Upcycled candles are the perfect gift! With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about upcycled presents. We love handmade presents. They are a meaningful way to show that you care. Upcycled candles make amazing gifts because they add such a lovely and cozy atmosphere. Read on for our top ideas for upcycled candles.

upcycled candles Source: A Pumpkin and a Princess

Basically, everyone loves candles! As such, one can safely assume that candles will remain the go-to gifting choice for many of us. However, this doesn’t mean that gifting candles has to be a stale affair. You can make your gift stand out by not buying mass-produced, mainstream candles and instead creating small-batch, artisanal candles. Furthermore, adding custom holographic stickers to the candle jars, or the boxes in which they are packaged, is a simple yet powerful touch that will distinguish your gifts from others.

tin candles

Making your own upcycled candles is easy. Here’s how:

Step 1. Gather your upcycled containers. Try using mason jars, tins or tea cups. The thrift store is the perfect place to find these!

Step 2. Glue the wick to the center of the vessel. Or, balance the wick between a clothespin to hold it in place as your wax sets.

Making mason jar candles Source: Garden Therapy

Step 3. Melt soy wax flakes in a double boiler. Pour the melted wax into the vessel.

Step 4. (Optional) Add fragrance. One of the best parts of pouring your own soy-wax candles is that it allows you to experiment with your own blend of essential oils. Or, you can add lavender or rosemary sprigs to your candles!

upcycled mason jars Source: Sustain my Craft Habit

Step 5. (Optional). Add a personal touch like twine, a sprig of flowers or leaves. Or make your own customer sticker for the top of your tin or outside of the mason jar.

Outside of their immense popularity and blissful smell, candles are a fantastic gift choice for loved ones who care about their carbon footprint and engage in upcycling. You can also make upcycled candles in secondhand teacups.

upcycling teacups Source: Upcycle That

The party doesn’t have to stop once the candle is fully used up!

Below are some innovative and clever ways to make use of your empty candle jars:

  • Clean and disinfect the empty containers thoroughly before filling them with candy, cookies, or other delicious edibles, and you can use them as a gift.
  • If the size of the jar is appropriate, you can use it as a makeshift pot plant for smaller plants. Just clean it, fill it with soil, and place germinated seeds in it.
  • Use your jar as a storage container that can hold a wide range of items such as toothbrushes, make-up brushes, coffee, tea, stationery, and anything in-between.
  • Turn your used candle holder into a vessel for potpourri. Just add some aesthetic dried flowers and aromatic spices.
  • Reuse the canister for candles again. Whether you have leftover wax from other candles or you want to make your own from soy and fragrances, why not restore the jar to its former glory?

Another option for DIY candles is floating candles in mason jars. This is a great way to make seasonal, scented candles without having to pour wax! Make a lovely fall fragrance with cloves, orange, and essential oils.

floating candles Source: The Country Chic Cottage

Which of these upcycled candle ideas is your favourite? 

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