How to Make Easy DIY Candles at Home + 13 Unique Candle Container Ideas

Making a DIY candle at home has never been easier with my new favorite candle repour kit shortcut. Candles are my favorite way to elevate my mood year round and creating them with this fun kit makes it super simple. You’ll be re-pouring candles into anything you can get your hands on in no time.  Learn how easy it is to make these DIY candles at home plus learn 13 unique container ideas.

what you’ll need to make your own diy candles at home

Farm Finds Candles Candle Repour Kit

WATCH step by step video instructions on how to repour diy candles HERE

  1. Choose your scent. (see below)
  2. Microwave your re-pour container for 30 seconds and then squish the sides only.Melting the DIY Candle Soy Wax
  3. Return the candle wax to the microwave for 15-30 seconds longer then remove carefully.
  4. Using a plastic disposable spoon, stir the wax for a minute or two to remove as many lumps as possible, leaving a creamy smooth consistency. 
  5. Apply wick stickers to the bottom of your container.
  6. Attach wicks to the stickers.
  7. Stabilize your wicks with the chopsticks.  Use a weight if needed. (I used my ‘share’ block)Wick Placement Stabilizer
  8.  Pour DIY Candle wax into your container slowly, then tap lightly on surface to smooth out any bubbles. Allow to cure for 7 days before enjoying.DIY Candle Wick Placement

13 unique diy Candle container ideas for recycling

DIY Candles in vintage tin with lid

 

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  • Vintage tins are a fun way to recycle something old and create a DIY candle at home. Sometimes these tins are hard to find which make them that much more special to collect a set or to give as a gift! Guess which scent I’m using in this tin?  Farm Finds Morning Coffee of course!  Use my special code “CRUSH10” at checkout for an extra 10% off your entire order!  Recycled Brick for Candle
  • A recycled brick can be a fun and inexpensive way to create a unique candle poured at home. The vintage bricks could be a fun conversation piece to add to a spring porch tablescape.Wooden Dough Bowl Candle
  • My friend Jennifer Hagenbuch makes the most amazing Wooden Dough Bowl Candles!  Dough bowls make a great container for DIY candles, but if you’d rather grab one of her ready to go candles, you can shop them HEREUse my special code at checkout for an extra discount “CRUSH2020”

Thymes Simmered Cider Copper Cup Candle

  • Copper mugs are pretty all on their own, but what if they could double as a homemade candle? This makes it one of my top choices of containers for re-pouring a candle.  Traditionally used for a “Moscow Mule” cocktail, this unique DIY Candle will now be able to make it’s debut at the dinner table in a whole new light!  LOL

Starbucks Bottle Candle

Seashell Candle Display

Vintage Amber Glassware Candle

  • Vintage Glassware is my favorite container for creating and displaying candles. There are so many choices to choose from and half the fun is shopping for just the perfect piece to use. This amber candy dish is gorgeous!

Illuminated Estate Hand Poured Goblet Candles

  • Gorgeous goblets and glasses no longer need to hide out in the china cabinet!  Make your tablescape special by making a DIY candle using a crystal champagne flute or wine glass. These can be found in most thrift stores at a huge discount when they are not part of a complete set! 

Recycled Tin Can Candle with Love Tag

Vintage Teacup Candles

  • Any variety of vintage china teacups make a great candle for displaying.  What a fun way to recycle those single pieces of china that are not otherwise being used.  I love to keep my eye out for these in antique malls, booths and flea markets.  You never know what you’ll find!

Orange Scented Candles for Repour

  • Oranges are a super simple container idea for repouring your candles. Scoop out the center and pour your favorite citrus scent inside or use a few drops of citronella to keep the bugs away!  

Funfetti Mason Jar Candle

  • Mason jars make the easiest candle containers!  They are so easy to find and I love that they are ‘see-through’ so that you can get extra creative with what you use to embellish your candle.
    Cookie Cutter Candles
  • Cookie Cutters are a fun way to create unique candles at home! Be sure to place them inside another container when you’re ready to burn them!  These seasonal cutters are cute diy candles.

Southern Crush Logo Coffee Mug

worker bee mug

  • This is the mug that I poured LIVE on Facebook! It can be found in my friend’s shop HEREUse my special code at checkout for an extra discount “CRUSH2020”

Diy candles make great gifts, too!

