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Want to Make a Christmas Candle? Here’s What You Need to Know.

The Christmas season is here, and it certainly wouldn't be the same without Christmas candles. Christmas candles, also known as holiday candles, give off a Christmassy scent whenever they are lit. Some Christmas candles are even dyed with the colors red and green. Unfortunately, Christmas candles can be rather expensive to buy. If you have been pondering the thought of making a Christmas candle, you have come to the right place. In this article, I'll give you a complete guide for making Christmas candles this holiday season. You can either keep these candles, or you can give them away as gifts.

How to Make a Christmas Candle with Essential Oils

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This first Christmas candle is made to give off the scents of pine and frankincense. You can make these DIY Christmas Candles in a variety of sizes, such as glass votive candle holders or mason jars. The burlap and decorative holiday ribbon are not essential to use but it makes the Christmas candle look more festive. Also, remember that you can use any other essential oils that you would like. Pine and Frankincense essential oils give off a Christmassy scent, but there are many other Christmas essential oils available as well. Here are the instructions for making this Christmas candle:

Supplies Needed:

  • Soy wax for candle making
  • Natural candle wick
  • Pine essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Popsicle sticks
  • 8 oz glass jelly jars or other small jars
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Decorative holiday or burlap ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Begin by melting the soy wax in a double boiler. Start with 3 cups of soy wax pellets. This will be enough for a one 8 ounce mason jar and two votive candle holders.
  2. While the wax is heating up and melting, you can add the essential oils to the wax. Try to do at least 30 drops of each pine and frankincense essential oil for the 3 cups of wax. If you want the Christmas candles to have a strong smell, make it be 45 drops of each scent.
  3. When the wax is melted in the double boiler, take a plastic spoon and drip just a little bit of wax at the bottom of your glass containers. While the wax is still liquid, place your wick in the glass jar so that it "glues" into place. Hold the wick in place until the wax is cool and hardened. The wax that you poured in at the beginning will help hold the wick in place as you add more wax.
  4. After you have added the wick, begin adding the rest of the melted wax into the jar.
  5. It will take about 45 minutes for the wax to cool. To speed up the process, put the Christmas candle in the refrigerator. Put two popsicle sticks around the wick so that the wick stays in place.
  6. Once the wax has cooled, go ahead and trim the wick.
  7. The last step to making your Christmas candle is to decorate the jars. Have fun gluing on decorative holiday or burlap ribbon. If you want, you can tie on a sprig of pine with twine around the jars. Have fun decorating them!

How to Decorate Jar Candles

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If you already have Christmas candles but are wanting to decorate them, look no further than this idea. These Christmas candles resemble Santa Claus, a snowman, and perhaps an elf. These Christmas candles are so easy to make and only take a few minutes. Here's how to do it.

Supplies Needed:

  • Jar candles (you can use candles that you already have or you can buy new ones)
  • Electrical tape (red and white)
  • Black and white buttons
  • Plaid ribbon
  • Black ribbon
  • Gold washi tape
  • Cereal box
  • Hot glue or glue dots

Instructions:

  1. For the gold Santa buckle, cut a rectangle from a cereal box and cover it in gold washi tape. Next, use a Xacto knife to cut two slits for the ribbon.
  2. The rest of the assembly for the DIY Christmas Candles is as simple as cutting the right length of ribbon or tape and adding it to the jars. Glue on the buttons with hot glue or Glue Dots. You can also use electrical tape for decorating your Christmas candles.

How to Make a Christmas Oil Candle Lamp

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This next Christmas candle is very unique. Unlike the other Christmas candles, this one is not made of wax, but it instead is made of oil. This Christmas candle is full of pine cones, dried orange slices, cranberries, sprigs of pine, and cinnamon sticks.

Supplies Needed:

  • Pint mason jars
  • Floating wick
  • Olive oil
  • Dried orange slices
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Small pine cones
  • Cranberries
  • Sprigs of pine
  • Essential oils (rosemary, sweet orange, cinnamon)

Instructions:

  1. Start by filling the mason jar with botanicals. You can use cranberries, dried orange slices, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and fresh pine. Don't add too much into your mason jar Christmas candle, because you'll need room for the wick. Once you have added the botanicals, add some oil into the jar. Fill it up almost to the brim. Watch that it doesn't overflow.
  2. Using a wooden skewer or an old pencil, position the plant material where it looks best.
  3. Next, add the essential oils to the oil. Rosemary, sweet orange, and lemon work great.
  4. Add the floating wick into the Christmas candle.
  5. As the oil burns, you can add some water, which will make the oil rise. However, if the candle goes unused, bacteria may start to grow making the candle cloudy. It’s best to just add more oil to raise the level above the botanicals. Once the wick burns up, you can use a piece of an old wick.

DIY Mason Jar Holiday Floating Candle

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This next Christmas candle is very similar to the previous Christmas candle. However, instead of containing pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and dried oranges, this one only has cranberries and pine sprigs. Also, unlike the previous Christmas candle, this one is not an oil candle but is instead made of water only. It is very easy to make. Here is how to do it:

Supplies Needed:

  • One floating candle or tealight
  • 3-4 fresh sprigs pine (or plastic)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (or red plastic beads)
  • 2-feet twine
  • Half gallon mason jar
  • Essential oils, optional 
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Twist your length of twine around the top of the mason jar, covering the entire lip. Secure the twine by tying or by adding a small dab of hot glue.
  2. Trim the ends off of the twine. 
  3. Fill the mason jar halfway with water.
  4. Once you have filled the mason jar, add some pine sprigs and arrange them as desired.
  5. Fill the mason jar to the 3/4 full mark and then add the cranberries or beads. Nestle the floating candle securely in the cranberries.
  6. If you are planning to gift your jar, glue the twine around the lid and omit the water.

Simple Homemade Scented Holiday Candles

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These next Christmas candles are very easy to make. Use whatever kind of essential oils you would like for these candles. Here is how to make them.

Supplies Needed:

  • Small glass jar
  • Wooden dowel
  • Wick
  • Glue dot
  • Soy wax flakes
  • Essential oil (in desired scents)
  • Double boiler
  • Pot holder
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Start by filling the glass jar twice with your wax flakes to ensure there is enough wax for the candle. Using a double boiler, melt down the soy wax flakes. Stir the wax with a wooden dowel until completely liquefied. It will need to be about 180 degrees F.
  2. Allow the wax to cool down to 100 degrees F. This helps prevent the candle from cracking as it becomes solid. While cooling, attach a wick to the bottom of the jar using a glue dot. Twist a wooden dowel around the wick to help keep the wick upright when pouring the wax into the jar.
  3. Mix your essential oils into the wax. Use whatever kinds of essential oils that you like. For an evergreen tree scent, combine 10 drops of balsam fir needle and 5 drops of eucalyptus. For a spiced cider scent, combine 10 drops of sweet orange and 5 drops of clove bud. If you want a snickerdoodle scent, combine 10 drops of vanilla and 5 drops of cinnamon.
  4. Carefully pour the wax into the jar. Allow the wax to sit for 24 hours. Trim the wick using scissors.
  5. The last step is to decorate the candles. You can do this with ribbon, burlap, and buttons. If they will be gifts, write on them what scent they are.

Final Thoughts

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. While there are so many ways to enjoy Christmas, one of the best ways to have fun this time of year is to make DIY crafts. In this article, I went over different ideas for making Christmas candles. Christmas candles are so easy to make, and they make great homemade gifts. You can also use Christmas candles to decorate your home. They make great centerpieces on tables, especially around Holly or other Christmas plants. I hope this article has helped you understand more about making homemade Christmas candles. Have fun!

Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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