step-5Leave your vessels on the tray to dry. The wax turns back to opaque and, depending on the size of the candle, may take up to an hour. After completely cooled, trim the wick and burn!

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Design, Styling & Photography: White Loft Studio