I love making these quick and easy microwaveable candles! They are fun to place all around my home on bookshelves, countertops, mantles and coffee tables; however, my favorite thing to do is give them away as gifts.  These are so appreciated because you can get really creative and personal with the container you choose to gift your DIY candle in. Tell me, will you be making some of these soon?

other great diy gift ideas

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Farm Finds list of  signature Candle Fragrances

B & B Breakfast – Part of the treat of staying at a Bed and Breakfast is the amazing food they serve.  Is there anything better than walking down in the morning to the tantilizing smell of breakfast that you didn’t have to cook?    This fragrance captures that in a candle.  Fresh waffles, rich thick syrup, even a hint of butter.  Pair this with our Morning Coffee fragrance and your home will come alive with breakfast smells.

Country Rain – Does the rain smell different in the country?  We think it does – fresher, cleaner, more woody.  This fresh light scent is great for those who love to walk outside after a rain and breath deep.

Cup of Tea – Think of the tea they serve at those pampering spas…this amazing fragrance smells like an exotic blend of the most luxurious teas.  Infused with bergamot, ginger, jasmine, lemon, mandarin, nutmeg and orange essential oils. 

Date Night – Complex and heart-warming, like any good date night should be.  With top notes of a deep rich red wine, rounded out with peppery spiciness.  This unique scent is bound to become one of your favorites.

Ginger & Fig – A great mixture of fresh ginger root and plump ripe figs.  This unique scent is a perfect combo of fresh and fruity.

Grandpa’s Tobacco- This smells just like Grandpa’s “Good” tobacco.  Notes of herbaceous tobacco leaf with hints of fruity wine, spicy cinnamon, warm cloves, aromatic incense and earthy patchouli.  Masculine, refreshing and soothing.

Lavender Trail – Imagine walking through an apple orchard and ambling across a patch of wild lavender.  Very smooth mix of apples with light woodsy touch of oak, with a base note of soft wild lavender.

Lilac – One of my favorite spring fragrances is fresh cut lilac branches!!  It took a long time to find a true to life fragrance substitute but this is it!  You’ll LOVE it!! 

Mint Mojito – This one shocked me…this is nice and fresh.  A unique spring/summer fragrance that smells incredible coupled with both spice and fresh fragrances.  

Morning Coffee – Don’t you LOVE the smell of coffee in the morning!!  I think we all do.  Well this fragrance will give you that warm feeling all day long.  Like a steaming cup of freshly brewed Colombian coffee.  Bold, enticing and elegant with hints of brandy, brown sugar, and cocoa beans.  MMMMM…I LOVE my coffee!!

Orange Slices – When someone peels an orange that fresh refreshing scent fills a room, we wanted that!  And this fragrance delivers.  A true fresh orange scent.

Pumpkin Roll – A staple at any Country Fair.  So yummy, we can’t seem to get enough.  You’ll find notes of creamy pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, cardamom, Vermont maple, rum, french vanilla and caramelized sugar. Oh so delicious!

Snickerdoodle – this incredibly true fragrance is intoxicating!  If you LOVE Snickerdoodle cookies you HAVE to try this fragrance, you’ll never be the same again.

Spiced Pear – Fresh Juicy pear baked to perfection in a rich blend of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and topped off with a drizzle of brandy.  Yummy baked fruit goodness.

Spice Rack – Oh My Goodness!!  Really??  This fragrance smells like you crawled up in your spice cupboard and cuddled in.  Blend of warm spices, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.  If you are a spice lover you will go crazy for this fragrance.  It is truly one of the most unique spice fragrances I have found.  One of my absolute favorites.

Strawberry Shortcake – Mmmm…close your eyes and picture an early summer bowl of strawberries and shortcake, loaded with whipped cream of course!  That’s the scent!  It will fit perfectly into your summer candle FUN! 

Toasted Marshmallow – For all you vanilla lovers!!  Imagine a marshmallow on a stick, just slightly toasted by the fire.  If you are a Vanilla lover this takes that type of fragrance to the next level!  LOVE IT!

Vanilla Extract – A true and pure vanilla!!  Nothing fighting with the true essence, simply Vanilla.

basic ways to take care of your diy candle

  • Allow your candle to burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size the first time you light it.  This will prevent a “tunneling” effect and create what is called a “memory ring”.  Once the candle has an even ring of wax missing it will continue to burn evenly for the life of the candle.
  • Keep your wicks trimmed between uses to help your DIY candle burn more cleanly and efficiently. The actual length of the wick will vary by the candle’s size and shape. Trim it just below the “mushroom” section of the burned wick. Do not trim your wick too short towards the base or it will ruin your candle.
  • Store your seasonal DIY candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to protect it from fading and discoloration. Ideally somewhere between 50ºF and 85ºF as extreme cold causes cracking and separation and extreme heat causes… well you know what that does.  LOL!
  • Once your DIY candle reaches about a half inch from the bottom of your container, it’s time to recycle it and create a new candle!  This will prevent keep the candle fresh and fragrant while avoiding any heat damage to the counter/surface or container itself.  GRAB a new Farm Finds Re-Pour Candle Kit HERE!  Use my special code “CRUSH10” at checkout for an extra 10% off your entire order! 
  • CANDLE SAFETY: Always burn candles well away from drafts and anything flammable. Make sure burning candles are out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
DIY Candle Wick Placement

How to Make a DIY Candle

Making a DIY candle at home has never been easier with my new favorite candle repour kit shortcut. Candles are my favorite way to elevate my mood year round and creating them with this fun kit makes it super simple.
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Container of your choice
  • 1 Microwave
  • 1 Plastic Spoon
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Farm Finds Candle Re-Pour Kit (Use Code: CRUSH10 for an extra 10% off your order)

Instructions
 

  • Choose your scent.
  • Microwave your re-pour container for 30 seconds and then squish the sides only.
  • Return the candle wax to the microwave for 15-30 seconds longer then remove carefully.
  • Using a plastic disposable spoon, stir the wax for a minute or two to remove as many lumps as possible, leaving a creamy smooth consistency. 
  • Apply wick stickers to the bottom of your container.Attach wicks to the stickers.
  • Stabilize your wicks with the chopsticks.  Use a weight if needed.
  • Pour DIY Candle wax into your container slowly, then tap lightly on surface to smooth out any bubbles.
  • Allow to cure for 7 days before enjoying.
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29 Comments

  1. Liz Ruggiero says:

    I love the idea of making candles .. definitely after the holidays

  2. Love these ideas. I have discovered similar path independently and loved so much that it is now small business

  3. Omie Cazzell says:

    This is great!! I love candles but have never made any.

  4. Linda Deaton says:

    5 stars
    Awesome candle ideas! AND a basically mess-free way to make them. Love it.

  5. Cannot wait to do this! What great container ideas!

    1. southerncrush says:

      I love all the container ideas! Can you think of some I may have missed?

  6. Snickerdoodles sounds delicious. says:

    Snickerdoodles sounds delicious.

  7. What a great idea!! Mess-free candle diy!! Love the tea cup idea!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Mess free is the only way I roll! Sorta…

  8. Penny Kitchens says:

    The instructions are so simple and the ideas for containers are awesome. Now I’ll be seeing everything as a candle container. Thanks for this blog.

  9. Love the cup candle. Would make great individual gifts. 🌸

    1. southerncrush says:

      Yes! Great gifts

  10. Sherry Brady says:

    Haven’t made candles since I was a teenager….time to try it again!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Definitely!! They must be all burned by now… and even so, candles are timeless!

  11. Tamara Owen says:

    5 stars
    I have made candles before and love some of these ideas. I have reused vanilla bean jars, Mason jars, and all kinds of unique glassware I could find or that was gifted to me.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Oh wow! I’d love to know what a vanilla bean jar looks like? Can you reply with a picture here below? Sounds wonderful!!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      All the time! We really needed them during our snow storm this year! It was CRAZY!

  12. Bonita Cheatham says:

    5 stars
    I LOVE the game sea of making a one of a kind candle!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    1. southerncrush says:

      It opens up so many options!!!

  13. Regina Fuderer says:

    5 stars
    OMG These are such great ideas, and I love the chopsticks to hold the wicks! Genius!!

    1. southerncrush says:

      Isn’t that clever?

  14. Debra Graham says:

    I like that these are made from soy. Better for your health than the old fashion wax. And I must say I love the cup. It is beautiful.

    1. southerncrush says:

      me too! Thanks for being here!!! I appreciate you

  15. Donna Davis says:

    How do you buy this

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